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By Rich Handley

STMicroelectronics Launches Course on IoT-Enabled Embedded Systems

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor company serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced the availability of its "Introduction to Embedded Systems with SensorTile" course. The course is open to all, including students, makers, budding engineers and computer scientists.

With a curriculum developed by Professor William Kaiser at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and used to teach his freshman engineering class, the online course resources provide a foundation to understand the fundamentals of a sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled embedded system. Professors at other universities are also encouraged to adapt and contribute to the course.

The introductory course of eight self-paced tutorials is designed around ST's SensorTile, a real-time IoT-enabled embedded system on a postage-stamp-sized module. The module, measuring 13.5 millimeters by 13.5 millimeters (0.5 inch by 0.5 inch), combines a high-performance, low-power STM32 Arm Cortex-M core microcontroller, five micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) sensors—an inertial sensor containing an accelerometer, a gyroscope, an e-compass, a pressure sensor and a microphone—and a Bluetooth network processor. A kit containing the module, cables, cradles and a battery is available from resellers for approximately $80.

"The joint effort with ST to make the eight tutorials freely available online, with a full complement of documentation, open-source algorithms and development solutions, and unfettered access to a growing user forum is a terrific way to ensure the sustainability of a community that we hope will expand to include community colleges, other universities, and even high-school programs and self-starters," Kaiser said in a prepared statement. "In fact, while we've made the tutorials simple, yet powerful, we know newcomers will find an obstacle somewhere, and we're counting on the passion of users in the community to help them overcome those inevitable roadblocks."

Those interested in learning more about the tutorial or purchasing a SensorTile kit can visit the company's website. Additional information is available at ST's blog.

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