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Flexible MCU kit provides high capacity, low-cost solutions

Posted: 03 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MCU? starter kit? FPGA? USB?

AT91CAP7X-STK Starter Kit

Atmel Corp. has launched its AT91CAP7X-STK Starter Kit for evaluating its ARM7-based CAP family of customizable MCUs. The starter kit, capable of hastening migration of ARM7-plus-FPGA designs to single chip solutions, carries Atmel's ARM7-based AT91CAP7S MCU, an Altera Cyclone II FPGA. The company said its single-chip solution offers 30 percent lower unit cost, 8x performance, and 70 percent less active power use compared to ARM-plus-FPGA solutions.

Board peripherals have a 2.8-inch TFT LCD panel, joystick, 64Mbyte of SDRAM, 10bit ADC, 256Mbyte of NAND flash and a 4Mbyte DataFlash. External interfaces include USB full-speed device, four analog inputs, external bus interface, USART, SPI, and debug UART. The board also supports sensing applications with light and temperature sensors and potentiometers.

The CAP7 kit helps designers to examine a custom design without incurring any NRE charges or spending thousands of dollars for a full development board. For final development work, Atmel offers the AT91CAP7-DK. This allows designers to take full advantage of the CAP7's multilayer high-speed bus and peripheral DMA.

- Seth Benton
DSP DesignLine

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