UNT College of Engineering receives technology equipment donation from Freescale Semiconductor

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas College of Engineering has announced a partnership with Freescale Semiconductor that will bring state-of-the-art technology and equipment to students in UNT's Department of Engineering Technology.

The partnership involves the Austin-based corporation's donation of Microcontroller Student Learning Kits to UNT.

Vijay Vaidyanathan, assistant professor in UNT's Department of Engineering Technology, said this donation from Freescale will enhance the department's curriculum, making students more competitive in today's challenging job market.

"The donated HCS12 series microcontrollers will be used as an integral part of the engineering technology course held in the Advanced Electronics Laboratory for Engineering Technology at UNT's Research Park. With this equipment, UNT engineering technology students will be able to perform advanced level operations in analog and digital electronics," he said.

"The microcontrollers also will enable our students to work with state-of-the-art technology in their first course on microprocessors. And additionally, this new technology will help students understand microprocessor basics, such as computer architecture, assembly language programming and interfacing," Vaidyanathan said.

According to Andy Mastronardi, worldwide director of Freescale's University Program, "Partnering with universities is a key component of Freescale's ongoing efforts to influence curriculum and help students build experience in preparation for entering today's technical workforce.

"Students' opportunities to work with microcontrollers, which are used in many electronic systems, will give them an important foundation," Mastronardi said.

Freescale is recognized as a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets.

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