To address the shortage of people with analog electronics design skills, The Institute for System Level Integration (iSLI) has introduced a hands-on training tool to the professional development market that will enable would-be analog designers to design, build and perform measurements on analogue circuits. Ideal for new graduate designers, this tool is also pitched at those already working in the electronics industry who are looking to move from another area into analog electronics, including those with technician level skills.
Developed by the University of Edinburgh (UoE) with support from companies such as Analog Devices and Wolfson Microelectronics, it is hoped that the new integrated circuit (IC) and printed circuit board (PCB) teaching tool will inspire and enthuse a new generation of analog designers. Trials of the new IC chip and board have proved successful, with over 80 students on UoE's analogue degree modules having already used the package. Intended to develop problem-solving skills and makes analogue studies more appealing, the University says that the new teaching tool has helped uptake of analogue course options reach an all time high; with no absences and a noticeable rise in students putting in overtime in their analogue studies.
The latest generation of teaching board boasts advanced features including a built-in microcontroller, display screen and signal generator, allowing work to be carried out on the chip whilst viewing how it interacts with digital circuitry in a fully mixed-signal environment. It was developed with funding from Scottish Enterprise's Analogue Skills Initiative (ASI), which has a remit to promote and support analogue and mixed-signal design in Scotland
The training tool also features in iSLI's Analogue and Mixed-Signal Design module, part of its MSc Degree programme in System Level Integration. The MSc is available on a full-time, part-time or distance learning basis and will appeal to both graduates and experienced design engineers wishing to update their knowledge and skill set. For further information on the course, please contact the MSc Manager on +44 (0)1506 469300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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