Digi-Key & ARM support University Program with 'Lab-in-a-Box' logistics

July 17, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Available to participating Universities worldwide, the Program puts ARM-based technology into the hands of students to further education, build new skills, and jump-start careers: electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics has established a partnership with the ARM University Program to distribute the 'Lab-in-a-Box' (LiB) to higher educational institutions.

The LiB contains ARM-based technology and high quality, rigorous training materials that support electronics and computer engineering courses. Since its launch in February 2014, ARM LiBs have been successfully deployed in hundreds of universities worldwide, enabling an easy migration path for academics wanting to upgrade their existing curricula to state-of-the-art technologies from the ARM eco-system.

The Lab-in-a-Box package includes hardware development boards, professional software licences from ARM, and complete teaching materials from the ARM University Program ready to be deployed in classes. These include lecture note slides, demonstration codes, lab manuals and projects with solutions in source.

“Digi-Key is an excellent partner for distributing the full bill of materials of our education kits to a larger customer base worldwide," said Khaled Benkrid, Manager, Worldwide University Program, ARM. "This is an important initiative for the ARM University Program as it offers convenient access to the hardware components that go hand in hand with our teaching materials. This is integral to our mission of equipping tomorrow's engineers with the necessary tools to drive the creation of exciting and intelligent products that transform society."

The Program provides a variety of teaching materials, hardware platforms, software development tools, IP, and other resources for many academic courses including efficient embedded systems design and programming, SoC design, operating system design, and digital signal processing . Other Program initiatives include Professor Workshops, online teaching/training videos, design contest sponsorships and research support.

The first hardware kit ( www.digikey.com/en/resources/edu/arm-mbed) available from Digi-Key’s website is for the “Rapid Embedded System Design and Programming” Lab-in-a-Box, which includes the ARM Cortex-M4 based STMicroelectronics NUCLEO-F401RE microcontroller board. The corresponding teaching materials and software tools can be requested from the ARM University Program website ( www.arm.com/support/university/educators/index.php).

Digi-Key Electronics; www.digikey.com

ARM University programme; www.arm.com/support/university/