The new Smart Systems laboratory at the University of Hertfordshire offers cutting-edge facilities for both students studying within the School of Engineering and Technology and companies wanting to benefit from collaborative research.
The Smart Systems laboratory provides an interactive environment and a fully equipped laboratory, which includes:
Our rapid development laboratory offers a range of technologies from embedded systems to surface computing and cloud-based solutions with thematic projects on:
Our progressive approach has attracted sponsorship and support from companies including Samsung, Microsoft, Gemalto, HostEurope (123-Reg division) and Building Research Establishment.
Once a year students are given mini projects which are small exercises developing simple systems of a couple of days.
mbed is an ARM based fast prototyping board that uses an 100Mhz LPC1768 microprocessor from the Cortex M3 family.
Interfaces supported include USB, SPI, I2C CAN, ethernet, and serial. Programs are written in C/C++ with an online compiler.
A wide range of libraries are already available supporting common hardware types like GPS or WiFi. There are already existing development boards that house the mbed.
Features100 MHz ARM with 64 KB of SRAM, 512 KB of Flash Ethernet, USB OTG GPIO, PWM, ADC, DAC Easy-to-use online tools: Web-based C/C++ programming environment Uses the ARM RealView compile engine API-driven development using libraries with intuitive interfaces