Starter development kits for ST's ARM Cortex-M4 MCUs

November 08, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
IAR KickStart Kit and Experiment! kits are available for the STM32F429 series; the kits contain software and example projects, as well as an evaluation board with connectivity ideas.

Several kits from IAR Systems for the high-performance STM32F429 series from STMicroelectronics provide hardware, example projects and evaluation versions of the IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM embedded development toolchain. The kits can be used to evaluate the tools and the MCU, as well as to design, start develop, integrate and test applications.

STMicroelectronics’ STM32F429 series is based on an ARM Cortex-M4 core and features peripherals for connectivity, graphics and audio. The series is designed for medical, industrial and consumer applications where a high level of integration and peripherals are required.

IAR's KickStart Kit for STM32F429 contains a board with an LCD touch screen, microphone and headphone connectors, Ethernet, USB OTG and USB Host connectors. Included is SPI flash memory, an SD card slot and multiple power supply options: a J-Link Lite debug probe provides JTAG and SWD debug interfaces. For enhanced debug capabilities, IAR Systems also offers a range of fully integrated in-circuit debugging probes sold separately. I-jet provides a fast debugging platform and has the capability of measuring target power consumption with a high degree of accuracy. Detailed current and voltage measurements can be added by I-scope. Advanced trace functionality is provided by JTAGjet-Trace.

Two IAR Experiment! Kits are available: a magnetometer kit and a game controller kit. Both include example projects, evaluation versions of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM and an STM32F429 evaluation board. The magnetometer kit can be used to identify magnetic fields with the included magnetometer module and to output information on a small LCD. The game controller kit features a game controller and a colour LCD. Optionally, the kits can include a J-Link Lite debug probe that is compatible with other JTAG probes such as I-jet. Pricing starts at €69/€94.

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