STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) introduced a self-contained, entertaining and very low-cost development package, the STM32 Primer, for the recently-announced STM32 Flash microcontroller family, which is based on the breakthrough ARM® Cortex(TM)-M3 core. It includes an innovative user interface, games, and other features to introduce new users to the family, as well as Raisonance software tools for advanced development and programming.
The STM32 Primer, a hand-held evaluation and development tool, is designed to provide a fun and easy introduction to the powerful features of the STM32. Its compact, stylized circular design, including a window through which the STM32 chip is visible, is matched with sample applications including two games, access to a dedicated on-line community for sharing resources and experiences, and a RIDE7 integrated development environment.
Control and navigation through the built-in graphical user interface (GUI), with its 128×128 pixel LCD color monitor, uses MEMS-based (micro-electromechanical systems) position sensing to monitor the forward, backward, left or right tilt of the Primer. These controls enable the user to play the Maze and Breakout games, included among the firmware designed to demonstrate the features and resources of the STM32, as well as to change settings and run test software through the menu system.
This new approach to MCU evaluation includes the support of an on-line STM32 community, providing extensive documentation and resources, downloadable projects designed and submitted by other users, a discussion forum, and – coming soon – a competition for the best STM32 Primer application.
The device is powered by a battery, which is recharged through one of the two USB connectors – one to connect to a PC for application development, the other to enable the embedded application to communicate with an external USB host. The device programming and debugging capability is provided by Raisonance’s RIDE7 integrated development environment for up to 32 Kbytes of code, which includes an unlimited GNU C/C++ compiler.
Additional hardware features include a footprint on the printed circuit for mounting an IrDA transmitter, and pads for adding extra peripherals using spare I/O pins of the STM32.
STM32 Primer, ST part number STM3210B-PRIMER, is available now from stock. The kit includes evaluation and development hardware with pre-programmed STM32 device, in-circuit debugger/programmer, and software package (RIDE, GNU C/C++ compiler for ARM) to enable in-circuit debugging/programming of a target device; it has a recommended resale price of $32.00.
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