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]
Freescale Freedom Boards are a series of ultra-low-cost development platforms featuring the Kinetis family of MCUs based on the ARM Cortex M Series Cores. The boards are compact In a size a little bit bigger than a credit card. It can provide easy access to the MCU I/O pins, low-power operation and an open standard embedded serial and debug adapter (Open SDA). Other added features include two USB Mini-B type connectors where one is labeled K20 that acts as a USB host and the other is labeled SDA for a built-in debug interface for flash programming and run-control.
In the video is the K20D50M Evaluation Board that comprises a K20 Processor based on the ARM Cortex-M4 processor. Some other features of the board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, RGB LED and a capacitive touch slider. K20D50M I/O pins are also routed out in such a way that it is compatible with Arduino Shields, a third-party expansion board. This also means that K20D50M can be supported by a range of Freescale and third-party development software. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you want to many processors on one board? Check this out. UDOO is an open hardware, low-cost computer equipped with an ARM i.MX6 Freescale processor for Android and Linux, alongside Arduino DUE’s ARM SAM3X, both CPU integrated on the same board! UDOO takes your DIY projects to the next level and it’s a powerful tool for education and creativity. UDOO could run either Android or Linux, with an Arduino-compatible board embedded.
We are delighted to announce a new mini-Pc board, UDOO, which integrates two processors, ARM i.MX6 by Freescale (for Android & Linux) and ARM SAM3X of Arduino DUE in a single board measuring 4.33 inch x 3.35 inch (11cm x 8.5cm).
On April 9th we launched a Kickstarter campaign which already reached the target of $27,000 in barely 2 days and keeps growing having raised 1700% over its target.
UDOO was conceived to both expedite the rapid prototyping of professional solutions and to support teaching activities in the field of physical computing, internet of things and interaction design. With the goal of promoting the use of the board in these domains we have built an international network of 5 universities: Carnegie Mellon University, USA; Aarhus University, DK; Siena, IT; OCADU Toronto CA; University of California San Diego, USA in order to share teaching experiences and to present solutions to create an open community accessible to everyone.
UDOO: Android Linux Arduino in a tiny single-board computer - [Link]
The Kinetis L Microcontroller board from Freescale. The board features a Cortex-M0+ ARM processor, a suspiciously familiar minty-fresh board silhouette, and headers that remind me of summers in Ivrea. From EDA360: [via]
There are two major reasons for reading this blog post:
A 32-bit microcontroller that sells for as little as $0.49 in 10K quantities and consumes 50µA/MHz
A $12.95 development board to be available late in September
These are two of the salient attributes of the Freescale Kinetis L microcontroller, previewed at Design West in San Jose back in March and now announced at the Freescale Technology Forum in San Antonia with alpha samples shipping. The target for this product is the vast sea of products and applications that currently incorporate 8- and 16-bit microcontrollers—mainly for reasons of legacy code, legacy familiarity, and cost. It will take a compelling product to hurdle these barriers and the low prices for the Kinetis L silicon and development board will help to jump those hurdles.
Freescale Announces $13 ARM Cortex-M0+ Microcontroller Board - [Link]
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the MM912J637 intelligent battery sensor (IBS), which accurately measures the voltage, current and temperature of lead-acid batteries and calculates the battery state, all while operating in harsh automotive conditions. The ability to accurately assess these battery parameters is becoming more important with increases in the number of hybrid vehicles on the road and overall electronic content in vehicles, as well as the introduction of start-stop systems. [via]
Freescale introduces intelligent sensor for car battery monitoring - [Link]
A competition is running on element14 community. The “Summer of Design” competition revolves around programming an accelerometer and MCU based development board to find an innovative application.
We are giving away 100 free XL_Star boards to the first 100 entrants to the competition, and offering up a prize bundle as follows:
- -A trip to a Freescale Competency Centre
- -CadSoft EAGLE licenses (either for the individual, or a whole department if they are a student)
- -£250 Farnell/Newark vouchers
- -Inclusion in our “road-tests”
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 and runs until September.
Summer of Design competition – see your design excel, win amazing prizes! - [Link]
Freescale’s MC13260 System-on-chip two-way radio is one chip to watch for. Now in the “introduction pending” stage and highlighted in this video from the recent FTF 2011 conference, it promises to be a one chip analog/digital radio solution.
Preliminary design specs show RF coverage from 60-960 MHz, comprehensive digital radio mode coverage including DMR, dPMR, P25 and Tetra, dual mode analog FM and digital voice/data, and ‘Talk around the network’ capability for cellular applications. The MC13260 includes an ARM926EJ-STM MCU operating at clock speeds up to 150 MHz, a modem processor (software-defined radio) operating at clock speeds up to 100 MHz, 640 Kbytes of integrated RAM, MCU peripherals to support control and monitoring functions and onboard DAC and ADC. The chip is a full-speed USB device with Integrated PHY. The chip supply voltage is 2.775V with on-chip LDO voltage regulators.
This looks like a RF hackers dream chip.
Packaging will be a 104 pin dual row laminate QFN making it somewhat of a challenge to work with. We can only imagine what the price will be, but the early specs sure make it look interesting.
Freescale’s MC13260 two-way radio chip – [Link]
I designed a keypad board for the Freescale MPR121 Capacitive Touch Sensor Controller chip and received it in my latest batch of boards from dorkbotpdx.org. I’m really happy with this one. The MPR121 is really easy to use and, though it has tons of internal adjustments and controls to suit almost any sensing job, works perfectly with all default settings for my little board.
MPR121 Touch Sensor Controller – [Link]
Freescale Semiconductor has announced a new magnetometer chip for mobile devices incorporating magnetic compass capability, which it claims is smaller and consumes less power than competing devices. The Xtrinsic MAG3110 three-axis sensor can be used to determine headings for navigation, dead-reckoning, and various location-based services (LBSs). The MAG3110 is a quarter of the size of the currently most commonly used magnetometer chip, and its current consumption is only 25 μA, also a quarter or less that that of competing devices. [via]
Freescale shrinks magnetic compass chip - [Link]