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.
Semtech and Microchip Technology introduced the SX1230-13RKEA433 turnkey reference design for multi-band wireless remote keyless entry (RKE) systems. The reference design integrates Semtech’s transmitter and transceiver ICs with Microchip’s KEELOQ code-hopping technology running on PIC microcontrollers (MCUs). The platform is ideal for the development of secure, high-performance and cost-effective RKE systems for vehicles, office buildings, and homes. SX1230-13RKEA433 provides a single platform that works across virtually all major frequency regulations. The reference design kit is available now from Semtech.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced CodeWarrior 10.0 integrated development environment (IDE). CodeWarrior 10 IDE is based on open-source Eclipse technology. CodeWarrior is a tool suite for code development, debug and test when designing with Freescale’s extensive range of microcontroller (MCU) and microprocessor (MPU) solutions.
ARM will host a webinar titled, Migrating Microchip PIC18 or PIC24 Projects to ARM Cortex-M MCUs – Moving From Old to New. The webcast will take place at 10am Pacific time (1pm ET) on Tuesday May 4, 2010. The online seminar will demonstrate the tangible benefits of migrating from an old architecture to an ARM Cortex-M processor. The Cortex-M family of 32-bit processors will reduce development cost and time-to-market.
The LPCXpresso, from NXP Semiconductors, is a development tool platform for the LPC ARM processor family of microcontrollers. The LPCXpresso features an easy-to-use interface and supports the complete product design cycle, providing an end-to-end development solution. LPCXpresso is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced designer. LPCXpresso users can now evaluate, explore and develop within a single easy-to-use interface while retaining all the advanced features associated with powerful and expensive tools. The LPCXpresso tool platform is available now for $29.95 (US).
The Crossware ARM Development Suite supports the Atmel AT91SAM3U family of Cortex-M3 based flash microcontrollers (MCU). The enhanced Crossware suite enables developers using the AT91SAM3U MCUs to speed application development, rapidly experiment with the SAM3U-EK evaluation board, understand the methods and techniques appropriate to the planned application, and to make use of all the features that are provided within the Crossware environment.
IAR Systems introduced the IAR KickStart kit for NXP LPC1114. The IAR KickStart Kit includes a development board fitted with the LPC1114 microcontroller, an 8K KickStart edition of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM, and a 20-state evaluation edition of IAR visualSTATE. IAR KickStart Kit for LPC1114 is priced at $139 (€ 100). According to IAR Systems, this might be the world’s first commercial starter kit for ARM Cortex-M0-based microcontrollers.
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.
The Atmel QTouch Suite is a complete development suite for capacitive touch buttons, sliders, and wheels using AVR microcontrollers. The Atmel QTouch Suite is a bundle that includes the QT600 development kit, QTouch Studio, AVR Studio, and QTouch Library SW package for AVR microcontrollers. The Atmel QT600 development kit is available now with a suggested retail price of $199 USD. Atmel’s QTouch Suite is ideal for designers using AVR-based microcontrollers. The easy-to-use, integrated package enables designers a quick, full featured solution.
The STM32-comStick from STMicroelectronics is a low-cost, full-featured development platform in a USB stick that enables fast application design for STM32 Connectivity Line microcontrollers. The STM32-comStick includes an unlimited Hitex HiTOP5 IDE/debugger and TASKING C compiler, a built-in GUI allowing control of the application, and a 72MHz STM32F107VC Connectivity Line MCU with 256 KB Flash. Developers can plug the device directly into a PC USB port to evaluate the MCU communication peripherals and build, program and debug their own applications. No external components, software, or power supply are required.