Partnership eases design with Freescale 8-bit MCUs - Embedded.com

Partnership eases design with Freescale 8-bit MCUs

The XL_STAR development environment for 8-bit microcontroller designs is the result of a strategic partnership between element14 and Freescale Semiconductor.

The XL_STAR, an 8-bit MCU based development environment, debugger and accelerometer demonstration board has been developed by cooperation between element14  and Freescale Semiconductor.  

The XL_STAR is a multifunction development tool for both hardware and software engineers that aims to simplify and speed up the development of code and movement detection functionality in portable, low power designs.
 
The XL_STAR development environment combines a Freescale’s 8-bit MC9S08MM128 MCU and a free version of Freescale’s CodeWarrior for microcontrollers, now capable of generating up to 64Kbytes of object code from either assembler or C source code.

This update to CodeWarrior allows more than 80 percent of Freescale’s HCS08 8-bit MCU family to be targeted for code development free of charge.

XL_STAR also supports Freescale’s Flexis family allowing for migration to 32-bit MCUs for higher performance without the need for PCB redesign.

The XL_STAR features a number of pre-programmed demonstrations designed to show some of the applications you can perform with the on-board accelerometer.

Through this strategic partnership with Freescale, XL_STAR is now available in the Americas through Newark, Farnell in Europe and element14 in Asia.

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