There are some great news for all those that are keen to use the STM32 high performance ARM Cortex-M7 MCUs: STMicroelectronics just introduced several new development boards for the latest members of its STM32F7 microcontroller series which are equipped with up to 2Mbyte of on-chip Flash memory and peripherals that help to create rich user interfaces.
For makers and designers who need flexibility the Nucleo boards have always been the best choice. Among the releases is a new low-cost STM32 Nucleo-144 board featuring the STM32F767 variant. This board integrates the ST-LINK/V2-1 debugger/programmer and it comes with the comprehensive STM32 software Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) library. In addition the Nucleo board offers two types of extension resources with ST Zio connector including support for Arduino™ Uno V3 connectivity as well as ST morpho extension pin header footprints for full access to all STM32 I/Os.
For people who are looking for more sophisticated prototyping and who are working on the realisation of demos and concepts there is also a new Discovery Kit supporting the STM32F769 (32F769IDISCOVERY). This board enables a wide diversity of applications taking benefit from audio, multi-sensor support, graphics, security, video and high-speed connectivity features. In addition it is equipped with a 4″ capacitive touch LCD display with MIPI® DSI connector.
ST will further offer evaluation boards for the STM32F769 (STM32F769I-EVAL) and the STM32F779 (STM32F779I-EVAL) which are well-suited for comprehensive evaluation and professional designs. Both boards come with a 4-inch QWVGA 800×400 MIPI-DSI display featuring a capacitive touchscreen as well as microcontrollers with 2-Mbyte Flash memory and 512+16+4-Kbyte RAM in BGA216 package, camera module and cryptographic accelerator for security-conscious applications.
Independent from the board of choice developers working with the STM32F7 hardware platforms can take advantage of ST’s comprehensive software support like the STM32CubeMX initialisation tool and STM32CubeF7 embedded software package including HAL and middleware components like the FreeRTOS real-time operating system, USB library and lwIP (lightweight IP) open-source TCP/IP stack.
The new STM32F7 products are useful additions for designers looking for development kits with high-performance MCUs. There are additional good news for makers as ST joined forces with Arduino and kicked off the STAR program with the release of the STAR Otto embedding the STM32F469 during Maker Faire in San Mateo recently.
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