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  Date: 19/11/2013

Free ARM Cortex 32 bit embedded systems seminar, kit and contest

Are you a fresh-er electronics engineer graduate/student looking for quality free training on embedded systems course. There are enough resources available online to learn practical as well as theoretical aspects of embedded systems software and hardware design engineering. One such interesting opportunity now in this month of November 2013 is to learn embedded systems for free and also receive a free ARM Cortex 32-bit microcontroller based kit/board.

If you are an already an expert in embedded systems design and looking for a challenging opportunity to develop interesting project there is also a contest to design embedded system based on ST Microelectronics ARM Cortex M4 based STM32F429 microcontroller. There are prizes worth US$10,000 for the winners.

ST microelectronics is arranging a free design seminar in Bangkok, Thailand (Tue, 12 Nov), Hanoi, Vietnam (Thu, 14 Nov), Mumbai, India (Tue, 19 Nov) or Bangalore, India (Thu, 21 Nov) on the subject of designing embedded electronic systems using ARM Cortex M0 based microcontroller STM32F030. Free Discovery Kit is also given to early registrants. Interesting part of this seminar is, there is a session on free IDE compiler from the embedded software vendor Coocox. The development software environment is also very important in writing good system C program/code and execute it successfully. Coocox is one of the rare embedded software vendor offering unlimited free version of IDE.

To register for the event visit the site:

If you already undergone training in 32-bit embedded systems course, here is an opportunity to participate in a Embedded Systems design contest organised by KEOLABS in partnership with ST Microelectronics.
The STM32 Chrom-ART Application Design Contest – an open competition for application designers using the STM32F429 microcontroller, Chrom-ART Graphics Accelerator and the EvoPrimer development platform. Created in cooperation with STMicroelectronics. The contest promotes innovative uses of graphics and displays in microcontroller applications among engineers, students and electronics hobbyists worldwide.

Contest participants will implement their designs using the latest microcontroller in the STM32 family – the STM32F429 with ARM Cortex-M4 core. It offers a 2-Dimensional Direct Memory Access (DMA2D) peripheral for managing and displaying graphics on TFT LCD screens. Known as the Chrom-ART Accelerator, the peripheral is supported by on-chip drivers for external memory, displays and cameras and provides unprecedented graphics-handling capabilities to enhance user interfaces in microcontroller applications.

“In our industry-leading STM32 microcontroller family, ST provides the integrated features that enable innovation in microcontroller applications,” said Laurent Desseignes, Microcontroller Ecosystem Marketing manager. “The STM32 Chrom-ART Design Contest is a catalyst for creative applications and sharing of know-how within the microcontroller community.”

Contest participants will implement applications on the STM32F429 EvoPrimer development platform. The tool includes a color TFT touchscreen and a complete compiling and debugging tool set. It eases application creation by providing sample software and an application programming interface for the Chrom-ART Accelerator. The platform allows users to rapidly enhance their applications’ graphical interfaces with handling of multiple graphic objects, transparency, layering, movement and animation with very simple code and without detracting from processor performance.

The contest runs worldwide until February, 15 2014 and offers total prizes in excess of $10 000 USD to the six most successful designs. The designs will be evaluated on their originality, functionality and quality. The most promising contest entries will be presented at the 2014 Embedded World exhibition in Nuremberg Germany, where visitors will have the opportunity try the applications and vote for their favorite.

To enroll yourself in this embedded system design contest and to get more information visit, http://www.stm32circle.com

Note: We learned from ST that the registeration for this year's seminar is full and closed. We will post on our website on any future plans by ST in arranging one more such event.

Meanwhile we also have published free online embedded systems course material, you can find them at : http://www.eeherald.com/section/design-guide/esmod1.html

Author: Srinivasa Reddy N
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