element14 has announced the global availability of a new board for evaluating Kinetis KL05Z MCUs (FRDM-KL05Z). Based on a microcontroller built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, the new platform gives design engineers the ability to use the latest 32-bit technology with low energy consumption and high performance at costs comparable to existing 8-bit devices, according to the company. The FRDM-KL05Z development platform is said to use 30 percent less power than Cortex-M0 and delivers extremely low power modes to extend battery life and standby time. Its low-power benefits, accelerometer, touch sensing, and Arduino shield compatibility make this new development platform desirable for professional design engineers and electronics developers alike.
The Freescale Freedom development platform for Kinetis L Series MCUs combines an industry-standard form factor with a rich set of third-party expansion board options. It significantly speeds the development process, making it easier and faster to design applications ranging from small appliances, gaming accessories and portable medical systems to audio systems, smart meters, lighting and power controls.