Norwegian chip designer Energy Micro has launched a new
development kit for its low energy EFM32 Gecko microcontroller family.
Priced at $309, the kit includes full SEGGER J-Trace and J-Link support,
reducing the need for additional debugging tools.
The EFM32G-DK3550 kit uses the ARM Cortex-M3 EFM32G890F128
microcontroller. It is based on the main board from the bigger Leopard
and Giant Gecko kits, providing an extensive range of features, and
helping to speed up development cycles.
When using the EFM32G-DK3550, designers can directly access the Gecko
MCU's LCD and external bus interfaces. In addition the board offers a
full complement of user interface hardware including a full color 320 x
240 resistive touch TFT display, supporting switches, a joystick and
The list of kit features also includes a large, replaceable prototyping
area, 16MB NOR-Flash and 4MB PSRAM, Ethernet MAC/PHY, support for
MicroSD, audio I/O and I2S DAC, as well as an on-board USB debug
interface. An on-board Advanced Energy Monitoring (AEM) system enables
easy visualization of the prototype's energy consumption.
Supporting the EFM32G-DK3550 is Energy Micro's Simplicity Studio suite,
which includes the unique energyAware Profiler. Interfacing directly
with the kit's AEM system via USB, all relevant system data can be read
out and presented on a host computer as real-time graphs of current
consumption and the related object code. It also contains all relevant
EFM32 Gecko code examples and application notes.
This article originally appeared in EETimes Europe.