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Aston Old Boy grants £16,000 to University Department

12 January 2002

Aston Old Boy grants �16,000 to University Department

MIKE BEACH, a graduate from Aston, returns to his former university with a generous gift. Mike, now Managing Director with Hitex Development Tools, based in Coventry, is donating �16,000 worth of specialist equipment to the Electronic Engineering subject group in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the department in which he learned his trade.

The generous donation will enable Aston University students to work with industry-standard equipment. This will vastly improve the quality of the student engineers' training. And graduating with such relevant experience will undoubtedly make them more employable after graduation.

Aston University's Dr Geof Carpenter, Mike Beach's former tutor, said of the donation: "To be frank, I'm delighted with this generous offer. We have a tradition of teaching system design using classical microprocessors and it's served our graduates well.

"With this new kit we can extend this work by exposing students to modern high performance micro-controllers the sort of electronic systems that control your car, or the gadgets in your household, as well as equipment in every facet of industry. It is a great opportunity, for us and our students, and a lovely working environment to try out new designs. I just need to be careful I don't get seduced in spending all my spare moments playing with the equipment!"

Mike Beach added: "Unfortunately, long-standing funding constraints within the higher education sector has meant that student engineers often get access only to outdated microprocessor systems and development tools that are unrepresentative of those in industry.

"Indeed, many universities still use late 1970s/ early 1980s systems for basic training, which in the context of such a fast-moving field is a major cause of concern." This will undoubtedly give Aston's Electronic Engineering students the edge over graduates from other universities where the outdated systems are still being used.

Ends

For further information please call 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

The donation comprises:

• Hitex DPROBE167 In-Circuit Emulator (a state-of-the-art tool, in itself work �8,000)

• 20 x The Infineon 166 Developers Guide

• 20 x The Infineon 166 Primer

• 20 x Infineon 167Cs starter kits. Each contains complete industrial dev boards, assembled/ tested etc

• Full printed manuals for both supplied hardware and software

• Data books

• Full circuit diagrams

• Power supplies

• Serial leads

• Data CDs

• 20 x DAVE (Infineon "CASE Tool" (writes stub code automatically)

• 20 x Keil C166 compiler with debuggers, simulator and monitor

• 20 x Hitex 167 Simulator & monitor

• Full printed manuals for both supplied hardware and software

• Data books

• Full circuit diagrams

• Power supplies

• Serial leads

• Data CDs

• Teaching aids

• Application notes

• Technical Presentations as used in Hitex & Infineon Industrial training courses

For further information on Hitex see: www.hitex.co.uk

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