Tech on Tour Stopping at CSULB

Tour Stopping at CSULBMany college students can’t wait for their favorite bands to go on tour. But in the CSULB College of Engineering, just as exciting—although maybe in a different kind of way—is when one of your favorite tech companies goes on tour.

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, a huge semi-truck will pull up on Beach Circle (near the College of Business Administration Building). But it won’t be full of roadies, amps, and robotic lighting. Instead it will contain Atmel microcontrollers and technical training staff.

Atmel’s open house (or open trailer!) runs from 9 a.m.-noon and is open to the public. From 12-5 p.m., the company will offer training on its products. The visit is being organized by CSULB’s IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, Epsilon Theta Chapter (HKN).

“We thought this would be a great opportunity to expose students to Atmel’s latest products, and also learn how to use them for development,” said Lawrence Swift, an electrical engineering major and CSULB HKN chapter president

The San Jose, Calif.-based Atmel launched its Tech on Tour training sessions in 2014 as a way of delivering hands-on experience in designing with the latest technologies. The company, a big name in embedded computing and the top supplier of microcontrollers, is positioning itself to deliver microcontrollers and other products that will power the Internet of Things.

The newest wave of electronics products—from wearables to smart, connected devices to automotive applications—require a range of foundational technologies. Atmel points out that its products can be used for everything from embedded processors with the world’s lowest power consumption to cloud-ready Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Atmel’s field engineers will offer in-­depth technical training on the Atmel AVR device and Studio IDE in the company’s mobile trailer showroom. All attendees who attend the full training get to keep their Atmel ATmega328P­ Xplained Mini boards.

To participate, computers must run Windows 7, 8.1, or 10; Amtel Studio 7; and Terra Term. An Arduino IDE 1.6.6 (or newer) and 4GB RAM are recommended. System and software requirements must be verified before Feb. 3.

The training slots are being offered first to HKN members, and then to those who sign up for the waiting list. Stop by the HKN office (Engineering 4, Room 122) to be checked ­off and enrolled.