Luminary Micro and Keil Announce Winners of the DesignStellaris2006 Design Contest



    
    Jingxi Zhang's Handheld Multifunction Scope Wins First Design Contest
    Utilizing ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3 Microcontrollers with ARM RealView Tools
    

    AUSTIN, Texas, April 3 /CNW/ -- Luminary Micro
(http://www.luminarymicro.com ), a fabless semiconductor company that designs,
markets, and sells award-winning ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3 processor-based
microcontrollers, together with Keil (an ARM company) and Circuit Cellar
magazine, names Jingxi Zhang the winner of the $10,000 DesignStellaris2006
design contest for the Stellaris(R) family of microcontrollers -- the world's
first silicon implementation of the ARM Cortex-M3 processor.
    The US $3000 first prize went to Zhang's Handheld Multifunction Scope
project based on the Stellaris EKK-LM3S811 evaluation board. The Handheld
Multifunction Scope can be operated in standalone mode with three AAA
batteries.  It can also be powered through a PC USB port, and in this mode,
the PC screen is used to show the oscilloscope display and the measurement
values. Zhang's flexible tool functions as a dual channel trace oscilloscope;
an AC/DC Voltmeter, Ohmmeter, capacitance, and inductance meters; frequency
counter; a logic probe; and a pulse generator.
    "I enjoyed using Luminary Micro's wonderful Stellaris chip for the
Circuit Cellar DesignStellaris2006 contest," said Jingxi Zhang, Senior System
Architect of Jupiter Systems.  "The rich on-chip peripherals and plentiful
GPIO pins of the LM3S811 make it possible to build this multifunction tool
with few external components."
    Second place went to Thomas M. Alldread's "RF NimbleSig," an RF signal
generator and power meter, which is a compact direct digital synthesizer (DDS)
generator / RF power meter module that provides a frequency agile RF output
signal source and a low level RF power measurement. Jake Gunderson captured
the third prize for his "Squawk Box," a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
user instrument that interfaces the widely accepted Asterisk open source soft
telephone switch.
    Honorable mentions were awarded to:  Ilya Mamontov (Stroboscopic Pocket
Tuner), Alexandre Guimaraes (Not Just Another SMD Reflow Controller), James
Koehler (Audio Noise Figure Meter), Lindsay Meek (Uninterruptible Solar Power
Supply), Naubert Aparicio (ArmExe: an RTOS for Luminary Micro Stellaris
Cortex-M3 microcontrollers), Jeffrey Berezin (Bicycle Simulator), Fabian de la
Fuente (Timecode generator), Henry Pfister (Multitone Music Keyboard), Peter
Baston (AIS Decoder), Alex Wolfing (PGKey), Benjamin Wolpoff (Shock-N-Awe),
Andrew Sterian (Coil Gun Controller), Hoa Phan (Automatic Antenna Positioner),
Fernando Jordan (Swissjazz), Robert Papp (StellarisGfx), and Sylvain Davaine
(Large LCD Screen Driver).

    
    Thousands of Engineers Competed for Top Prize
    
    To win the top prize, Zhang competed against top embedded engineers
worldwide for more than US $10,000 in cash prizes using Luminary Micro's
Stellaris family of ARM Cortex-M3 processor-based controllers with the ARM
RealView(R) Microcontroller Development Kit. To enable designers to develop
applications for the contest even more quickly, Luminary Micro and Keil
specifically developed the Stellaris LM3S811 Evaluation Kit with RealView
Microcontroller Development Kit evaluation software (ordering part number EKK-
LM3S811). Thousands of engineers worldwide responded to the call and obtained
evaluation kits for the contest.
    "We are very impressed with the diverse and creative designs that poured
in from around the world," said Jean Anne Booth, Chief Marketing Office of
Luminary Micro. "With the ARM architecture and development support, the
Stellaris family provides the entry into the industry's strongest ecosystem,
with code compatibility ranging from $1.00 to 1 GHz. These inventive
applications certainly demonstrate that Stellaris is indeed the performance
product for serious microcontroller applications."
    "The response to the DesignStellaris2006 design contest was phenomenal,"
said Steve Ciarcia, Editorial Director and Circuit Cellar founder. "So many
design engineers around the globe were excited about working with Luminary
Micro MCUs and Keil tools that I knew right away this contest would be a hit."
    "ARM has been very impressed with the number and quality of entrants for
the DesignStellaris2006 competition," said Alistair Greenhill, director of
mass market tools, ARM. "We believe that this illustrates the strong momentum
within the marketplace to move to next-generation ARM 32-bit microcontrollers
based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, with devices that deliver outstanding
performance and ease-of-use at competitive pricing points."
    Developed specifically for microcontroller applications, Luminary Micro's
implementation of the Cortex-M3 processor in the Stellaris MCU family includes
the following features:

    
     (*)  Always single cycle flash accesses for maximal performance
     (*)  Deterministic, fast interrupt processing -- never more than 12 cycles,
        only 6 cycles with tail-chaining
     (*)  Entire software code base is written in C/C++ -- no assembly language
        required, even in startup code and interrupt service handlers, making
        the devices easy to program
     (*)  Occupies as little as half the flash code size of ARM7(TM) family-
        based MCU applications
     (*)  Real embedded MCU GPIOs -- all can generate interrupts, all have
        programmable drive strength and slew rate control
     (*)  No functional pin multiplexing -- pins are dedicated to one
        peripheral, backed by GPIO, and simultaneous use of on-chip
        peripherals is not limited by pin sharing, so engineers are no longer
        forced to choose between on-chip peripherals
    

    The Stellaris LM3S811 Evaluation Kit used for DesignStellaris2006 is both
an evaluation platform for the Stellaris LM3S811 and a serial in-circuit debug
interface for any Stellaris microcontroller-based target board, spanning the
design spectrum from evaluation to prototyping to application-specific design.
The kit also includes an evaluation copy of the RealView Microcontroller
Development Kit software tools on a CD packed with datasheets, schematics,
applications notes, and programming examples. The board is powered over USB
(cable included), and also contains silk-screened through-hole-mount pin
headers that can be user populated with pin stake headers for use in hardware
prototyping.

    
    Ordering Information
    
    The RealView Microcontroller Development Kit is available through Keil's
global sales channel listed at http://www.keil.com/distis/ . Stellaris
microcontroller development and evaluation kits, including the EKK-LM3S811
Evaluation Kit, are available through Luminary Micro's global sales channel
listed at http://www.luminarymicro.com/sales .

    
    About Luminary Micro and Stellaris
    
    Luminary Micro, Inc. designs, markets and sells ARM Cortex-M3-based
microcontrollers (MCUs). Austin, Texas-based Luminary Micro is the lead
partner for the Cortex-M3 processor, delivering the world's first silicon
implementation of the Cortex-M3 processor. Luminary Micro's introduction of
the award-winning Stellaris(R) family of products provides 32-bit performance
for the same price as current 8- and 16-bit microcontroller designs. With
entry-level pricing at $1.00 for an ARM technology-based MCU, Luminary Micro's
Stellaris product line allows for standardization that eliminates future
architectural upgrades or software tools changes. Contact the company at
+1-512-279-8800 or email press@luminarymicro.com for more information.

    
    About ARM
    
    ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital
products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to
imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's comprehensive product
offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, graphics
processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and
development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity
products. Combined with the company's broad Partner community, they provide a
total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading
electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at
http://www.arm.com .

    Stellaris is a registered trademark and the Luminary Micro logo is a
trademark of Luminary Micro, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and
other countries.  ARM and RealView are registered trademarks of ARM Limited.
Cortex, CoreSight, NEON and Embedded Trace Macrocell are trademarks of ARM
Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their
respective holders.
    "ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM
Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM
Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.;
AXYS Design Automation Inc.; AXYS GmbH; ARM Embedded Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; and
ARM Physical IP, Inc.; and ARM Norway AS.

    
                           Luminary Micro Contacts
     Company Contact:                                Media Contact:
     Jean Anne Booth                                 Karen Johnson
     CMO                                             512.632.9636 mobile
     512.917.3088 mobile                             512.858.9598 office
     512.279.8801 office                             Karen@karenjohnson.biz
     JeanAnne.Booth@luminarymicro.com


                                 ARM Contacts

     ARM PRESS OFFICE:  +44 208 996 4141

     Niall O'Malley                                  Michelle Spencer
     Text 100                                        ARM
     +44 20 8846 0740                                +44 1628 427 780
     niall.omalley@text100.co.uk                     michelle.spencer@arm.com

     Claudia Natalia
     ARM
     +1 408 548 3172
     claudia.natalia@arm.com

    




For further information:

For further information: Jean Anne Booth, CMO of Luminary Micro, Inc., 
+1-512-279-8801, or mobile, +1-512-917-3088, or 
JeanAnne.Booth@luminarymicro.com ; or media, Karen Johnson, +1-512-858-9598, 
or mobile, +1-512-632-9636, or Karen@karenjohnson.biz , for Luminary Micro, 
Inc.; or Niall O'Malley of Text 100, +44-20-8846-0740, or 
niall.omalley@text100.co.uk , for ARM; or ARM Press Office, +44-208-996-4141, 
or Michelle Spencer, +44-1628-427-780, or michelle.spencer@arm.com , or 
Claudia Natalia, +1-408-548-3172, or claudia.natalia@arm.com , all of ARM Web
Site: http://www.luminarymicro.com                 
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