Renesas Electronics has been supplying a range of these products to the University for use as course material and in final-year projects by students. A recent highlight was the donation by Renesas of the RX family of 32-bit microcontrollers with integrated Ethernet and USB connectivity. These devices combine high performance with low power consumption and are widely used for embedded applications in a variety of industries. In this way, Renesas is helping to familiarise students with technologies that are in day-to-day use and prepare them for their future careers.
The University, which has three campuses in South Wales, has an excellent track record for its engineering courses. As noted on the Unistats website, the Faculty of Advanced Technology’s electronics engineering courses achieved an overall student satisfaction score of 97% in the latest National Student Survey – the highest in the whole of the UK for this subject. The Faculty’s new Renesas Embedded Systems Lab comprises 25 new high-end terminals running cutting-edge tools. The facility was designed in collaboration with Renesas, whose sponsorship helps ensure that the students are always working with the latest technologies and development tools.
“We’re proud that the University of Glamorgan has decided to name their Embedded Systems Laboratory after Renesas, but even more honoured to be working with an organisation that gives tomorrow’s electronics engineers the optimal start to their professional careers,” said Stuart Archer European FAE Manager at Renesas Electronics Europe. “The fact that students themselves have ranked the University first in the UK for electronics engineering in the latest NSS study bears witness to this exceptional level of commitment.”
David Scammell of the University’s Faculty of Advanced Technology said, “We're very fortunate having our courses supported by the world's leading supplier of Microcontrollers. Their latest donation of the RX62N Demonstration boards will extend our students experience to 32bit devices and Real Time Operating Systems supporting USB and Ethernet protocols.”