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Future Electronics Offers Workshops

MONTREAL — Future Electronics is offering free “Kinetis™ Connects with MQX™ RTOS” training workshops for design engineers to quickly learn how to use the newly announced Kinetis ARM® Cortex™-M4 microcontrollers from Freescale Semiconductor. Kinetis offers unprecedented flexibility in scalable design with entry level parts starting as low as $1, while at the same time offering the most highly enabled parts with USB, Ethernet, DSP capability and external memory interfaces.

“Freescale’s complementary MQX RTOS is radically changing how quickly and easily both simple systems and more complex USB and Ethernet stack based systems are brought to market,” explained Frantz Saintellemy, VP and CTO Future Electronics.

Future has partnered with ARM tools vendor IAR, and with Embedded Access (EAI) – the originators of MQX RTOS – to present these one day, hands-on workshops. Future Electronics has been engaged with Embedded Access for many years, and was recently recognized with a NEDA Gold Award for their MQX-celeration program. Both IAR and Embedded Access will be active participants in the regional workshops. In addition to learning about MQX RTOS through comprehensive labs, participants will receive a free Freescale Kinetis Tower System based on either the K40 (USB) or K60 (Ethernet) family of devices, valued at $139. Future Electronics is pleased to offer this valuable class and development board at no cost. The workshop will be offered at more than 30 locations across North America.

“The ‘Kinetis Connects with MQX RTOS’ workshop gives Future and Freescale an opportunity to not only introduce our new Kinetis Family of ARM Cortex-M4 based microcontroller solutions, but also to show how Freescale enablement and the MQX RTOS easily ‘connects’ Kinetis developers to Ethernet, USB, high-performance analog, and touch sensing. This reduces development time, and speeds time to market,” said Jeff Bock, Director of marketing, industrial and multi-market microcontrollers for Freescale.

The hands-on workshop includes labs covering the essential and advanced features of the IAR tools such as MQX Kernel aware debugging, “bare metal” design examples, and MQX labs highlighting its use in traditional simple designs, USB centric systems, and Ethernet webserver embedded applications. Experts from Future Electronics, IAR and EAI will be presenting. While the main focus of the workshop is the labs, engineers will also learn about the precision mixed signal Analog, ultra low power operation and standby, and unique features such as 90nm FlexMemory on the parts.

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