STMicroelectronics introduces second generation of handheld prototyping tool

The STM Primer2 kit features an ergonomic design, GUI and built-in software framework

STMicroelectronics’ new prototyping tool, the STM32 Primer2 kit, builds on the original STM32 Primer with new features that include an extension connector to ST’s series of self-contained handheld platforms for embedded design. By supplying a fast introduction to the STM32 and tools that streamline programming and debugging, the Primer lets engineers move quickly from concept to high-quality prototype — instead of a conventional engineering development board — with minimal launch investment.

Cell phone-sized, the new kit comes with:

  • 128 x 160-pixel color touch screen
  • Joystick/push button
  • Built-in USB port
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Li-Ion battery with extended life features
  • Extension connector and preloaded sample applications,
  • Accelerometer and infrared transmitter/receiver for quickly adding extra capabilities and functions to applications
  • Built-in software framework, open-source CircleOS, that unifies and simplifies management

The STM32 Primer2 enables product developers with different skill levels to quickly use ST’s 32-bit STM32 microcontroller in new designs. Primer2 devices can be configured with 16KB to 512KB of flash memory, and all models are pin-compatible for maximum flexibility and easier design upgrades. In addition, ST's dedicated STM32 Web site offers developers technical resources, design-sharing opportunities and discussion forums with the site's 6000 registered users.