The folks at Energy Micro, who cheerfully bill themselves as "The energy friendly microcontroller and radio company," are partnering with the guys and gals at the component distribution company CODICO to distribute free EFM32GG-STK3700 Giant Gecko microcontroller starter kits at Electronica 2012 (to be held November 13-16 in Munich, Germany).
In order to qualify for a free kit, which can be used as the starting point of the development of most energy efficient applications, visitors must register their interest at the Energy Micro booth (A4.442) or the Codico booth (A5.507).
Each starter kit features a capacitive touch slider, battery operation, SEGGER J-Link debugger, and support for Energy Micro's free energyAware Profiler tool. The energyAware Profiler is used to debug software real-time and shows power profiles and current consumption so designers can achieve minimum energy consumption.
The onboard EFM32 Giant Gecko microcontroller features the ARM Cortex-M3 processor and 1024KB Flash memory. Options include USB, direct drive TFT, LCD control, 12-bit ADC, op-amps, multiple serial interfaces and CPU speeds up to 48 MHz. Additional low energy features include the Low Energy Sensor interface (LESENSE) which allows capacitive, inductive and resistive sensor processing at the 1µA level. Many more autonomous low energy peripherals are available that enable control algorithms in Deep Sleep Mode, without CPU intervention, with a current consumption of about 1µA in total.
In addition to the free kit, designers can obtain free samples of EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers directly from Energy Micro by Clicking Here
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