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ARM Launches Embedded Systems Education Kit to Make Students Work-ready

Cambridge, UK, 30 October, 2014 - ARM today unveiled a low-cost toolkit for universities enabling educators to teach industry-standard embedded systems design and programming concepts. The ARM® Embedded Education Kit gives students access to the latest ARM and ARM Partner technologies, fully equipping them for jobs in the embedded design industry. The kit is available now and will also be used to train researchers and developers working in the university sector in ARM-based technologies. 

"The ARM Embedded Education Kit delivers professional training to students and developers, enabling them to meet real world challenges," said Khaled Benkrid, manager, worldwide university program, ARM. "Our partnership with NXP and Embedded Artists provides hands-on training using the same hardware and software platforms that professional embedded sector developers are using now, making this a fast-track to a rewarding career."

The toolkit contains everything an educator needs to set up a complete embedded systems design and programming curriculum. It expands the ARM Lab-in-a-Box product announced in early 2014. The kit costs less than €20 per student/per course and comprises:
  • Hardware boards (ARM Cortex®-M4 processor based LPC4088 QuickStart Board and LPC4088 Experiment Base Board from Embedded Artists and NXP)
  • ARM Keil® MDK-ARM Pro microcontroller development suite software licences
  • Complete teaching materials including lecture note slides, demonstration code and hands-on lab manuals with solutions in source for four embedded system courses: 'Efficient embedded systems design and programming' teaches microcontroller fundamentals using the powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 based LPC4088 microcontroller from NXP
  • 'Rapid embedded system design and programming' delivers embedded systems design training for the high-level ARM mbed™ API
  • 'OS design' uses the royalty-free ARM Keil RTX RTOS to show how to design, program and optimize RTOS-based applications
  • 'DSP' teaches students about digital signal processing techniques and practice, especially for audio applications, using ARM Cortex-M4 based platforms.

As part of ARM's philanthropic efforts, all teaching materials are provided free of charge to universities worldwide. The full education kit is available immediately. More information can be found on the ARM University Program website.


Partner Quotes:

NXP: "When we were approached by ARM about the Education Kit series last year, we immediately saw the value of such an offering to academics and students worldwide," said Brendon Slade, director, tools and embedded ecosystem, NXP. "We are delighted our LPC microcontrollers are the first to be used in this innovative educational product and look forward to supporting further developments in the future."

Embedded Artists: "The hardware platform that we have created for the ARM Embedded Education Kit series gives students and professionals a quick start in learning, experimenting and prototyping embedded systems," said Anders Rosvall, technical director, Embedded Artists. "We are supporting this innovative product with additional hardware to enhance the user experience even further, including graphical displays and IoT related communication hardware."