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Universal development board enables choice of MCU

30th May 2022
Tom Anstee

MIKROE's 8th Gen development board includes wealth of features plus support for major MCU architectures and 1200+ add-on boards.

MikroElektronika (MIKROE), the embedded solutions company that dramatically cuts development time by providing innovative hardware and software products based on proven standards, has released UNI-DS v8, a universal development board that is ideal for rapid prototyping, which includes everything engineers might need for their new project. It is equipped with a range of features and global standard interfaces that enable complex projects to be created quickly, efficiently and elegantly.

The UNI-DS v8 development board includes a SiBRAIN socket that enables designers to try out different MCUs in a prototype system without having to invest in other expensive hardware or learn new tools. SiBRAIN is the open standard for sockets and add-on boards and currently supports 3300+ different microcontrollers from different families including STM32, Kinetis, TIVA, CEC, MSP, PIC, dsPIC, PIC32, and AVR. 100+ SiBRAIN add-on boards are currently available in MIKROE's online store.

UNI-DS v8 has five mikroBUS™ sockets, where you can place any of the 1200+ different Click boards™. These add-on boards save developers time, eliminating the need for the testing and troubleshooting which is often associated with the prototyping phase. They cover functions including mixed-signal, wireless connectivity, storage, interface, displays, human-machine interface, adapter, clock and timing, motor control, power management, and audio & voice. New Click boards are added almost every day and the number of combinations of functions that are possible almost limitless.

Uniquely, UNI-DS v8 integrates CODEGRIP, the first-ever programmer and debugger over Wi-Fi. This means that designers can place a UNI-DS v8 development board almost anywhere, including difficult-to-access sites such as hazardous environments, agricultural settings, and high-rise buildings while still retaining full debugging and programming access. CODEGRIP supports more than 3300+ microcontrollers from different vendors, and free updates are provided as new microcontrollers and vendors are added.

Comments Nebojsa Matic, CEO at MIKROE: “We were then the first company to make a universal development board back in 2002. Now it is very powerful with universal display and touchscreen interfaces and a high-quality power supply, as well as the flexibility of MCU and peripheral choice afforded by SiBRAIN and Click. But the ability to remote program and debug over Wi-Fi (USB connection is also possible) plus the integration with NECTO Studio, the world's first MCU vendor-independent IDE, means that prototyping has never been easier, no matter where you are or what level of resource you have."

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