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STMicroelectronics To Hand Out Up To 7000 Microcontroller Discovery Kits at ‘embedded world’ to Encourage Creativity and Nurture Development of Outstanding Embedded Applications

21st February 2011
ES Admin
At the upcoming embedded world trade show in Nuremberg, STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a world leader in microcontrollers, will give away 7000 quick-start development boards for fast evaluation and low-risk prototyping with ST’s popular 8-bit (STM8) and 32-bit (STM32) microcontroller devices.
The ‘Discovery Kits’ form an integral part of ST’s microcontroller tool strategy, enabling the easiest possible design starts. Straightforward to set up and use by plugging into a PC, these USB-powered boards integrate a microcontroller and an ST-Link debugger, complemented with free programming and compiling software from ST and third parties.



On-board hardware extensions provide easy connection to other boards or devices for deeper testing of the microcontroller peripherals. All kits contain LEDs and push buttons and enable access to all device pins through an extension header.



Today, Discovery Kits are available for ST’s: standard 8-bit (STM8S), the STM8S-Discovery; ultra-low-power 8-bit (STM8L), the STM8L-Discovery; as well as the standard 32-bit (STM32) microcontroller series, the STM32VL-Discovery. At the embedded world 2011, a new Discovery Kit will be introduced for ST’s 32-bit ultra-low-power family, the STM32L, and it will be available in April 2011.



Normally priced below €10, Discovery Kits have become hugely popular with the embedded design community as the perfect tool for discovering the possibilities of ST’s microcontrollers, with some 100,000 units shipped to date.

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