Austin, Tex. Luminary Micro Inc. has launched the first members of its ARM-based Stellaris family of 32-bit microcontrollers that boasts an entry-level price of only $1.00. The move, according to the company enables embedded microcontroller system designers to utilize 32-bit performance for the same price as their current 8- and 16-bit microcontroller designs.
The Stellaris family is based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, the microcontroller member of the ARM Cortex processor family. The first two members of family, called the LM3S101 and LM3S102 are available now.
The Cortex-M3 processor is architected to bring 32-bit to the 8/16-bit MCU space. MCU applications starting with the Stellaris family have access to a 20x range of instruction set compatible performance, spanning 20MHz Stellaris MCUs to gigahertz Cortex-A8 processor-based solutions from other ARM partners.
According to Luminary Micro, once the Stellaris customer buys a fully functional development kit with ready-to-go software and tools, the user can be up and running in 10 minutes or less. In addition to a Stellaris microcontroller, these kits include the company’s development kit motherboard and daughterboard; peripheral driver library; documentation, schematics, and example programs; and all cables and jumpers. The motherboard in the development kit supports the entire Stellaris family of microcontrollers, including future members of the family.
The boards in the Stellaris development kit have passed the certification and are CE marked, indicating the development kit’s conformance to the mandatory European safety requirements. The development kit also includes full evaluation versions of software and hardware development tools from ARM, with the RealView Microcontroller Development Kit, which incorporates the industry-proven Keil mocroVision development environment, IAR Systems and CodeSourcery (GNU).
Alpha customers are currently designing in Luminary Micro products. Full development kits, including applications software and evaluation versions of popular software tools, are available now. Small-quantity orders of LM3S101 and LM3S102 silicon are also available now with volume production in Q306. Orders may be placed at
www.luminarymicro. or through Mouser at www.mouser.com.
Luminary Micro Inc. 1-512-279-8800