Creation of Teaching Material
Essaimage Associates has a unique record in the creation of Teaching Materials for Academic use. These are materials which enable a Lecturer to take a new technology and quickly build a series of Lab exercises around this technology, making it much more likely that a University will make effective use of the new technology. The key skills involved here, are the massive network required to yield suitable Academic Authors, definition and licensing of the contents, management of the development process, and thorough debug/proofing of the materials.
Recent examples are the award-winning Computer Architecture & System-on-Chip materials called “MIPSfpga” from MIPS (formerly Imagination), and the award-winning DesignSpark PCB and DesignSpark Mechanical materials for RS Components (Allied in the USA).
MIPSfpga provides an unobfuscated MIPS microAptiv softcore for academic use. It won the 2015 Elektra award for Academic Support, and has since won the approval of many teachers around the world. Today, these teaching packages have been licenced by over 700 academics, including many from leading institutions.
This precious expertise started in 1995 and developed across a generation. The first project was a “DSP Teaching Kit” written by the University of Hertfordshire (UK) which provided everything a Lecturer needed to run 5 different Labs on the basics of Digital Signal Processing. Over 4000 kits were sold at $199 each within two years! After two successful versions, this concept evolved into the free-of-charge "Teaching ROM" containing slides, course notes, back-up material, references and demo programs.
Teaching ROMs were produced for Texas Instruments' C2000 Digital Signal Controller (3 editions), C5000 low-power DSP (2 editions), C6000/OMAP-L138 DSP (3 editions), MSP430 low-power microcontrollers (2 editions) and Stellaris ARM Cortex M3 Microcontrollers (first edition).
A significant new addition was made in 2011, when a Teaching Kit for Analog Electronics was produced in collaboration with Texas Instruments India and MikroElektronika in Belgrade: "The Analog Systems Lab Kit, Pro"
We have facilitated the publication and dissemination of many different materials developed by leading academics, using a simple non-exclusive license agreement with the Universities. This is win-win for both University and Technology provider.