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ARM Releases Audio Lab in a Box for Universities

As part of its special university program, semiconductor IP company ARM now offers a digital signal processing Lab-in-a-Box that includes high definition home media and voice-controlled home automation systems to help support electronics and computer engineering courses.

The new lab kits will cost around $50 and contain hardware boards and audio cards and are designed to let students create their own high-quality audio applications. Set to begin shipping in July, the kits will only be available to universities at first.

A typical DSP Lab-in-a-Box contains:

  • Hardware boards (ARM Cortex-M4-based STM32F4 Discovery microcontroller boards from STMicroelectronics and Wolfson Audio Cards from Wolfson Microelectronics and Farnell element14).
  • One-year renewable software licences for the full ARM Keil MDK-Professional development tool from ARM.
  • Complete teaching materials, including lecture note slides, demonstration codes, and hands-on lab manuals with solutions in source.

"Low-cost Cortex-M4-based microcontroller development kits, combined with suitable audio interfaces, represent an exciting new opportunity to spread hands-on DSP teaching to a wider audience," said Donald Reay at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK in a statement. "These hardware and software tools are similar to those used for teaching and development of microcontroller applications and afford an ideal introduction to real-time and DSP concepts with wide applicability to embedded systems."

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Stephen Noonoo is an education technology journalist based in Los Angeles. He is on Twitter @stephenoonoo.

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