MSC Gleichmann, Atmel and its development tool supplier IAR Systems, will host a one-day technical workshop on Atmel’s new Cortex A5 SAMA5D3 microprocessor on July 3 at Atmel’s UK offices in Bracknell. The workshop, presented by engineers from Atmel and IAR, will allow delegates to learn about the SAMA5D3 and its features and provide a hands-on opportunity to evaluate the supporting hardware and software development tools.

With its new SAMA5D3 Cortex-A5 family, Atmel has continued to expand its MPU product line in the direction of lower current consumption at maximum performance. The new derivatives are designed for applications that use full-fledged operating systems and are supported by packages for Linux and Android. The SAMA5D3 family offers standard peripherals such as I2C, SPI and UARTs, an LCD controller for TFT displays, and network connectivity with Gigabit and 10/100 Ethernet, USB and CAN interfaces.

The agenda for the day will open with an overview of Atmel’s MCUs as an introduction to a comprehensive technical session on the A5, detailing its special features, intelligent peripherals and its performance and power consumption characteristics. Atmel will then review its Bootloader and Samba tools, following each explanation with an hour-long hands-on session. In closing the event, Atmel will also highlight some of its complementary technologies.
Adrian Elms, business development director at MSC Gleichmann, commented, “The hands-on activities, based on programming some specific applications examples and testing them on a target platform, should provide anyone attending this workshop with sufficient understanding and confidence to start their own SAMA5D3 design.”

The workshop runs from 9am to 4pm with refreshments and a buffet lunch provided. Attendance is free, but places are limited and prior registration is required. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet engineers from both Atmel and IAR and will also qualify for a 50% discount on the normal purchase price of the AT91SAMA5D3XA-EK evaluation kit, worth £194.


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