STMicroelectronics has begun volume production of its 32-bit STM32 F0 microcontroller series launched in February 2012 to bridge the gap to high end features in 8 and 16 bit applications.
With a dedicated Discovery Kit also available, and leveraging the extensive STM32 development ecosystem, engineers now have everything they need to use ST’s new microcontrollers featuring the ARM Cortex-M0 processor in cost sensitive consumer and industrial products.
“Now entering production, perfectly on schedule, our STM32 F0 series has achieved an important milestone, enabling ST customers to lead development of competitively priced, low-power end products delivering enhanced performance and value,” said Michel Buffa, general manager, ST Microcontroller Division.
Developers can purchase the STM32F0 Discovery Kit to start new projects based on STM32 F0 devices. The kit contains a prototype microcontroller board featuring pushbuttons and indicator LEDs, which plugs directly into a PC’s USB port and is supported by demonstration code and sample firmware. The kit is compatible with STM32 software development environments from leading third party vendors Atollic, IAR, Keil, and TASKING.
STM32 F0 microcontrollers take advantage of the modern ARM Cortex-M0 32 bit embedded processor architecture, enabling product developers to break traditional price and performance limitations imposed by older, proprietary 8 bit and 16 bit devices. Pin compatibility, in addition to software, peripherals and development tools compatibility across more than 300 device variants now available in all STM32 Cortex-M0, Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M4 series enhances flexibility and scalability, and can help reduce development costs and time to market for new products. In addition, the STM32 F0 series integrates high-value features not found in Cortex-M0 microcontrollers from competing suppliers.