Thursday, May 12, 2011

STMicroelectronics and McGill University Collaborate to Create New Undergraduate Course in Multiple Sensor Integration

Geneva and Montreal, May 12, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications 1 and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) devices for consumer and portable applications , and McGill University, Montreal, Canada, one of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, today announced that they have collaborated to create an undergraduate course that teaches the integration of multiple state-of-the-art sensors into embedded computer systems. Some 35 students have already completed the course, which started in January 2011.

The new course, which is the first of its kind in North America, includes laboratory exercises and a final project that enables students to analyse and design systems that include the integration of data from multiple sensors. It was designed by Professor Zeljko Zilic of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University and is based around ST’s award-winning iNEMO, a unique platform that integrates ST’s most advanced accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers, together with pressure and temperature sensors, to provide 3-axis sensing of linear, angular and magnetic motion, complemented with temperature and barometer/altitude readings.