Luminary Micro Launches 27 Stellaris(R) Microcontrollers Including the First Offering of Real-Time Networking with the ARM Cortex(TM)-M3 Processor



    
    Next Generation of Award-Winning Stellaris MCUs Offers Ethernet and
    CAN-bus with World's Only Integrated 10/100 Ethernet MAC and PHY in an
    ARM Architecture MCU
    

    AUSTIN, Texas, June 5 /CNW/ -- Luminary Micro
(http://www.luminarymicro.com), creators of the award-winning Stellaris
Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers, introduced today 27 new Stellaris
microcontrollers (MCUs), bringing innovative networking capabilities for real-
time applications in motion control, building and industrial automation, fire
and security, remote sensing, instrumentation, point-of-sales, and deeply
embedded connected systems.
    Introduced today are 12 members of the Stellaris LM3S6000 Ethernet series
and 15 members of the Stellaris LM3S2000 CAN series. These new MCUs extend the
world-class benefits of the Stellaris family with real-time networking, larger
on-chip memories, enhanced power management, and expanded I/O capabilities.
Evaluation kits for the new MCUs are available immediately through Luminary
Micro's global sales channel (http://www.luminarymicro.com/sales).  The new
MCUs are sampling today and will be available in volume production next
quarter.
    The LM3S6000 series are the first MCUs in the world featuring a fully-
integrated 100 Mbps Ethernet solution with ARM architecture compatibility. The
LM3S6000 devices combine both the Media Access Control (MAC) and Physical
(PHY) layers, marking the first time that integrated connectivity is available
with an ARM Cortex-M3 MCU and the only integrated 10/100 Ethernet MAC and PHY
available in an ARM architecture MCU.
    The Stellaris LM3S2000 series, designed for Controller Area Network (CAN)
applications, extends the Stellaris family with Bosch CAN networking
technology, the golden standard in short-haul industrial networks.  This
introduction marks the first integration of CAN capabilities with the
revolutionary Cortex-M3 core.
    "Being ARM's lead partner for the Cortex-M3 has given us the opportunity
to really demonstrate the strengths and capabilities of this optimized MCU
core, reaching far beyond any that are currently available," said Chief
Marketing Officer Jean Anne Booth. "In a year's time we've brought the ARM
architecture to embedded developers for the ground-breaking price of just
$1.00; we were the first to bring serious motion control capability to the ARM
architecture; and now we are bringing integrated CAN and Ethernet connectivity
to designers previously limited to 8- and 16-bit options."

    
    "$1 to 1 GHz" in the World's Best Development Ecosystem
    
    Stellaris family MCUs are based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, the
microcontroller member of the ARM Cortex processor family. Designed for
serious microcontroller applications, the Stellaris family provides entry into
the industry's strongest ecosystem, with code compatibility ranging from $1 to
1 GHz. Additional advantages include:

    
     (*)   Easy and cost-effective to upgrade from 8- and 16-bit
           applications, requiring less flash code space and delivering a
           10x improvement in performance over 8051 cores and an 8x
           improvement in performance over PIC24F cores;
     (*)   Extends ARM7(TM) family processor capabilities in critical MCU
           applications with a 4x improvement in control processing
           performance, real-time interrupt response capability, and
           predictable deterministic interrupt behavior, while requiring just
           half the flash code space of ARM7 control applications;
     (*)   Greater than 50 MIPS with a demonstrable 20x performance roadmap
           in the Cortex processor family, allowing for a "no-worry"
           migration path;
     (*)   Best-in-industry development environment and debug tools.
    

    Today's announced parts represent the next generation of the Stellaris
family, demonstrating the far-reaching capabilities of the Cortex-M3 core
combined with the real-life engineering expertise of the Stellaris MCU design
team.

    
    "Next-Generation Stellaris" Means Unprecedented Integration
    
    Twelve of the new MCUs feature on-chip Ethernet MAC and PHY, making
Stellaris the only ARM-based MCU to offer this useful feature. Applications
benefiting from this powerful capability include remote monitoring, electronic
point-of-sale machines, network appliances and switches, and gaming equipment.
    Features include:

    
     (*)    Integrated 10/100 Mbps Ethernet MAC and PHY
          -    Supports 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX/FX IEEE 802.3 full and half-
               duplex operation
          -    Automatic MDI/MDI-X cross-over correction
          -    Programmable MAC address
          -    Promiscuous mode support
          -    Power-saving and power-down modes
          -    2KB Transmit FIFO / 2 KB Receive FIFO
     (*)    25-50 MHz operation
     (*)    64-256 KB single-cycle flash and 16-64 KB single-cycle SRAM
     (*)    Up to 46 GPIOs
     (*)    Prices starting at US$4.61 in 10K quantities
    

    The fifteen other new MCUs include up to two integrated CAN controllers
with bit rates up to 1Mb/s, offering more robust capabilities for all control
processing applications. These devices are ideally suited for cost-conscious
applications requiring significant control processing and connectivity
capabilities such as test and measurement equipment, motion control, medical
instrumentation, HVAC and building control, and transportation.
    Features include:

    
    (*)     Up to 2 Bosch-licensed CAN controllers supporting protocol
            versions 2.0A & 2.0B
          -    Bit rates up to 1 Mb/s
          -    32 message objects, each with own identifier mask
          -    Disable automatic retransmission mode for TTCAN
          -    Programmable loop-back mode for self-test operation
     (*)    25-50 MHz operation
     (*)    64-256 KB single-cycle flash and 16-64 KB single-cycle SRAM
     (*)    Up to 60 GPIOs
     (*)    Prices starting at US$3.65 in 10K quantities
    

    For detailed information on the features of each Stellaris family member,
see http://www.luminarymicro.com/product_selector_guide.

    
    Evaluation Kits Have Developers Up and Running In 10 Minutes Or Less
    
    This announcement includes the arrival of two complete evaluation kits:
the Stellaris LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation Kit and the Stellaris LM3S2965 CAN
Evaluation Kit.  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 convenient, no-hassle method of initializing, programming, and
controlling peripherals), 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.
    The Stellaris LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation Kit is exceptional for its
compactness and versatility, and includes a quickstart application that
includes an embedded web server utilizing the open source lwIP TCP/IP stack
out of the box.  Evaluation tools suite choices include ARM RealView(R)
Microcontroller Development kit (MDK), IAR Embedded Workbench(R) Kickstart
Edition, and CodeSourcery Sourcery G++ GNU tools.  In addition, ported demos
of RTOSes  include FreeRTOS.org(TM), Micrium uC/OS-II with uC/Probe embedded
system monitoring, Express Logic ThreadX(R), CMX Systems CMX-RTX(TM), Keil
RTX, IAR PowerPac(TM), and SEGGER embOS.   Stacks available include 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; Micrium uC/TCP-IP and
uC/Modbus; and RTA Automation EtherNET/IP(TM).  The kit also includes an
embedded web server application based on the open source FreeRTOS.org RTOS and
open source uIP Ethernet stack.  The Stellaris LM3S6965 Ethernet Evaluation
Kit is available today for US$79.00.
    The Stellaris LM3S2965 CAN Evaluation Kit is provided as a fully
functional CAN network in a box, with both an LM3S2965-based master board and
a LM3S2110-based CAN device board, and a quickstart application that
demonstrates CAN communication out of the box.  Evaluation tools suite choices
include ARM RealView Microcontroller Development kit (MDK), IAR Embedded
Workbench Kickstart Edition, and CodeSourcery Sourcery G++ GNU tools.  In
addition, ported demos of RTOSes  include FreeRTOS.org, Micrium uC/OS-II with
uC/Probe embedded system monitoring, Express Logic ThreadX, CMX Systems CMX-
RTX, Keil RTX, IAR PowerPac, and SEGGER embOS.   Stacks available include CMX
Systems CMX-CANopen(TM); Micrium uC/CAN, and RTA Automation DeviceNet(TM). The
Stellaris LM3S2965 CAN Evaluation Kit is available today for US$89.00.
    Luminary Micro now has 51 Stellaris MCUs available in global
distribution, just 14 months after the company announced it was selected as
ARM's lead partner for Cortex-M3 development. The company has hundreds of
customer design wins across the Stellaris family, including the new devices
announced today.

    
    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.

    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 products are trademarks of their respective owners.

    
     Company Contact:
     Jean Anne Booth, CMO
     512.917.3088 mobile
     512.279.8801 office
     JeanAnne.Booth@luminarymicro.com

     Media Contact:
     Karen Johnson
     512.632.9636 mobile
     512.858.9598 office
     Karen@karenjohnson.biz

    




For further information:

For further information: Jean Anne Booth, CMO of Luminary Micro, Inc., 
+1-512-279-8801, mobile, +1-512-917-3088, JeanAnne.Booth@luminarymicro.com; 
or media, Karen Johnson, +1-512-858-9598, mobile, +1-512-632-9636, 
Karen@karenjohnson.biz Web Site: http://www.luminarymicro.com/

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