Luminary Micro Introduces Two New Stellaris(R) Evaluation Kits and Reduces Prices Up to 12% on Some Stellaris Evaluation Kits



    
    Fully Integrated Kits Greet Users of 34 Newly Announced Integrated
    Communications and High Pin Count, Low Power Stellaris MCUs
    

    AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 18 /CNW/ -- Luminary Micro
(http://www.luminarymicro.com), creators of the award-winning Stellaris(R)
family of ARM Cortex(TM)-M3-based microcontrollers (MCUs), today announced the
immediate availability of two new Stellaris Evaluation Kits, along with a 12%
price reduction on two other Stellaris Evaluation Kits.  Designed for the new
classes of Stellaris integrated communication MCUs and high pin count, low
power MCUs, these compact and versatile evaluation kits take advantage of the
capabilities of the new Stellaris microcontrollers with more memory, more
GPIOs, enhanced power management, and the addition of combined integrated
10/100 Ethernet MAC and PHY and CAN communications.  In addition, pricing has
been reduced on the Stellaris Evaluation Kits that support the LM3S2000 series
of CAN-connected MCUs and the LM3S6000 series of integrated Ethernet MCUs.
    
    Evaluation Kits Have Developers Up and Running in 10 Minutes Or Less
    
    Each feature-rich evaluation kit includes evaluation boards, all required
cables, a choice of evaluation tools suites for popular development tools,
documentation, the Stellaris Peripheral Driver Library (providing a
royalty-free, convenient, no-hassle method of initializing, programming, and
controlling peripherals), source code for example applications, applications
notes, and everything a developer needs to get up and running in 10 minutes or
less, for a superb "out-of-the-box" experience.  Both kits span the design
spectrum from evaluation to prototyping to application-specific design by
functioning both as an evaluation platform and as a serial in-circuit debug
interface for any Stellaris microcontroller-based target board. Each kit also
provides labeled breakout pads for all Stellaris MCU I/O; a 128 x 64 pixel
4-bit monochromatic OLED graphics display; user LED, navigation switches, and
select push buttons; a magnetic speaker; USB cable (power and debug) for
simple set-up; standard ARM(R) 20-pin JTAG debug connector with input and
output modes; and a Stellaris CD packed with datasheets, schematics,
applications notes, and programming examples.
    Evaluation tools suite choices include ARM RealView(R) Microcontroller
Development kit (MDK-ARM), IAR Embedded Workbench(R) KickStart Edition, and
CodeSourcery Sourcery G++(TM) GNU tools. In addition, the kits can also be
used with popular debug emulators such as the ARM ULINK or IAR JLINK, enabling
rapid debug and development with fast download speeds.  Free downloads of
ported demos of Real Time Operating Systems (RTOSes) and demo communications
stacks are available on the product page for each kit version on Luminary
Micro's web site.
    
    ARM RealView Microcontroller Development Kit Tools: a Popular Option
    
    Each Stellaris Evaluation Kit provides an evaluation tool suite choice
for an evaluation copy of the ARM RealView Microcontroller Development Kit
(MDK) software, limited to 16K code size. The RealView MDK includes the ARM
RealView C/C++ Compiler, Assembler, and Linker, the Keil(TM) uVision IDE,
Stellaris- aware Debugger and Simulator, together with examples and templates
and the RTX real-time kernel.  In addition, ported demos of RTOSes include
FreeRTOS.org(TM), Express Logic ThreadX(R), CMX Systems CMX-RTX(TM), Keil RTX,
and SEGGER embOS.  For kits that include embedded Ethernet capabilities,
Ethernet stacks available include open source lwIP; Express Logic NetX(TM)
TCP/IP; InterNiche TCP/IP NicheStack(TM), NicheLITE(TM), and add-on modules
such as HTTP, SNMP, and security protocols; CMX Systems CMX-MicroNet(TM);
FreeRTOS.org-based open source uIP stack; and RTA Automation EtherNET/IP(TM).
For kits that include hardware-assist IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol
support, the open source 1588 PTPd stack has been ported for use with
FreeRTOS.org RTOS.  For kits that include embedded CAN communications, CAN
stacks available include CMX Systems CMX-CANopen(TM) and RTA Automation
CANopen and DeviceNet(TM).
    
    IAR Embedded Workbench Tools: a 32KB KickStart Edition
    
    The IAR Embedded Workbench is a powerful set of essential build and debug
tools for embedded projects using both C and C++. The KickStart Edition allows
projects of up to 32KB code size, enabling users to seriously evaluate the
performance and capabilities of the new real-time communications-enhanced
Stellaris microcontrollers.  In addition, ported demos of RTOSes include
FreeRTOS.org, Micrium uC/OS-II with uC/Probe embedded system monitoring, CMX
Systems CMX-RTX, IAR PowerPac(TM), and SEGGER embOS.   For kits that include
embedded Ethernet capabilities, Ethernet stacks available include open source
lwIP; Micrium uC/TCP-IP and uC/Modbus; InterNiche TCP/IP NicheStack,
NicheLITE, and add-on modules such as HTTP, SNMP, and security protocols; CMX
Systems CMX-MicroNet; FreeRTOS.org-based open source uIP stack; and RTA
Automation EtherNET/IP.  For kits that include hardware-assist IEEE 1588
Precision Time Protocol support, the open source 1588 PTPd stack has been
ported for use with FreeRTOS.org RTOS.  For kits that include embedded CAN
communications, CAN stacks available include Micrium uC/CAN; CMX Systems CMX-
CANopen and RTA Automation CANopen and DeviceNet.
    CodeSourcery Sourcery G++ GNU Toolchain Features a Cost-Effective
Personal Edition
    In partnership with ARM, Ltd., CodeSourcery develops improvements to the
GNU Toolchain for ARM processors and provides regular, validated releases of
the GNU Toolchain. The CodeSourcery version of Stellaris Evaluation Kits
include a 30-day evaluation version of the Sourcery G++ toolchain, which
provides an integrated development environment, the GNU Toolchain, and
hardware debug support for the entire Stellaris family of microcontrollers.  A
fully-capable Personal Edition license is available for just $199.   Ported
demos of RTOSes include FreeRTOS.org.  For kits that include embedded Ethernet
capabilities, Ethernet stacks available include open source lwIP; InterNiche
TCP/IP NicheStack, NicheLITE, and add-on modules such as HTTP, SNMP, and
security protocols; and FreeRTOS.org-based open source uIP stack.   For kits
that include hardware-assist IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol support, the
open source 1588 PTPd stack has been ported for use with FreeRTOS.org RTOS.
    Stellaris LM3S8962 Evaluation Kit: Fully Integrated 10/100 Embedded
Ethernet with CAN Controllers
    The Stellaris LM3S8962 Ethernet+CAN Evaluation Kit is exceptional for its
compactness and versatility, providing a convenient platform for evaluating
and developing internetworking applications.  The kit includes an out-of-the-
box quickstart application with both an embedded web server utilizing the open
source lwIP TCP/IP stack and CAN communication with a provided secondary CAN
board based on the LM3S2110 entry-level CAN MCU.  In addition to the kit
features listed above, each Stellaris LM3S8962 Ethernet+CAN Evaluation Kit
contains:
    
    -- EVB-LM3S8962 Evaluation Board with 50MHz LM3S8962 (fully integrated
       10/100 embedded Ethernet controller with integrated CAN controller,
       256K flash, 64K SRAM)
    -- EVB-LM3S2110 Evaluation Board with 25MHz LM3S2110 (fully integrated
       CAN controller, 64K flash, 16K SRAM)
    -- MicroSD card slot
    -- Retractable Ethernet cable
    -- CAN network cable to connect the two boards
    Stellaris LM3S1968 Evaluation Kit Features Battery-Backed Hibernation
    
    The Stellaris LM3S1968 Evaluation Kit provides a convenient platform for
evaluating and developing with Stellaris high pin count real-time MCUs with
battery-backed hibernation.  The kit includes a quickstart application that
uses hibernation mode to keep track of game high scores between power-ups.  In
addition to the kit features listed above, each Stellaris LM3S1968 Evaluation
Kit contains:
    
    -- EVB-LM3S1968 Evaluation Board with 50MHz LM3S1968 (256K flash, 64K
       SRAM, battery-backed hibernation, 8 ADCs, 2 Quadrature Encoder Inputs,
       and up to 52 GPIOs)
    -- CR2032 battery slot with battery
    
    Price Reductions on LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation Kit and LM3S2965 CAN
Evaluation Kit
    Luminary Micro has also reduced prices on selected Stellaris Evaluation
Kits.  Pricing on the LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation Kit has been reduced from
$79 USD to $69 USD.  Featuring fully integrated 10/100 Ethernet capability and
including two examples of an embedded web-server demonstration application,
the LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation Kit is ideal for developers creating embedded
applications with Ethernet communications.
    The LM3S2965 CAN Evaluation Kit, featuring a complete CAN network right
out-of-the-box, is now available for just $79 USD, a 12% reduction in price.
The LM3S2965 CAN Evaluation Kit includes two separate CAN networking boards to
provide working examples of CAN packet transmission and receipt right out-of-
the-box.
    
    Stellaris Evaluation Kits Ordering and Availability
    
    All of these Stellaris Evaluation Kits are available now through Luminary
Micro's global sales channel (http://www.luminarymicro.com/sales) and online:
    
    -- US $59 -- Stellaris LM3S1968 Evaluation Kit -- buy online at
       http://www.luminarymicro.com/products/lm3s1968_evaluation_kit.html
    -- US $69 -- Stellaris LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation Kit -- buy online at
       http://www.luminarymicro.com/products/lm3s6965_evaluation_kit.html
    -- US $79 -- Stellaris LM3S2965 CAN Evaluation Kit -- buy online at
       http://www.luminarymicro.com/products/lm3s2965_evaluation_kit.html
    -- US $89 - Stellaris LM3S8962 Ethernet+CAN Evaluation Kit - buy online at
       http://www.luminarymicro.com/products/lm3s8962_evaluation_kit.html
    
    The Stellaris family of microcontrollers currently contains 85 real-time
microcontrollers targeted at embedded and industrial applications, such as
motion control, fire and security, remote sensing, HVAC and building controls,
power and energy monitoring and conversion, network appliances and switches,
factory automation, electronic point-of-sale machines, test and measurement
equipment, medical instrumentation, and gaming equipment.
    
    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. Contact the company at 1-512-279-8800 or email
press@luminarymicro.com for more information.
    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. 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, 
+1-512-279-8801, mobile, +1-512-917-3088, JeanAnne.Booth@LuminaryMicro.com Web
Site: http://www.luminarymicro.com

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