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Renesas Electronics Europe and the University of Glamorgan unveil the Renesas Embedded Systems Laboratory

(PresseBox) (Dusseldorf, ) Renesas Electronics Europe and the University of Glamorgan today announced the official opening of the Renesas Embedded Systems Laboratory for electronics engineering students within the University's Faculty of Advanced Technology. The two organisations have been working together for the past five years with Renesas making regular donations of development tools and microcontrollers. The ongoing support from Renesas and the productive relationship between the two organisations has prompted the University to name its Embedded Systems Laboratory after Renesas.

Renesas Electronics is the world's leading supplier of microcontrollers and has been supplying a range of these products to the University for use as course material and in final-year projects by students. A recent highlight was the donation by Renesas of the RX family of 32-bit microcontrollers with integrated Ethernet and USB connectivity. These devices combine high performance with low power consumption and are widely used for embedded applications in a variety of industries. In this way, Renesas is helping to familiarise students with technologies that are in day-to-day use and prepare them for their future careers.

The University, which has three campuses in South Wales, has an excellent track record for its engineering courses. As noted on the Unistats website, the Faculty of Advanced Technology's electronics engineering courses achieved an overall student satisfaction score of 97% in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) - the highest in the whole of the UK for this subject. The Faculty's new Renesas Embedded Systems Lab comprises 25 new high-end terminals running cutting-edge tools. The facility was designed in collaboration with Renesas, whose sponsorship helps ensure that the students are always working with the latest technologies and development tools.

"We're proud that the University of Glamorgan has decided to name their Embedded Systems Laboratory after Renesas, but even more honoured to be working with an organisation that gives tomorrow's electronics engineers the optimal start to their professional careers," said Stuart Archer European FAE Manager at Renesas Electronics Europe. "The fact that students themselves have ranked the University first in the UK for electronics engineering in the latest NSS study bears witness to this exceptional level of commitment."

David Scammell of the University's Faculty of Advanced Technology said, "We're very fortunate having our courses supported by the world's leading supplier of Microcontrollers. Their latest donation of the RX62N Demonstration boards will extend our students experience to 32bit devices and Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) supporting USB and Ethernet protocols."

About Glamorgan University

The University of Glamorgan was founded in 1913 and gained university status in 1992. It has been delivering its BEng/MEng and HND programmes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering for over 30 years. The Faculty of Advanced Technology offers a diverse array of courses from Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Quantity Surveying to Computer Forensics and Mathematics. Located on the main Treforest Campus, it has 155 academic staff, over 150 courses, more than 3,700 students, 1,555 part time students, 525 international students and 165 research students. The Faculty's courses have been designed with employability in mind, covering the full academic and vocational spectrum. The fast pace of modern life means that the Faculty is continually updating and improving its courses and the ways in which they are taught to help prepare students for their professional lives. Further information: www.glam.ac.uk or Dr David Scammell, Faculty of Advanced Technology, dscammel@glam.ac.uk.

Renesas Electronics Europe

Renesas Electronics Europe with its Business Operations Centre located in Dusseldorf, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers and a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions, secure MCU applications and a broad-range of analog and power devices. Renesas Electronics' European structure is comprised of three dedicated business groups serving the region's key markets: automotive, communications & consumer and industrial. The business groups are supported by the Engineering Group, which itself includes the Engineering Design Centre; the European Quality Centre that provides technical support to local customers in Europe; and the European Technology Centre to design leading-edge products specifically for the European market. Further information about Renesas Electronics Europe can be found at: www.renesas.eu.

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