STM32 sensor board supports 96Boards Consumer Edition

18th January 2016
Posted By : Nat Bowers
STM32 sensor board supports 96Boards Consumer Edition

STMicroelectronics is sampling an STM32 MCU mezzanine board for 96Boards Consumer Edition (CE) platforms that simplifies development of smart mobile, embedded or digital-home devices. One of the first 96Boards CE small-mezzanine specification cards in the market, the B-F446E-96B01A simplifies development of context-aware functionality.

The board integrates ST’s powerful and efficient STM32F446 MCU featuring the ARM Cortex-M4F core, smart peripherals, as well as on-board MEMS accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, pressure sensor and microphone. Arduino Uno and Seeedstudio Grove connectors simplify adding extra-function extensions using expansion boards or modules from either ecosystem. These include light sensors, humidity sensors, wireless-communication interfaces, user-interface devices and many others.

The 96Boards CE specification streamlines product development based on ARM Cortex-A processors and Linux operating systems including Android by specifying a compact compute-board form factor, baseline I/Os such as WiFi, BLE, USB, MicroSD and HDMI, and standardised connector positions. The specification also standardises low- and high-speed peripheral connectors to allow functional expansion by adding mezzanine boards such as ST’s B-F446E-96B01A.

Developers can work with the B-F446E-96B01A using the same ecosystem as ST’s proven and convenient STM32 Nucleo boards. This gives access to resources including the STM32CubeMX initialisation code generator, as well as application-code samples, software snippets and a hardware API. The mezzanine board comes with an embedded ST-Link debugger, which eliminates any need for a separate debug probe, and allows drag-and-drop Flash programming. It is also enabling direct access to ARM mbed online tools, allowing projects to start immediately without having to install any software.

The B-F446E-96B01A is sampling now to lead customers and will be generally available in Q2 2016.

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