Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the TMS320C2000 Piccolo microcontroller (MCU) DC/DC LED Developer’s Kit. The Piccolo microcontroller kit helps developers add dimming, color tone adjustment, power line communication, and fault detection features to LED designs. The TI LED developer kit includes all of the open source hardware and software needed to jumpstart design of energy-efficient LED electronics, including backlighting, street lighting and building automation lighting. The TMS320C2000 Piccolo MCU DC/DC LED Developer’s Kit (part number: TMDSDCDCLEDKIT) is now available and priced at $379.
congatec introduced a starter kit for APIX technology. The APIX Design Kit consists of a PCI Express add-on card, the appropriate operating system drivers, and a remote display unit with integrated touch-screen. The image data, the coordinates from the touch-screen and the power supply are all transmitted using a normal Ethernet cable with RJ45 connectors. If high quality cables are used, distances of up to 40 meters or more can be covered.
SYSGO announced board support package for the Freescale i.MX25 Platform Development Kit. The SYSGO’s board support package features multimedia, high speed, low power consumption, and the ELinOS professional grade Linux for the rapid development of demanding high reliability applications. ELinOS 5.0 with support for the Freescale i.MX25 processors is available now. ELinOS 5.0 is available for Linux and Windows hosted platforms.
The Analog Devices BF518F FMC Development Kit is a VITA57 compatible development platform. The BF518F FMC Development Kit features the Analog Devices Blackfin BF518F processor and runs the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework operating system. The Analog Devices BF518F FMC Development Kit is available from Avnet for $349 – or $499 with the add-on debug agent board. Orders can be placed now with shipments beginning in early 2010. The kit is ideal for use in embedded industrial automation applications where low power and convergent processing are essential.
Atmel launched the Xplain evaluation kit for their AVR XMEGA microcontroller family. The kit helps engineers evaluate features and system performance of Atmel’s XMEGA at a minimum hardware cost. The kit is powered through a mini USB connector where end-users can develop their own applications on XMEGA using Xplain. The Xplain evaluation kit for the AVR XMEGA microcontroller family has a suggested resale price of $29 (USD).