Luminary Micro Rolls Out 27 Stellaris Microcontrollers

Luminary Micro, creators of the awardwinning Stellaris(R) Cortex(TM)-M3-based microcontrollers(MCUs) introduced 27 new Stellaris microcontrollers (MCUs), bringing innovative networking capabilities for real-time applications in motion control, building and industrial automation, fire and security, remote sensing, instrumentation, point-of-sales, and deeply embedded connected systems.

Introduced are 12 members of the Stellaris LM3S6000 Ethernet series and 15 members of the Stellaris LM3S2000 CAN series. These new MCUs extend the world-class benefits of the Stellaris family with real-time networking, larger on-chip memories, enhanced power management, and expanded I/O capabilities. Evaluation kits for the new MCUs are available immediately through Luminary Micro’s global sales channel. The new MCUs are sampling today and will be available in volume production next quarter.

The LM3S6000 series are the first MCUs in the world featuring a fully-integrated 100 Mbps Ethernet solution with ARM architecture compatibility. The LM3S6000 devices combine both the Media Access Control (MAC) and Physical (PHY) layers, marking the first time that integrated connectivity is available with an ARM Cortex- M3 MCU and the only integrated 10/100 Ethernet MAC and PHY available in an ARM architecture MCU.

The Stellaris LM3S2000 series, designed for Controller Area Network (CAN) applications, extends the Stellaris family with Bosch CAN networking technology, the golden standard in short-haul industrial networks. This introduction marks the first integration of CAN capabilities with the revolutionary Cortex-M3 core.

“Being ARM’s lead partner for the Cortex-M3 has given us the opportunity to really demonstrate the strengths and capabilities of this optimized MCU core, reaching far beyond any that are currently available,” said Chief Marketing Officer Jean Anne Booth. “In a year’s time we’ve brought the ARM architecture to embedded developers for the ground-breaking price of just $1.00; we were the first to bring serious motion control capability to the ARM architecture; and now we are bringing integrated CAN and Ethernet connectivity to designers previously limited to 8- and 16-bit options.”

“$1 to 1 GHz” in the World’s Best Development Ecosystem
Stellaris family MCUs are based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, the microcontroller member of the ARM Cortex processor family. Designed for serious microcontroller applications, the Stellaris family provides entry into the industry’s strongest ecosystem, with code compatibility ranging from $1 to 1 GHz. Additional advantages include:

  • Easy and cost-effective to upgrade from 8- and 16-bit applications, requiring less flash code space and delivering a 10x improvement in performance over 8051 cores and an 8x improvement in performance over PIC24F cores
  • Extends ARM7(TM) family processor capabilities in critical MCU applications with a 4x improvement in control processing performance, real-time interrupt response capability, and predictable deterministic interrupt behavior, while requiring just half the flash code space of ARM7 control applications
  • Greater than 50 MIPS with a demonstrable 20x performance roadmap in the Cortex processor family, allowing for a “no-worry” migration path
  • Best-in-industry development environment and debug tools

Today’s announced parts represent the next generation of the Stellaris family, demonstrating the far-reaching capabilities of the Cortex-M3 core combined with the real-life engineering expertise of the Stellaris MCU design team.

“Next-Generation Stellaris” Means Unprecedented Integration
Twelve of the new MCUs feature on-chip Ethernet MAC and PHY, making Stellaris the only ARM-based MCU to offer this useful feature. Applications benefiting from this powerful capability include remote monitoring, electronic point-of-sale machines, network appliances and switches, and gaming equipment.

Features include:

  • Integrated 10/100 Mbps Ethernet MAC and PHY
    • Supports 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX/FX IEEE 802.3 full and half-duplex operation Automatic MDI/MDI-X cross-over correction
    • Programmable MAC address
    • Promiscuous mode support
    • Power-saving and power-down modes
    • 2KB Transmit FIFO / 2 KB Receive FIFO
  • 25-50 MHz operation
  • 64-256 KB single-cycle flash and 16-64 KB single-cycle SRAM
  • Up to 46 GPIOs
  • Prices starting at US$4.61 in 10K quantities

The fifteen other new MCUs include up to two integrated CAN controllers with bit rates up to 1Mb/s, offering more robust capabilities for all control processing applications. These devices are ideally suited for costconscious applications requiring significant control processing and connectivity capabilities such as test and measurement equipment, motion control, medical instrumentation, HVAC and building control, and transportation.

Features include:

  • Up to 2 Bosch-licensed CAN controllers supporting protocol versions 2.0A & 2.0B
    • Bit rates up to 1 Mb/s
    • 32 message objects, each with own identifier mask
    • Disable automatic retransmission mode for TTCAN
    • Programmable loop-back mode for self-test operation
  • 25-50 MHz operation
  • 64-256 KB single-cycle flash and 16-64 KB single-cycle SRAM
  • Up to 60 GPIOs
  • Prices starting at US$3.65 in 10K quantitiess

Evaluation Kits Have Developers Up and Running In 10 Minutes Or Less
This announcement includes the arrival of two complete evaluation kits: the Stellaris LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation Kit and the Stellaris LM3S2965 CAN Evaluation Kit. Each feature-rich evaluation kit includes evaluation boards, all required cables, a choice of evaluation tools suites for popular development tools, documentation, the Stellaris Peripheral Driver Library (providing a convenient, no-hassle method of initializing, programming, and controlling peripherals), applications notes, and everything a developer needs to get up and running in 10 minutes or less, for a superb “out-of-the-box” experience. Both kits span the design spectrum from evaluation to prototyping to application-specific design by functioning both as an evaluation platform and as a serial in-circuit debug interface for any Stellaris microcontroller-based target board.

The Stellaris LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation Kit is exceptional for its compactness and versatility, and includes a quickstart application that includes an embedded web server utilizing the open source lwIP TCP/IP stack out of the box. Evaluation tools suite choices include ARM RealView(R) Microcontroller Development kit (MDK), IAR Embedded Workbench(R) Kickstart Edition, and CodeSourcery Sourcery G++ GNU tools. In addition, ported demos of RTOSes include, Micrium µC/OS-II with µC/Probe embedded system monitoring, Express Logic ThreadX(R), CMX Systems CMX-RTX(TM), Keil RTX, IAR PowerPac(TM), and SEGGER embOS. Stacks available include Express Logic NetX(TM) TCP/IP; InterNiche TCP/IP NicheStack(TM), NicheLITE(TM), and add-on modules such as HTTP, SNMP, and security protocols; CMX Systems CMXMicroNet(TM); open source uIP stack; Micriµm µC/TCP-IP and µC/Modbus; and RTA Automation EtherNET/IP(TM). The kit also includes an embedded web server application based on the open source RTOS and open source uIP Ethernet stack. The Stellaris LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation Kit is available today for US$79.00.

The Stellaris LM3S2965 CAN Evaluation Kit is provided as a fully functional CAN network in a box, with both an LM3S2965-based master board and a LM3S2110-based CAN device board, and a quickstart application that demonstrates CAN communication out of the box. Evaluation tools suite choices include ARM RealView Microcontroller Development kit (MDK), IAR Embedded Workbench Kickstart Edition, and CodeSourcery Sourcery G++ GNU tools. In addition, ported demos of RTOSes include, Micriµm ìC/OS-II with µC/Probe embedded system monitoring, Express Logic ThreadX, CMX Systems CMX-RTX, Keil RTX, IAR PowerPac, and SEGGER embOS. Stacks available include CMX Systems CMX-CANopen(TM); Micriµm µC/CAN, and RTA Automation DeviceNet(TM). The Stellaris LM3S2965 CAN Evaluation Kit is available today for US$89.00.

Luminary Micro now has 51 Stellaris MCUs available in global distribution, just 14 months after the company announced it was selected as ARM’s lead partner for Cortex-M3 development. The company has hundreds of customer design wins across the Stellaris family, including the new devices announced today.

About Luminary Micro and Stellaris
Luminary Micro, Inc. designs, markets and sells ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers (MCUs). Austin, Texas-based Luminary Micro is the lead partner for the Cortex-M3 processor, delivering the world’s first silicon implementation of the Cortex-M3 processor. Developed for use in embedded and industrial applications, Luminary Micro’s introduction of the award-winning Stellaris(R) family of products provides 32-bit performance for the same price as current 8- and 16-bit microcontroller designs. With entry-level pricing at $1.00 for an ARM technology-based MCU, Luminary Micro’s Stellaris product line allows for standardization that eliminates future architectural upgrades or software tools changes. Contact the company at +1-512-279-8800 for more information.

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