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500MIPS multicore development board offered for $14.99

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 2:31pm

XMOS announced startKIT, an ultra-low-cost development platform that opens up the configurable xCORE multicore microcontroller technology to the widest possible community of users.  As part of the product launch XMOS is offering 2,500 startKITs free of charge to engineers who register and qualify on its website at www.xmos.com/startkit

startKIT allows engineers to quickly evaluate xCORE multicore microcontrollers, an innovative family of devices that can be software-configured with a wide variety of peripherals and interface blocks.  startKIT is equipped with header connections that allow it to interface to Raspberry Pi products, making it an ideal real-time I/O solution for Raspberry Pi projects.

The company’s free-to-use xTIMEcomposer design tools allow developers to quickly and easily program the right interface configuration, and write application code using C / C++, all in a single programming environment.  xTIMEcomposer provides a full graphical development environment, including compiler, debugger, a static timing analyzer and a software-based logic analysis tool.

Measuring just 94 x 50mm in size, startKIT is based around the XS1-A8-64-DEV, a 500MIPS xCORE-Analog multicore microcontroller with eight 32bit logical processing cores.  In addition to the xCORE multicore microcontroller itself, startKIT includes an array of LEDs, a push-button switch, two capacitive sense sliders, and a sliceCARD connector that is compatible with the wide range of I/O slices available from XMOS.  The board is also equipped with header connections that allow it to be easily connected to a breadboard system.

startKIT is supplied with a wide range of example code to help new users get started. These include a software-defined Ethernet interface and web server application, and basic driver software for the LEDs and push-button. Users can also access a wide variety of xCORE code via the XCore Exchange, a thriving community of xCORE users centered at www.xcore.com.

The on-board XS1-A8-64-DEV xCORE multicore microcontroller includes an on-chip debug capability that allows comprehensive real-time in-circuit analysis of the complete design. This allows developers to see what is happening at the device interfaces and in their code in real-time, while their system is running and without affecting the performance.  The startKIT analog interfaces can also be monitored alongside the digital signals: for example users can monitor the capacitive touch sensors to see the signals in real-time.

startKIT will be available in early December 2013, priced $14.99 from XMOS distributors.

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