The EvoPrimer platform from STMicroelectronics builds on experience from ST's Primer and Primer2 kits of hand-held tools for rapid prototyping with the STM8 and STM32 microcontrollers.
EvoPrimer provides a common base unit with interchangeable low-cost microcontroller modules, or target boards which enable evaluation of alternative variants from the STM8 and STM32 families.
Target boards are available now to support STM8L 8-bit microcontrollers, as well as the 32-bit STM32F Connectivity and Performance Lines families. Additional target boards are soon to be introduced for the STM32L and the STM32 F-2 series featuring advanced 90nm process technology.
The target boards connect to functions on board the EvoPrimer base unit, including an LCD touchscreen, a joystick, a MEMS accelerometer, a microphone, loudspeaker and jack, a Micro SD card connector, and a Li-ion battery with charge-management circuitry.
An integrated extension connector allows extra functions to be added, if needed. EvoPrimer is also integrated with the CircleOS operating system, which provides services that save designers having to understand all the complexities of the microcontroller.
Communities at www.stm8circle.com and www.stm32circle.com provide almost 100 downloadable projects are available to members, and most will run immediately on EvoPrimer. They also provide other facilities including access to product specialists and discussion forums.
The EvoPrimer is initially available as a kit with one specified target board, priced at $99. Extra target boards are available for $24, and the base unit can also be purchased separately for $75. The platform is shipped with the Raisonance Ride 7 application development environment, and the Raisonance STM8 C compiler or GNU C compiler for STM32.
More information at www.st.com/internet/evalboard/product/250375.jsp