The STM32 Primer2 builds on a successful concept introduced by Raisonance for the launch of STMicroelectronics’ first ARM Cortex-M3 core-based devices, the STM3210xB. Faced with the challenge of getting engineers to just try these powerful new 32-bit devices, the Primer sought to do this by reducing or removing the typical barriers to technology adoption: learning to use the device, cost of tools, and motivation.
Primers attack these problems by providing fun features that engineers want to see in their own applications, a complete but affordable hardware software toolset, a community of users to help each other along. Primer2 provides access to a range of typical peripherals (USB, USART, SPI, I2C, CAN, …) but also implement some remarkable and fun hardware features to include a touchscreen, high-quality audio, SDcard, and user controls based on a MEMS accelerometer. The platform is also a complete application development tool with an operating system – CircleOS, an integrated programming/debugging interface, a C compiler and an integrated development environment for less than $100.
But it is the community, www.stm32circle.com that has boosted the Primer from a fun and cost-effective tool, to a promotional phenomenon. With the code resources and the assistance of Raisonance engineers and fellow users shared through the site forums, users have discovered support, motivation and identity as Primer and STM32 users. Now more than 11,000 users strong, “the circle” has grown to be one of the most important and active support resources on the web for STM32 and ARM-Cortex-M3.
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Raisonance is a leading manufacturer and supplier of development and validation tools, serving customers that include leading component manufacturers and professional engineers around the world since 1988. With extensive technical expertise in both hardware and software design, Raisonance offers innovative, high quality, cost effective tools for microcontroller application development and smart card system validation. Working with industry leaders, Raisonance has developed compiler toolsets, integrated development environment, hardware starter kits and industry leading Primer promotional tools serving application development ona wide range of devices from * to 32-bits. Supported core technologies include industry standard 8061, ARM and PowerPC, as well as proprietary architectures.
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