Geneva A tool kit for developing and debugging designs centered around STMicroelectronics’ uPSD3400 Turbo Plus series of eight-bit embedded flash MCUs, the DK3400 includes evaluation versions of the μVision3 Keil Software, Inc. and the Rkit IDE from Raisonance SA, both of which take advantage of the MCU’s advanced JTAG debugging features including single step, program trace, code coverage, and advanced breakpoints.
The DK3400 development board itself comprises a motherboard and detachable daughterboard. On the motherboard are extension board sockets, a 132-by-22-pixel dot matrix display that can show Chinese characters, an RS-232 connector, and a PS/2 keyboard connector. The daughterboard has two USB connectors, a 14-pin JTAG connector, an RS-232 port, an IrDA transceiver, and pad space for a NAND flash chip.
Other elements of the tool kit include STMicroelectronics’ PSDsoft Express to initially configure the MCU’s memory map and I/O; JTAG debugging hardware; full documentation, including a quick start guide and CDROM-based user manual and data sheet; demonstration software; sample code; cables; and power supply.
The uPSD3400 Turbo Plus microcontroller is said to be the highest performing member of STMicroelectronics’ uPSD family of 8051-class, embedded flash MCUs. The processor conforms to USB 2.0 at full speed and has a JTAG interface for in-system programming and MCU core debugging with the ability to trace instructions at high speed, eliminating the need for an in-circuit emulator.
The DK3400 carries a suggested retail price of $199.
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