Discovering the world of IoT with the Connected MCU Lab

The most important new release from the Imagination University Program (IUP) this year is the Connected Microcontroller (MCU) Lab. It’s a semester-long course that provides educators with everything they need to teach the basics of MCUs and IoT to an undergraduate class. The Connected MCU Lab takes students through the basic microcontroller and I/O features, … Read more

Why partners matter in today's semiconductor industry

I still remember when I entered the world’s biggest semiconductor company by value in 1980. This was an era where not invented here was the motto for many silicon vendors. And if they didn’t invent it, they made sure to convince everyone else that it wasn’t needed. Semiconductor companies also had a habit of doing … Read more

MIPSfpga programme opens up the MIPS architecture to universities worldwide

Please please please don’t obfuscate it! said a famous professor when I mentioned the outline of MIPSfpga, an exciting project part of the Imagination University Programme (IUP) I was working on at the time. The journey from IP to real hardware I’m a hardware guy by background. For me a tool is a solid object, … Read more

Introducing IUP, the Imagination University Programme

Having managed several university programmes for some of the world’s leading semiconductor companies, I have found that there are three reasons why companies should engage with academia: Recruitment – to find people Research – to discover new ideas Marketing – to influence the broader market It’s this last topic – Marketing – that mystifies most … Read more