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$499 Development Kit Includes 32-Bit SBC And Linux OS

For just $499, designers can have Atmel’s “program-and-go” development kit for multimedia, point-of-sale (POS), navigation, small office/home office (SoHo) network gateway/router, and printer applications. The STK1000 kit is centered around the company’s AVR32-based AP7000 family of 32-bit digital signal controllers (DSCs). It comes with all the hardware and software needed to develop fully functional, ready-to-ship applications, including the schematics for pc-board production.

The STK1000 features a production-ready AVR32-based single-board computer (SBC) with Atmel’s AT32AP7000 system-on-a-chip (SoC), a 3.5-in. 320-by-240 TFT-LCD display, audio digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and connectors for VGA, Ethernet USB, CompactFlash, and SD cards. All other system functionality is integrated in the AT32AP7000 controller, which includes a vector multiplication co-processor, 16-bit stereo audio DAC, 2048- by 2048-pixel TFT/STN LCD controller, 480-Mbit/s USB 2.0 with on-chip transceivers (PHY), and two 10/100 Ethernet MACs. In addition, there’s support for most serial interfaces, such as RS232, USART, I2S, AC’97, TWI/I2C, SPI, and PS/2.

STK1000 software includes the Linux operating system (OS); GCC compiler; GNU debugger; all drivers, utilities, editors, and image viewers; and IAR Embedded Workbench for AVR32. Atmel’s existing JTAGICE mkII (available separately) provides emulation. Designers also receive application-ready C/C++ software for Web, FTP, and telnet servers, as well as libraries and utilities for playing video and sound and displaying images.

The AT32AP7000 memory and DMA include 32 kbytes of on-chip SRAM, 16-kbyte instruction and data caches, a memory management unit, DMA for high-speed peripherals, and Atmel’s Peripheral DMA Controller (PDC). High-bandwidth data transfers, such as those required for video, networking, and encryption, are becoming increasingly common and can monopolize the resources of any processor. Atmel’s PDC manages data transfers between peripherals, co-processors, and memories independently of the CPU.

The STK1000 development kit is available now for $499. The JTAGICE mkII emulator is sold separately for $299.

Atmel Corp.

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