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Give Some Microcontroller Love2009-02-19 13:22:49

Say “I love you” with an “I Love ST” board ILoveST Eval Board: Dave Prochnow Are you looking for a gift for that special someone, that will also have some great practical worth when it's dumped ...
Say “I love you” with an “I Love ST” board
Image from so77.net ILoveST Eval Board: Dave Prochnow

Are you looking for a gift for that special someone, that will also have some great practical worth when it's dumped back in your lap on February 15th? The Image from so77.netILoveST STR750:  Dave Prochnow

STMicroelectronics I Love ST

  • STR750FV2T6Z ARM7TDMI-S 32-bit microcontroller with 256Kb RAM (Bank 0) in a 100-pin LQFP package featuring 60MHz operation with independent 32.768 kHz clock crystal supplying dedicated clock/calendar function
  • STR711F R2T6 32-bit microcontroller with 64Kb SRAM and USB interface in 64-pin package
  • JTAG (Joint Test Action Group) J-Link-OB for programming ARM cores is onboard with mini-USB connector
  • IAR Embedded Workbench IDE for ARM devices "kick start" version (online product registration is required)
  • 3V lithium battery for stand-alone operation

Also included is a mini-ROM cutoff CD disc featuring information on STMicroelectronics' 8-, 16-, and 32-bit microcontrollers that is perfect for getting stuck inside your optical disk drive or serving as a coaster for a mug of hot chocolate.

Image from so77.netILoveST LED Heart:  Dave ProchnowOne application is supplied with I Love ST. PowerPacDemo activates the "heart" silkscreen on the face of the I Love ST PCB as a touch capacitance control for changing the speed of the LED flashing sequence. Similarly, the adjacent ST logo silkscreen serves as a touch capacitance control for varying the intensity of the flashing LEDs. A great little demo for some mutual, interactive finger touching.

Unfortunately, like so many promises that are broken on February 14th, the folks at IAR still haven't managed to launch a dedicated I Love ST Web site. So don't expect any applications for this demo board to be filling this heart-shaped box anytime soon. In the meantime, see what two touch sensors and 16 LEDs can do for you and your loved one.

Here's a simple, low-cost introduction to 32-bit microcontroller programming:

I Love ST - DigiKey #497-5988-ND; $33.25

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