Texas Instruments launched the Hercules LaunchPad, which is the latest member to their microcontroller LaunchPad ecosystem. The Hercules LaunchPad is an entry-level option that helps developers gain familiarity with TI Hercules MCUs and evaluate the MCUs performance and safety features. The TI Hercules TMS570LS04 MCU LaunchPad (LAUNCHXL-TMS57004) and Hercules RM42x MCU LaunchPad (LAUNCHXL-RM42) are available for $19.99. They are the lowest cost evaluation platforms for Hercules MCUs.
Texas Instruments announced their new InstaSPIN-MOTION motor control solution. The tool is a torque-, speed- and motion- control software solution. It features robust system performance at the highest efficiency for motor applications that operate in various motion state transitions. InstaSPIN-MOTION is ideal for applications that require accurate speed control, minimal disturbance, and for applications that undergo multiple state transitions or experience dynamic changes.
Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics announced the TI MCU BoosterPack Design Challenge. Three winners will be selected. The grand prize is a round-trip flight to San Jose, California and an opportunity to be featured in the TI booth at DESIGN West. The deadline to submit an original BoosterPack design is March 1, 2013. Winners may also have the opportunity to have their original BoosterPack plug-in module designs considered for manufacture by CircuitCo Electronics.
Energy Micro is offering free samples of their EFM32 Gecko series microcontrollers (MCUs). The samples are available to qualified individuals worldwide. There is no additional charges for shipping, and lead time is only a few days. Energy Micro’s sampling program currently consists of the Gecko, Tiny Gecko, Leopard Gecko and Giant Gecko families. The EFM32 series is based on the ARM Cortex-M series of processors, and consisting of over 240 variants.
Embedded Artists and NXP Semiconductors teamed on a new Android Open Accessory Application (AOAA) development kit. The AOAA Kit for Android includes the NXP LPC1769 and the LPC11C24 microcontrollers, which are based on the 32-bit ARM Cortex-M architecture. The board in the kit features a remote CAN node and interfaces for Ethernet, CAN and IEEE 802.15.4. The AOAA Kit for Android makes it easy for designers to develop, evaluate and prototype more complex accessories for Android smartphones and tablets. It is available now for $79.99.
AVIX-RT, the company behind the AVIX RTOS, today announced AVIX support for the IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM (IAR EWARM). The ultra-fast AVIX RTOS, which targets all commercially available Cortex-M3 microcontrollers, is a perfect match for IAR EWARM. In addition to enabling AVIX based applications development, AVIX-RT provides a kernel aware plug-in for the IAR EWARM environment. This plug-in seamlessly integrates with IAR EWARM and can be controlled entirely from within this environment. Using IAR EWARM combined with the AVIX plug-in allows for interactive monitoring of the status of all AVIX kernel objects through the plug-in provided Graphical User Interface.
Energy Micro introduced the EFM32 Tiny Gecko Starter Kit for their ARM Cortex-M3 based EFM32 Tiny Gecko microcontrollers. The EFM32TG-STK3300 kit enables engineers to create ultra low power system designs. The EFM32 Tiny Gecko Starter Kit features a 8×20 segment LCD (supported by Tiny’s sub µA LCD controller), Energy Micro’s Advanced Energy Monitoring system (AEM), and sensors for light, touch and motion. The Energy Micro EFM32TG-STK3300 kit is priced at at $69.
Texas Instruments introduced the MSP430 16-bit microcontroller capacitive touch solution. The MSP430 platform features the free MSP430 capacitive touch library; MSP430G2xx2, MSP430F51x2, G2xx2 and G2xx3 devices; Capacitive Touch BoosterPack (430BOOST-SENSE1); and MSP430F5529 Experimenter Board. The TI MSP430G2xx2 is priced from $0.33 (100K units). Samples of the G2xx3 is available now. Prices start at $0.42 (100K units). For a limited time, the Capacitive Touch BoosterPack is available for $4.30. The MSP430F5529 Experimenter Board is available now for $149. The MSP430F51x2 will start sampling in 3Q11.
AR Systems® announced the availability of IAR Embedded Workbench® for ARM® that supports the recently released STM32 F-2 series of high performance ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontrollers. Believed to be the fastest Cortex-M3 device available and capable of achieving up to 150 Dhrystone MIPS, the STM32 F-2 device is aimed at high-performance power-sensitive applications. The STM32 F-2 together with IAR Embedded Workbench, with its ability to generate highly optimized and efficient code, is an ideal combination.
AVIX-RT is proud to announce version 4.0 of its AVIX RTOS, which is available in a new port supporting a substantial number of microcontrollers based on the advanced ARM Cortex-M3 architecture. The new port, named AVIX for Cortex-M3, is fully ARM CMSIS compliant. Because of this, AVIX for Cortex-M3 supports the following Cortex-M3 based micro controllers: