Introductory kits provide evaluation starting-point for embedded toolchain

July 23, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
IAR Systems has introduced a range of starter kits called “Experiment!” for low-cost evaluation of its embedded development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench and the associated ARM-based microcontroller; users can design, start to develop, and integrate and test their applications.

First to be introduced are a game controller kit and a magnetometer kit. The game controller kit includes a game controller, a 1.8 x 1.6 in. colour LCD and example projects such as a snake game. The kit is priced at €89/$119. The magnetometer kit can be used to identify magnetic fields using the included magnetometer module and to output information on a 1.53 x 1.38 in. LCD. This kit is available for €69/€94. The kits include a size-limited license of the IAR Embedded Workbench toolchain and can be used with IAR Systems’ in-circuit debugging probe I-jet as well as other JTAG probes, and are also available in versions including an IAR J-Link Lite USB-JTAG/SWD debug probe.

Both kits are based on the ARM Cortex-M3 STM32L152VB microcontroller from STMicroelectronics and feature several connectors: JTAG 20 pin, a small 19 pin trace connector, two UEXT/UXT connectors and a USB connector. Power is supplied through the JTAG, trace or USB connector. The board also has a prototyping area, user and reset buttons and power and user LEDs, as well as designated power/current measuring points that can be used with IAR Systems’ I-scope probe to enable detailed current and power measurements correlated with the source code in IAR Embedded Workbench.

“We have developed a new type of kit for creative, easy and low-cost evaluation,” commented Sara Skrtic, Product Manager for Kits, IAR Systems. “We are developers ourselves, so when deciding what modules and project examples to include, we thought of what we like to work with, and we believe we came up with something that will be useful and fun at the same time. The two first kits will be followed by others, with different modules as well as a range of different microcontrollers.”

IAR Systems, www.iar.com/experiment