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Evaluation kit rolls out for Oki's ARM-based MCUs

Posted: 03 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Enea? IAR? Oki? AME-51 evaluation kit? ML67Q4050?

Enea and IAR Systems announced they have partnered with Oki Electric to offer a new evaluation platform for Oki Electric's family of ARM-based ML67Q4050 and ML67Q4060 microcontrollers. The new evaluation platform will bundle Enea's OSE Epsilon real-time operating system and IAR Embedded Workbench with Oki's AME-51 evaluation board.

According to the press release, the ML67Q4050/60 is family of compact, low-power, 32bit ARM-based microcontrollers designed for handheld and security applications with tight cost and size constraints. Utilizing Oki Electric's wafer level chip size package (WCSP) technology, the ML67Q4050/60 is touted to be the world's smallest family of ARM microcontrollers. Their small size and versatile power saving modes make these microcontrollers suitable for handheld devices with tight size constraints. ML67Q4050/60 microcontrollers also feature integrated flash, making them suitable for security applications that require storage of sensitive personal information such as identification and billing data.

ML67Q4050/60 microcontrollers operate from a single 2.5V supply and are available in several flash configurations. The ML67Q4060 and ML67Q4050 come with 64Kbytes of built-in flash memory. The ML67Q4061 and ML67Q4051 come with 128Kbytes of built-in flash memory. The ML67Q4050 and ML67Q4051 provide extensions for connecting external memories.

The AME-51 evaluation kit includes an AME-51 evaluation board, a USB J-Link JTAG ICE with cables, and an AME-51 CD with documentation, sample code and a flash programming utility. The kit also comes with an IAR Systems CD featuring a 32Kbyte KickStart version of IAR embedded workbench for ARM, and an Enea CD with the OSE Epsilon RTOS and a board support package for the AME-51.

IAR embedded workbench for ARM offers a fully integrated development environment with a C/C++ compiler and C-SPY debugger for creating projects and editing, compiling, linking and debugging applications targeting Oki microcontrollers.

OSE Epsilon is a fully pre-emptive real-time kernel designed for resource-constrained applications. Occupying as little as 4Kbytes of memory, Epsilon features error handling, a context switching speed of 300ns, and a worst-case interrupt latency of 1s. OSE Epsilon also features a complete networking solution, including TCP/IP, a web server, an embedded file system, and Internet utilities.

"Until now, developers have had to separately evaluate, purchase and integrate their debugger, evaluation board, and RTOS in order to start development," said Mike Skrtic, manager for development kits at IAR Systems. "This has made the start-up and optimization process cumbersome, wasting time and money. Now designers can hit the ground running with a pre-integrated evaluation board, RTOS and IDE, everything designers need to develop and evaluate software for Oki's ARM-based microcontrollers."

"OSE Epsilon's small footprint and hard real-time response make it an excellent platform for hosting ML67Q4050/60-based handheld and security applications with tight cost, size, and performance constraints," said Anders Flodin, director of strategic alliances at Enea. "The AME-51 evaluation board bundled with OSE Epsilon and IAR Embedded Workbench provides an out-of-the-box platform for evaluating and developing optimized software for Oki's world-class microcontrollers."

The AME-51 evaluation kit, bundled with an evaluation version of Enea's OSE Epsilon and a KickStart version of IAR embedded workbench for ARM, will be available in Q3 2006 from Enea, IAR Systems and Oki for a price of $250.

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