Energy Micro introduced a development kit for their EFM32 Gecko MCU family. The EFM32 Gecko Development Kit is an Advanced Energy Monitoring (AEM) system for engineers. Thanks to a large in-built LCD screen and preconfigured GUI, AEM enables developers to accurately view a prototype application’s current consumption data in real time, enabling early identification and removal of adverse energy drains. The EFM32 Gecko development kit is priced at $299 USD.
EFM32 Gecko Development Kit Highlights
- Advanced Energy Monitoring
- Real-time, accurate energy and power profiling
- User interface with joystick, switches, and potentiometer
- EXP32 expansion port, 2x RS232, IrDA, Memory Card
- Large EXP32 prototyping module
- 32 KB evaluation compiler versions
Modular in construction, the EFM32 Gecko development kit consists of a motherboard, a plug-in MCU card (available either with or without a 160-segment LCD), and a large plug-in protoyping card for rapid application development. Based on the ARM Cortex(TM) M3 microcontroller architecture, the target EFM32G MCU running at 3V consumes less than 180µA per MHz in executing code from Flash and is proven to extend battery life by a factor of 4 when compared to alternative 8,16, or 32-bit low power microcontrollers.
To simplify application debugging and programming, the Energy Micro development kit features an on-board USB / J-Link emulator and standard 20-pin debug connector. The kit’s GPIO interfaces include LEDs, DIP and pushbutton switches, a mini joystick, and potentiometer. Analog options include a light sensor, 3-axis accelerometer and audio line-in / line-out, while communications ports provided are 2 x RS232 serial, I2C, and an IR transceiver.
Supporting the development kit is Energy Micro’s software library, built on ARM’s standard CMSIS abstraction layer, IAR’s Embedded Workbench and Keil’s MDK-ARM Microcontroller Development Kit.
More info: Energy Micro EFM32 Gecko Development Kit (pdf)