- Luminary Micro, Inc.
- 2499 South Capital of Texas Highway
- 78746 Texas
- Jean Anne Booth
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Luminary Micro Announces DesignStellaris2006 Design Contest With $10,000 in Prizes
Circuit Cellar Magazine and Keil Join as Sponsors of First Design Contest Utilizing ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontrollers
Top embedded engineers worldwide can vie for the chance to compete with each other for more than US $10,000 in cash prizes using any microcontroller in Luminary Micro's Stellaris family of ARM Cortex-M3 processor-based controllers with the ARM RealView® Microcontroller Development Kit (MDK-ARM). To enable designers to quickly develop applications for the contest, Luminary Micro and Keil have developed the Stellaris LM3S811 Evaluation Kit with MDK-ARM evaluation software (ordering part number EKK-LM3S811). The evaluation kits are available for use through VirtuaLabs "try before you buy" technology (www.luminarymicro.com/home/try_before_you_buy.html). The kits will also be made available FREE to each entrant, while supplies last.
Contest winners will be announced at the Embedded Systems Show Silicon Valley, April 3-5, 2007. Complete details of the contest can be found at www.LuminaryMicro.com/DesignStellaris2006.
"We're excited about this opportunity to showcase the versatility of the Stellaris family of microcontrollers, as well as the ARM Cortex-M3 processor," said Luminary Micro Chief Marketing Officer Jean Anne Booth. "Since the introduction of Stellaris' 32-bit performance at 8/16-bit cost in March, we have been emphasizing that Stellaris is the performance product for serious microcontroller applications. We are impressed by the applications that our customers are designing with Stellaris microcontrollers, but now the rest of the world can see public innovation occur in real designs by top designers.
"Circuit Cellar has long been predicting a move toward 'More Bits, Less Bucks,' so they were a natural partner for this contest," Booth continued. "With the ARM architecture and development support, the Stellaris family provides the entry into the industry's strongest ecosystem, with code compatibility ranging from $1.00 to 1 GHz."
Luminary Micro, a member of the ARM Connected Community, was a lead Partner in the development of the Cortex-M3 processor, and has the only silicon implementation of the Cortex-M3 processor available on the open market today. The Stellaris family of microcontrollers currently contains 19 feature-rich microcontrollers, supported by cost-effective development kits and low-cost evaluation kits. The kits include evaluation copies of the popular ARM RealView development tools along with documentation; the Stellaris peripheral driver library that provides an easy programming interface to Stellaris peripherals; and example code, all packaged in an easy-to-use format that has engineers up and running in 10 minutes or less.
"Certainly Luminary Micro caught worldwide attention in March with its announcement of 32-bit MCUs for $1.00, as well as being the first to market with the Cortex-M3 processor," said Steve Ciarcia, Editorial Director and Circuit Cellar founder. "The Cortex-M3 processor's fast interrupt response and other embedded-friendly features, as well as the Thumb®-2 instruction set with 16- and 32-bit instructions, should appeal to embedded designers. This design contest offers them a chance to take it out for a spin themselves, and for us to see some creative results."
Embedded system developers prefer the ARM architecture. With an ARM processor-based embedded market that is currently shipping at a rate of greater than 2.3 billion processors per year, the ARM ecosystem of silicon, tools, software, hardware, systems, and support is the largest in the world.
According to Wayne Lyons, director of Embedded Solutions, ARM, DesignStellaris2006 offers a prime opportunity to showcase Stellaris microcontrollers and the exceptional features of the Cortex-M3 processor.
"As the world's first silicon implementation of the Cortex-M3 processor, it is fitting that Luminary Micro's Stellaris family of microcontrollers are featured in a design contest with two such complimentary partners as Circuit Cellar and Keil software," said Lyons. "This is an opportunity for designers all over the world to experience the multiple benefits of the Cortex-M3 processor for microcontroller applications. We are looking forward to the results and seeing inspiring design executions featuring Stellaris microcontrollers."
Developed specifically for microcontroller applications, Luminary Micro's implementation of the Cortex-M3 processor in the Stellaris family offers the following features:
* Always single cycle flash accesses for maximal performance
* Deterministic, fast interrupt processing - never more than 12 cycles, only 6 cycles with tail-chaining
* Entire software code base is written in C/C++ - no assembly language required, even in startup code and interrupt service handlers, making the devices easy to program
* Occupies as little as half the flash code size of ARM7(tm) family-based MCU applications
* Real embedded MCU GPIOs - all can generate interrupts, all have programmable drive strength and slew rate control
* No functional pin multiplexing - pins are dedicated to one peripheral, backed by GPIO, and simultaneous use of on-chip peripherals is not limited by pin sharing, so engineers are no longer forced to choose between on-chip peripherals
* Superior integration with an on-chip low dropout voltage regulator, on-chip power-on-reset and brown-out-reset functions, and an on-chip temperature sensor, which together save up to $1.28 in system cost
* Advanced motion control support in hardware and software
* Single cycle multiply, two cycle multiply-accumulate, and hardware divide instructions - for better performance in control applications
The Stellaris LM3S811 Evaluation Kit used for DesignStellaris2006 is both an evaluation platform for the Stellaris LM3S811 and a serial in-circuit debug interface for any Stellaris microcontroller-based target board, spanning the design spectrum from evaluation to prototyping to application-specific design. The kit also includes an evaluation copy of the ARM RealView Microcontroller Development Kit software tools on a CD packed with datasheets, schematics, applications notes, and programming examples. The board is powered over USB (cable included), and also contains silk-screened through-hole-mount pin headers that can be user populated with pin stake headers for use in hardware prototyping. Utilizing a standard 20-pin ARM JTAG debug cable (also included), the Stellaris LM3S811 Evaluation Kit can be used as a serial in-circuit debug interface for the user's application-specific target board.
"While 32-bit processing combines cost efficiency and performance, it traditionally also brings unwanted complexity to the design process. The combination of the Stellaris microcontroller and the Keil® toolchain removes the complexity and provides a great 'out of the box' experience," said Reinhard Keil, director of MCU Tools, ARM. "We hope that participants of this contest will benefit from the simplicity of the development environment to create some truly innovative designs."
The RealView Microcontroller Development Kit is distributed by Keil through the global channel listed at www.keil.com/distis/. Stellaris microcontroller development and evaluation kits, including the EKK-LM3S811 Evaluation Kit, are available through Luminary Micro's global sales channel listed at www.luminarymicro.com/sales.
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