MEET THE PX-HERO, AN ARM CORTEX-M0+ BASED DEVELOPMENT BOARD FOR EMBEDDED SYSTEMS EDUCATION

Piconomix, the South-Africa based Embedded systems development company, has launched a campaign on Crowdsupply for a new board called; PX-Hero.

The PX-Her0 is a low-power ARM Cortex MO+ based development board that was developed for use in embedded education applications. The board comes with an ecosystem of tools including an open-source C library, and detailed documentation that is designed to serve as a hands-on guide to help users learn embedded system development at their own pace.

The board is based on the  STM32L072RB ultra-low-power, ARM Cortex-M0+ microcontroller with 128kb of FLASH and 4Mbit of serial flash memory using the Adesto AT25SF041 chip, in addition to a spring-loaded microSD card slot which can be used for storage. Showing clear considerations of the need of most beginners, the board comes with a Low-power 128 x 64 monochrome graphic LCD which could be used in teaching how to display data on LCDs, and a LiPo battery charger which makes prototyping battery-based projects easy.

Some specifications and features of the board are provided below:

  • Microcontroller: STM32L072RB ultra-low-power ARM Cortex-M0+
    • 128k FLASH
    • 20k SRAM
    • 6k EEPROM
  • Memory: Adesto AT25SF041 4 Mbit serial flash memory
  • Storage: Spring-loaded push-push MicroSD card slot
  • Serial communication: Rock-solid FTDI FT230XS USB-serial bridge
  • Rich user interface:
    • Low-power 128 x 64 monochrome graphic LCD with LED backlight
    • User LED and battery charger LED
    • Piezo buzzer
    • 6 LARGE finger-friendly user buttons
    • Reset button
  • Peripheral connectors:
    • PWR (+3.6 V to +5 V power bus)
    • ADC x 4
    • DAC x 1
    • GPIO x 8 / PWM x 4
    • UART x 2
    • I²C x 3 (single I²C bus)
    • SPI x 1
  • Power:
    • Li-Po battery charger
    • A zero-burden voltage monitoring circuit
    • Efficient power-path management
    • True power on/off circuit
    • 95% efficient TI LM3670 step-down DC-DC regulator
  • Dimensions:
    • Board: 100 x 80 mm (3.94 x 3.15″)
    • Display active pixel area: 48.6 x 24.9 mm (1.91 x 0.98″) / 54.6 mm (2.15″) diagonal

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