Cypress Semiconductor are offering the CY8CKIT-049-41XX development board which contains a 32-bit CORTEX-M3 48 MHz ARM processor for just $4.00 (£2.62 in the UK). The board is quite basic but offers a full-speed USB to serial bridge controller chip on a snap-off portion of the PCB to allow for bootloading the target PSoC device and communication with the board via a computer’s USB port. Software tools for the kit include the PSoC Creator and EZ-USB Software Development Kit (SDK).
The kit supports either a 3.3 or 5 V supply voltage and the device can be programmed using the bootloader or the Cypress MiniProg3 programmer. Cypress Semiconductor are marketing these ready-to-run kits as an alternative to supplying device samples.
Low-cost ARM Development Platform - [Link]
There is cool contest for EEs, with actual prizes running right now. EEWeb.com is running the “2014 European Design Freedom Contest” (at http://www.eeweb.com/freedomcontest) and the prizes include iPads and iPods as well as a football table, espresso machine, or bike. You’ll get to design projects using the Freescale Freedom Kinetis ARM based development platform.
The contest uses free online tools from Digi-Key. The first part of the contest uses Scheme-It for you to generate a block diagram of your contest entry that uses one of the 10 available Freescale Freedom Platforms; the project can be a solution to a real problem or something novel. This first phase of the contest runs through the end of June.
In the second phase, create a PCB design of your project. You can also go with a software submission using ARM mbed studio online software (mbed.org). The 2nd phase runs through Oct 10th.
EEWeb.com – 2014 European Design Freedom Contest - [Link]
A new development board has been released from the Arduino – Arduino Zero:
A new development board has been released from the Arduino stable of development products. This board has been developed jointly by Atmel and Arduino and targets ‘The next generation of IoT development’.
The Zero board contains an Atmel SAMD21 microcontroller, built around the 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ processor. The board also packs 256 KB of flash and 32 KB of SRAM. Shield connectors are Arduino R3 compatible at 3.3 V. The (EDBG) Atmel embedded software debugger is available to aid program development.
Acording to Massimo Banzi, co-founder and CEO at Arduino “The Zero board expands the Arduino family by providing increased performance to fuel creativity of the Maker community. The flexible feature set enables endless project opportunities for devices and acts as a great educational tool for learning about 32-bit application development”.
Arduino Zero Targets the IoT - [Link]
MikroElektronika today announced that May 6, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary since it started developing compilers for Embedded programming – mikroC, mikroPascal and mikroBasic. The company will celebrate the occasion with a month long campaign that will include exclusive content, discounts and weekly full compiler license giveaways.
The successful release of mikroPascal for PIC in 2004 spawned an extensive product line that today has 18 compilers for six popular MCU architectures (ARM, PIC, dsPIC/PIC32, 8051 and AVR) that had a significant impact on the embedded electronics industry.
MikroElektronika celebrates a decade of compiler development - [Link]
In this article, circuitstoday.com explain the basics surrounding arduino. As the title indicates, this article is for absolute beginners in the world of electronics and for people who are beginning with arduino boards.
Arduino is an electronics prototyping platform based on a micro controller. Arduino boards are usually made using Atmel’s Atmega series micro controllers or ARM micro controllers. Arduino is an open source hardware project which means the designs of board (the hardware architecture, CAD files) are available to public with open source license. Anyone can modify the hardware designs and the associated software.
What is Arduino – Introduction to Arduino for Beginners - [Link]
A purely software based USB peripheral for ARM Cortex M0+ devices. This software enables Cortex M0+ devices to act as Low speed USB device. It includes a lightweight USB & HID Stack and easily be optimized to consume only 4KB of flash.
LemcUSB: software USB for EFM32ZG (ARM Cortex M0+) - [Link]
Dave looks at the open source hardware UFactory uARM 4-axis desktop robotic arm kit project available on kickstarter.
This is the first unit produced, and comes with the suction cup head and Arduino Uno board and shield controller.
EEVblog #586 – Open Source Hardware uARM 4-Axis Desktop Robotic Arm Kickstarter - [Link]
Murata SN8200 Wireless Development Kit+ is a self-contained, Broadcom-based, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi network controller module that provides serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity to the Internet. It provides the necessary protocols for devices communicating with the Internet. In a compact size, SN8200 integrates an ARM Cortex M3-based controller, Wi-Fi BB/MAC/RF IC, RF front end, flash memory, clocks, and on-board antenna in one small form factor. The device has everything you need in setting up your own wireless network, making it ideal for applications such as stand-alone webservers, smart medical and fitness devices, and even for home automation or industrial control monitoring.
Setting up the module is fast and easy. Included on the software CD is the EZ Web Wizzard™, a custom software by Murata that supports easy web-based control. There is also a Quickstart Guide pdf for your reference. Going through theEZ Web Wizzard™ will help you process and install the Simple Network Interface Controller (SNIC) and after that you can install the drivers and start connecting to the device. Read the rest of this entry »
STMicroelectronics have announced the LSM6DB0, the latest addition to its iNEMO family.
It packs a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyro and low energy ARM-based Cortex processor in a tiny 3 x 3 mm package.
This chip is designed to interface with baseband chipsets that don’t have a sensor co-processor. Additional external sensors can also be hooked up via its I2C interface, allowing the on-board processor to take care of all sensor-related functions to help minimize application latency at a system level. The device is fully compatible with all of the latest mobile operating systems including Android Kit-Kat 4.4. The sensor’s performance is the result of true 6-axis sensing, where both the 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope are manufactured on the same chip. They operate synchronously at the same output data rate,combinig correlated, true six-degree-of-freedom motion and not just separate acceleration and angular-rate inputs. [via]
A 6-axis Inertial Motion Sensing Device - [Link]
Frank Zhao posted his STM32F4 breakout board [via]:
I really like the STM32 family of ARM microcontrollers. This breakout board is a narrow design that fits perfectly on a breadboard. Every pin is accessible. It has USB, a reset button, and a bootload button. The chip itself has a permanent USB bootloader that is activated by the bootload button. This means that no equipment is required to program this microcontroller, no expensive debugger, nothing at all except a USB cable.
Design files are open source and can be downloaded, there is also a short video about the bootloader and more instructions
I am also giving away blank PCBs to those interested (see “giveaway” on my page), Seeed makes more than I need, every single time
STM32F4Stamp, a breakout board for STM32F4 - [Link]