STMicroelectronics NV and Tsinghua University (THU) announced the establishment of Tsinghua-STM32 Embedded Association. The association aims to provide a coordinated platform for the study, research, exchange, and practical development of technologies and training of undergraduates interested in embedded systems covering areas such as the Internet of Things, aircraft, and smart devices. In this collaboration, ST will provide Tsinghua University with IC products and related hardware, as well as support on both technical and financial levels to facilitate student education in the design and development of innovative electronics projects in embedded systems. Tsinghua will make available its general-purpose facilities, premises, and the management of the Association.
At the unveiling ceremony, James Wiart, STMicroelectronics Director of Microcontroller Marketing and Application, Greater China and South Asia Region said, "We are privileged to build a strong cooperation with Tsinghua University, China's top University of Technology with strong research capabilities and talented students. ST has been providing unwavering long-term support in nurturing young talents in the engineering community and on-going initiatives, such as this, will further contribute to strengthening the knowledge and skill-sets of next-generation's engineers."
In his speech, Mr. Zongkai Shi, Deputy Secretary of Party Committee of Tsinghua University, encouraged students to fully leverage the support of cutting-edge technologies and rich resources of leading companies like ST for more innovations and to build a solid foundation to become excellent scientists in the future. "Tsinghua has been committed to encourage students' innovations as a national center for training engineers and scientists with both professional proficiency and personal integrity. As a world-leading company, ST's willingness to support the development of innovation in electronics applications in higher education demonstrates the Company's leadership and commitment and we believe such initiatives between enterprise and university will enhance the students' capability of innovation and scientific exercises."
Members of the Association demonstrated their projects, which included a Tri-rotor and Quad-rotor, at the inauguration event. The projects utilized key technologies such as multi-sensor data fusion, flight control, and real-time operating systems. One project demonstrated preliminary autonomous hover, on the Quad-rotor, with the ultimate goal of establishing a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) system to monitor and track targets beyond visual range.