Premier Farnell introduced the Keil MCBSTM32F400 and MCBSTM32F200 Development Kits. The ARM Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M4 processor-based STM32F2xx and STM32F4xx Development Kits will be shipped with Keil MDK-Lite Development Tools and the ULINK-ME Debug Adapter. The Cortex-M3 processor-based STM32F2xx and the Cortex-M4 processor-based STM32F4xx devices featured on the boards can reduce power consumption in applications requiring both high processing power and low-power performance when running at low voltage or on rechargeable batteries.
Cypress Semiconductor, EE Times and ARM are currently holding the ARM Cortex M3 / PSoC 5 Design Challenge. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded throughout the contest. Three winners will be selected based on creativity, design efficiency, usefulness, video cleverness, and track specific criteria: use of analog resources, digital resources and PSoC Creator Component. An additional winner will be selected by a vote of the members. From these four $1000 winners, a grand prize winner will be chosen by the Jjudges and awarded an additional $2500 prize.
The IQmath Library for microcontrollers, from Texas Instruments (TI), now supports both the 32-bit C2000 and Stellaris MCU platforms. The TI IQmath Library is an optimized collection of high-precision mathematical functions. The library enables programmers to seamlessly port floating-point algorithms into fixed-point code. Developers can use the software to achieve execution speeds considerably faster than equivalent code written in standard ANSI C language. The IQmath Library speeds development and addresses the limitations of fixed-point math by eliminating time-consuming scaling and saturation burdens. IQmath software is free and available for download through StellarisWare software or C2000 controlSUITE software.
Texas Instruments (TI) rolled out the Stellaris 13.56 MHz RFID Wireless Kit ($99), Stellaris 2.4 GHz SimpliciTI Wireless Kit ($125), and Stellaris ZigBee Networking Kit ($249). The kits are based on the Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers (MCU). The Stellaris kits include software and reference design solutions for adding RFID, low-power RF and ZigBee capabilities to designs. The three wireless desing kits are available for order now. The Stellaris EM2 Expansion Board is also available for $39.
Texas Instruments announced the DesignStellaris 2010 design contest for embedded engineers. Each entry will be judged equally on technical merit, originality, usefulness, cost-effectiveness and design optimization by an independent panel of judges. Additional points will be awarded for the use of the StellarisWare IEC60730 library and for applications that improve safety or reliability with SafeRTOS. DesignStellaris 2010 contest will take place through June 23, 2010.
STMicroelectronics introduced a low-cost development environment for the STM32 microcontroller families built using the ARM Cortex-M3 processor core, which is optimized for embedded applications. The environment combines the Atollic TrueSTUDIO/STM32 development tool and ST’s ST-LINK debug probe to connect to the target via USB. The ST-LINK debug probe is available for $21. Atollic TrueSTUDIO/STM32 can be downloaded at a price of euro 995 for TrueSTUDIO/STM32 Pro. TrueSTUDIO/STM32 Lite is available for free.