Energy Micro announces starter kit for energy sensitive product development
Oslo, Norway, May 17th, 2011 - Energy Micro
has announced the introduction
a starter kit for its ARMCortexTM-M3 based EFM32 Tiny Gecko
microcontrollers. Referenced EFM32TG-STK3300 and selling at
$69, the kit provides users with all the functionality that's
needed to create ultra low power system designs consuming
a fraction of the energy of systems using rival microcontrollers.
Achieving an active mode current consumption of only 160µA/MHz,
friendly EFM32TG840 microcontroller featured in Energy Micro's
latest kit is
the largest in a family of 23 Tiny Gecko devices now in full
The starter kit includes a 8x20 segment LCD supported by Tiny's
sub µA LCD
controller and a selection of light, touch and motion sensors,
backed by the
MCU's innovative low energy sensor (LESENSE) interface.
Tiny's LESENSE interface with 'wake-on-touch' capability
of the Cortex-M3 core and enables a mix of up to 16 resistive,
inductive sensors to be autonomously monitored while the microcontroller
remains in its 900nA deep sleep mode. Other low power peripherals
by the kit's MCU include a 150nA low energy UART and a 350µA
12-bit ADC. The starter kit provides a comprehensive choice
of GPIO pins,
serial communication ports and debug connections.
To support the development of the most energy efficient application
the Tiny Gecko starter kit also integrates Energy Micro's
Energy Monitoring system (AEM), enabling system current consumption
voltage to be accurately viewed in real time, allowing code
to be debugged
for adverse energy drains.
Visualisation and analysis of the starter kit system's energy
data is via energyAware Profiler, one of a comprehensive selection
software tools and resources accessible through Energy Micro's
free-to-download Simplicity Studio. Providing immediate access
updates on all the software tools, product documentation and
needed in the development of EFM32 Gecko microcontroller systems,
Studio aims to dramatically reduce embedded development times.
Further information on the Tiny Gecko starter kit can be