STMicroelectronics and Digikey are co-sponsoring an EE Times University online training course entitled “Fundamentals of Microcontrollers (MCUs): Hands-On Workshop”. The first two 45-minutes sessions will be theoretical and provide and overview of micro-controllers, and explain methods to select an MCU for a given project. The first 1,000 persons based in the US or Canada, who attended the first 2 sessions, will receive a free STM32F4 Discovery Board (ARM Cortex M4). The three next sessions, conveniently taking place about a week later, hopefully after you’ve received your board, will be an actual workshop with STM32F429 Discovery Board.
Here’s the detailed schedule for the training:
- December 2, 2013, 12PM (Eastern Time) – Session 1 – Introduction to Microcontrollers
- Common microcontroller architectures
- Peripherals: Timers, Communication, Analog
- December 3, 2013, 12PM (Eastern Time) – Session 2 – Selecting the Right Microcontroller
- 10 Steps to Selecting a microcontroller
- What to look for in a development kit
- Tool setup lab
- December 11, 2013, 12PM (Eastern Time) – Session 3 – An Overview of the STM32F4 Discovery Board (Hands-On Workshop)
- Overview of the STM32F4
- The ST family of microcontrollers
- Peripheral set: Graphics, DSP, Low power modes
- Onboard sensors: Gyro, etc.
- Toolchain setup
- MicoXplorer MCU graphical configuration tool
- December 12, 2013, 12PM (Eastern time) – Session 4 – Digital Signal Processing With the STM32F4 (Hands-On Workshop)
- Introduction to DSP
- DSP features
- DSP instructions
- Floating point
- DSP example
- December 13, 2013, 12PM (Eastern time) – Session 5 – Introduction to Graphics Processing (Hands-On Workshop)
- Introduction to graphics processing
- Graphics peripheral
- Graphics toolchain
You’ll also be able to participate in a group chat with the presenter after or during? the 45-minutes session. If you’re interested, you can find details, and register on EETimes University.
While I’m at it, there’s another free webinar about ARM Cortex M MCU presented by Doulos, that will take place on the 22nd of November, and explain how to “Squeeze the most out of battery-life using ARM Cortex-M processors“. Here’s the agenda for this 1-hour session:
- Example application problem
- Design goals to minimize energy profile
- Power modes
- Software architecture effects
- Super loops
- Interrupt driven
- Tips for energy conservation
- Energy profiling techniques
It will be repeated a couple of times during the day to cater for people living in different time zones. There will also be a prize draw, where one attendee will win a Freescale Kinetis L-Series Development Platform.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.