Future Electronics’ free-board programme adds Atmel 8- and 32-bit MCU kits

April 17, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Future Electronics has added three of the latest development boards for Atmel microcontrollers to its FTM Board Club website, making them available free to qualified members. One of the new boards supports the ATmega168, an 8-bit AVR microcontroller. The other two are for users of the SAM D21 or SAM R21 families of ARM Cortex™-M0+ microcontrollers.

The ATMEGA168-XMINI is a flexible for users of the ATmega168 MCU, providing an on-board debugger, a large prototyping area with connections to all the MCU’s pins, and a footprint for an optional Arduino shield connector. The board is automatically detected by the Atmel Studio development environment on power-up.

The ATSAMD21-XPRO and ATSAMR21-XPRO boards provide a feature-rich hardware environment for developers working with ARM Cortex-M0+ based MCUs. The boards may be easily extended with Atmel I/O1 Xplained Pro, OLED1 Xplained Pro, QT1 Xplained Pro, and PROTO1 Xplained Pro extension boards, enabling designers to quickly build a realistic application environment in which to experiment with the capabilities of the microcontroller. Both boards include a debugger, and are powered over USB.

The new boards are available to members of the FTM Board Club (at www.my-boardclub.com), a website provided by Future Electronics (EMEA) to offer OEM engineers easy access to free evaluation, development and prototyping boards. Any OEM engineer starting development of a new or substantially enhanced product design may apply for a free development board at the FTM Board Club.

The newly introduced boards strengthen the site’s offering of Atmel boards, extending the number of leading component manufacturers which provide a comprehensive portfolio of free development and evaluation boards there.

Future Electronics; www.FutureElectronics.com