Luminary Micro Announces Networked Intelligent Display and Serial-to-Ethernet Modules for Time-To-Production Advantage



    Modules Provide Real-Time Communications Performance Using Award-Winning
    Stellaris(R) ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3-based Microcontrollers

    AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26 /CNW/ -- Luminary Micro
(http://www.LuminaryMicro.com), creators of the award-winning Stellaris(R)
family of ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3-based microcontrollers (MCUs), today announced
rapid-time-to-market communications modules and reference design kits for
Ethernet-enabled display applications and serial-to-Ethernet communications
applications.  Based on Luminary Micro's powerful real-time Stellaris
microcontrollers, the communications modules and accompanying reference design
kits provide OEMs with a production-ready solution to immediately integrate
high performance communications into their end products at cost-effective
volume pricing.
    Networked Intelligent Display Module (MDL-IDM) and Reference Design Kit
(RDK-IDM)
    The compact networked Intelligent Display Module (MDL-IDM) offers a
complete graphical touch-screen user interface solution for control,
automation, and instrumentation applications.  Featuring a 2.8" QVGA 16-bit
color LCD resistive touch panel display and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)
capability, the Stellaris MDL-IDM offers a simple method to produce
intelligent terminals that can be simultaneously powered and network-connected
by a single CAT5 Ethernet cable. Alternatively, the module can be powered with
a standard 24 V DC power supply or through 5 V DC terminals.  The MDL-IDM
module also features additional serial connectivity options for easy
implementation as a Human Machine Interface (HMI) touch display panel in an
embedded control device.  Built upon the high performance Stellaris LM3S6918
MCU with 256K of single-cycle Flash memory and 64K of single-cycle SRAM, the
Intelligent Display Module also includes an additional 128K of display memory,
an SD Card interface, an audio transducer, a relay output, and four analog
measurement inputs.
    Software for the Intelligent Display Module includes the Stellaris
Graphics Library and Stellaris Peripheral Driver Library.  The libraries
provide an easy C/C++ applications programming interface that generates
graphical elements for the IDM and that controls the peripherals found on the
LM3S6918 MCU, respectively.  The Stellaris Graphics Library supports widgets
(push buttons, check boxes, radio buttons, text or image canvas elements), and
basic graphical primitives (lines, circles, rectangles, and text rendering).
The software support also includes a board support package that provides
software drivers for the touch screen, the SD Card interface, the relay
output, the sound capability, and the analog inputs.
    The Reference Design Kit for the Intelligent Display Module includes an
Ethernet cable, wall power supply, and CD containing all the module design
information, including schematics, BOM, Gerber files, software source code,
and documentation.  All of the module design information is openly available,
NRE- and royalty-free, for use and modification on any Stellaris-based design.
    
    Serial-to-Ethernet Module (MDL-S2E) and Reference Design Kit (RDK-S2E)
    
    The tiny-footprint Luminary Micro Stellaris Serial-to-Ethernet Module
(MDL-S2E) offers a complete, ready-to-implement solution designed to add web
connectivity to any serial device. The most common application for the MDL-S2E
is for augmenting legacy products that only contain a serial port for a
configuration or control interface.  Many newer computers, especially laptop
computers, do not have serial ports.  In addition, a serial connection is
limited by cable length (typically 10 m).  Simply installing a Stellaris
Serial-to-Ethernet Module into the legacy serial design provides many benefits
including no major board redesign or software changes, easy sharing on a
network other than Ethernet, tiny form-factor for unobtrusive implementation,
and freedom from the 10-meter maximum cable length limitation for serial
connections.
    The MDL-S2E is the first serial-to-Ethernet converter available with a
highly integrated ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller with 50 MHz of performance and
ample single-cycle, on-chip Flash and SRAM memory for efficient network
traffic handling. For maximum space savings, the Stellaris microcontroller is
offered in a small BGA package and integrates the 10/100 Ethernet MAC and PHY
on-chip.  Preprogrammed software included in the module supports IP
configuration with static IP address or DHCP; a Telnet server for access to
serial port; a web server for module configuration; UDP responder for device
discovery; a Telnet client for Ethernet-based serial port extender; and SSH
server for secure communications.
    The Reference Design Kit for the Serial-to-Ethernet Module includes a
retractable Ethernet cable, USB cable for power from a PC, DB9 serial cable,
an adaptor board containing the DB9 serial connector, and CD containing all
the module design information, including schematics, BOM, Gerber files,
software source code, and documentation.  All of the module design information
is openly available, NRE- and royalty-free, for use and modification on any
Stellaris-based design.
    Having It All: Rapid Time-To-Market and Cost-Effective Volume Production
with Open-Tooled Solutions
    Both of the new Stellaris communications modules support rapid time-to-
market with cost-effective volume production price points.  Luminary Micro
supports very high volume applications by "open-tooling" each module: all the
module design information is openly available, NRE- and royalty-free, for use
and modification on any Stellaris-based design.  Available module design
information includes schematics, BOM, Gerber files, software source code, and
documentation.  Luminary Micro also provides a Reference Design Kit version of
each module that contains all components and cables for out-of-the-box use in
development environments.
    
    Pricing and Availability
    
    Available in April through Luminary Micro's global sales channel
(http://www.LuminaryMicro.com/sales) and online:

    
    -- USD 189  Stellaris Intelligent Display Module (MDL-IDM)  (qty 1)
       (www.LuminaryMicro.com/products/mdl_idm.html)
    

    
    -- USD 49 Stellaris Serial-to-Ethernet Module (MDL-S2E)  (qty 1)
       (www.LuminaryMicro.com/products/mdl_s2e.html)
    

    
    -- USD 219 Stellaris Intelligent Display Module Reference Design Kit
       (RDK-IDM)  (qty 1)
       (www.LuminaryMicro.com/products/rdk_idm.html)
    

    
    -- USD 139 Stellaris Serial-to-Ethernet Module Reference Design Kit
       (RDK-S2E)  (qty 1)
       (www.LuminaryMicro.com/products/rdk_s2e.html)

    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. Developed for use in embedded and
industrial applications, 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.
    Stellaris and the Luminary Micro logo are registered trademarks of
Luminary Micro, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other
countries. All other brands or product names are the property of their
respective holders.
    
    Luminary Micro Company Contact: Jean Anne Booth / CMO / +1.512.917.3088
    mobile / +1.512.279.8801 office / JeanAnne.Booth@LuminaryMicro.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Jean Anne Booth, CMO of Luminary Micro, Inc., 
Mobile, +1-512-917-3088, Office, +1-512-279-8801,
JeanAnne.Booth@LuminaryMicro.com; Web Site: http://www.luminarymicro.com

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