Speed Embedded Design With Starter Kit For Toshiba ARM Cortex-M0 Microcontrollers

27th February 2013
ES Admin
Toshiba and IAR have today introduced an embedded systems ‘starter kit’ that will speed development of smart meters, weighing scales and other applications that demand ultra-high-precision measurement. The new Starterkit is built around Toshiba’s TMPM061FWFG microcontroller, which is the first Toshiba microcontroller to use the ARM Cortex-M0 core.
This dual core device is optimised for smart metering and other precision measurement applications where it can replace a traditional two-chip analogue front end and processor with a single IC. Key features include a high-accuracy power calculation engine and high-precision 24-bit Delta-Sigma analogue-to-digital converters.

Combining a compact 140mm x 100mm evaluation board with all necessary software and documentation, the KickStart Kit is ready for ‘out-of-box’ operation. As well as the Toshiba microcontroller, the evaluation board includes a JTAG connector, an on-board debugger (eliminating the need for a debug probe and emulator), and a trace connector. An LCD display and user-programmable LEDs are also provided. Connectivity includes a USB driver and connector, an RS232 driver, three BNC connectors for analogue inputs and a UART interface. Board power options comprise USB, JTAG, on-board power jack and batteries.

The new kit is supported by the IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM integrated development environment. This IDE is a complete set of C/C++ compiler, debugger and project management tools and includes ready-made configuration files, flash loaders and over 3000 example projects. Using the IDE developers can rapidly program and debug the microcontroller - including modification and updating the basic energy use calculations supplied with the device.

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