Luminary Debuts Stellaris Evaluation Kit with Integrated Ethernet, CAN

Luminary Micro, creators of the award-winning Stellaris Cortex(TM)-M3-based microcontrollers (MCUs), and CodeSourcery, the preferred developer of ARM-based GNU improvements, announced the immediate availability of two Stellaris Evaluation Kits with a 30-day evaluation license for CodeSourcery’s Sourcery G++(TM) software development environment.

Designed for the new class of Stellaris integrated communication MCUs, these compact and versatile evaluation kits take advantage of the capabilities of the new Stellaris microcontrollers with more memory, more GPIOs, enhanced power management, and the addition of integrated 10/100 Ethernet MAC and PHY communications and integrated CAN communications. Both kits include a 30-day evaluation version of the Sourcery G++ toolchain, which includes an integrated development environment, the GNU Toolchain, and hardware debug support for Stellaris MCUs, including the 27 new MCUs with real-time networking capabilities that were just announced.

In partnership with ARM, Ltd., CodeSourcery develops improvements to the GNU Toolchain for ARM processors and provides regular, validated releases of the GNU Toolchain. CodeSourcery’s current release of Sourcery G++ includes full support for the ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller core and the entire Stellaris family.

“Offering embedded designers access to the Sourcery G++ development environment is another way Luminary Micro meets the needs of the wide variety of Stellaris customers. With a cost-effective full license upgrade of only $199, embedded designers find the professional-grade CodeSourcery tools to be a very attractive development option,” said Luminary Micro Chief Marketing Officer Jean Anne Booth. “The portability of the GNU toolchain makes it even easier for users to convert legacy designs to the compelling capabilities of Stellaris MCUs. In addition, Sourcery G++’s use of the new ARM Serial Wire Debug protocol and the serial debug interface included in the evaluation boards further reduces the development tools cost of ownership for Stellaris and Sourcery G++ users.”

Stellaris LM3S6965: Fully Integrated 10/100 Embedded Ethernet
The EKC-LM3S6965 features fully integrated 10/100 Ethernet capability and includes two examples of an embedded web-server application. The quickstart application that runs out-of-the-box includes an embedded web server utilizing the open source lwIP Ethernet stack. The kit also contains a web server demonstration application with FreeRTOS.org(TM) RTOS and the open source uIP Ethernet stack. Each Stellaris LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation Kit contains:

  • EVB-LM3S6965 Evaluation Board with 50MHz LM3S6965 (fully integrated 10/100 embedded Ethernet controller, 256K flash, 64K SRAM)
  • 128 x 64 pixel monochromatic OLED graphics display
  • User LED, navigation switches, and select push buttons
  • Magnetic speaker
  • All LM3S6965 I/O available on labeled breakout pads
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Retractable Ethernet cable
  • USB cable (power and debug) for simple set-up
  • Standard ARM(R) 20-pin JTAG debug connector with input and output modes
  • Stellaris Peripheral Driver Library, which provides a convenient, no-hassle method of initializing, programming, and controlling peripherals on Stellaris microcontrollers
  • A fully functional 30-day evaluation version of Sourcery G++
  • Stellaris CD packed with datasheets, schematics, applications notes, and programming examples

Stellaris LM3S2965: A Fully Operable “CAN Network in a box”
The EKC-LM3S2965 features integrated CAN (Controller Area Network) and includes a separate Stellaris LM3S2110-based CAN device node board, providing an example fully functioning CAN network out of the box. Each Stellaris LM3S2965 Evaluation Kit contains:

  • EVB-LM3S2965 Evaluation Board with 50MHz LM3S2965 MCU (fully integrated CAN controller, 256K flash, 64K SRAM)
  • EVB-LM3S2110 Evaluation Board with 25MHz LM3S2110 (fully integrated CAN controller, 64K flash, 16K SRAM)
  • 128 x 64 pixel monochromatic OLED graphics display
  • User LED, navigation switches, and select push buttons
  • Magnetic speaker
  • All Stellaris MCU I/O available on labeled breakout pads
  • USB cable (power and debug) for simple set-up
  • CAN network cable to connect the two boards
  • Standard ARM(R) 20-pin JTAG debug connector with input and output modes
  • Stellaris Peripheral Driver Library, which provides a convenient, no-hassle method of initializing, programming, and controlling peripherals on Stellaris microcontrollers
  • A fully functional 30-day evaluation version of Sourcery G++
  • Stellaris CD packed with datasheets, schematics, applications notes, and programming examples

“The Stellaris family has generated a lot of interest in the marketplace and we’re proud of our continued partnership with Luminary Micro,” said Mark Mitchell, Chief Sourcerer of CodeSourcery. “Our affordable, high-quality tools are an excellent match for the Stellaris MCUs. We’re very excited about these new evaluation kits, which will provide users a chance to try out our software and support in conjunction with Luminary Micro’s new communications-enabled Stellaris MCUs.”

The Stellaris family of microcontrollers currently contains 51 feature-rich microcontrollers targeted at embedded and industrial applications, such as building and home automation; factory automation; motion and motor control; industrial controls; electronic point-of-sales; remote data acquisition; test and measurement instrumentation; fire and security; network appliances and switches; medical instrumentation; and gaming equipment.

Stellaris Evaluation Kits with Sourcery G++ Ordering and Availability
The EKC-LM3S6965 Stellaris LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation Kit with Sourcery G++ software is available now at a resale price of just $79 USD. The EKC-LM3S2965 Stellaris LM3S2965 CAN Evaluation Kit with Sourcery G++ software is available now at a resale price of just $89 USD. Users may upgrade to Sourcery G++ Personal Edition, which includes upgrades for a year, for just $199. CodeSourcery also offers Sourcery G++ Professional Edition, which includes unlimited support.

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.

Stellaris is a registered trademark and the Luminary Micro logo is a trademark of Luminary Micro, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

About CodeSourcery
CodeSourcery builds software tools that enable its customers to get the most out of hardware platforms ranging from embedded devices to supercomputers. Sourcery G++, a complete software development environment based on the GNU Toolchain, is a leading choice of software engineers, operating system vendors, semiconductor companies, and device manufacturers. Sourcery VSIPL++, a portable, parallel signaland image-processing toolkit, boosts performance and dramatically increases productivity for radar, sonar, and imaging applications. CodeSourcery is a privately held California company. Contact the company at (650) 331-3385 or email info@codesourcery.com.