GENEVA, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the upcoming embedded world trade show in Nuremberg, STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a world leader in microcontrollers, will give away 7000 quick-start development boards for fast evaluation and low-risk prototyping with ST's popular 8-bit (STM8) and 32-bit (STM32) microcontroller devices.
The 'Discovery Kits' form an integral part of ST's microcontroller tool strategy, enabling the easiest possible design starts. Straightforward to set up and use by plugging into a PC, these USB-powered boards integrate a microcontroller and an ST-Link debugger, complemented with free programming and compiling software from ST and third parties.
On-board hardware extensions provide easy connection to other boards or devices for deeper testing of the microcontroller peripherals. All kits contain LEDs and push buttons and enable access to all device pins through an extension header.
Today, Discovery Kits are available for ST's: standard 8-bit (STM8S), the STM8S-Discovery; ultra-low-power 8-bit (STM8L), the STM8L-Discovery; as well as the standard 32-bit (STM32) microcontroller series, the STM32VL-Discovery. At the embedded world 2011, a new Discovery Kit will be introduced for ST's 32-bit ultra-low-power family, the STM32L, and it will be available in April 2011.
Normally priced below euro 10, Discovery Kits have become hugely popular with the embedded design community as the perfect tool for discovering the possibilities of ST's microcontrollers, with some 100,000 units shipped to date.
'embedded world 2011' Discovery Kit vouchers are available(1) upon registration at www.st.com/internet/com/events/ew2011regform.jsp and the free kits can be claimed on ST's booth (Hall 12/330) at the Nuremberg, Germany, Trade Fair Center on March 1-3, 2011.
STMicroelectronics is a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions. ST aims to be the undisputed leader in multimedia convergence and power applications leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. In 2010, the Company's net revenues were $10.35 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.
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