SEGGER Microcontroller embedded software suite to support Energy Micro’s Cortex-M3 Gecko microcontrollers

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - December 08, 2011

Segger's embedded middleware suite now supports Energy Micro’s range of ultra low energy ARM Cortex-M3 based EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers.

Segger Microcontroller and Energy Micro have announced that Segger’s high-performance embedded middleware suite now supports Energy Micro’s range of ultra low energy ARM Cortex-M3 based EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers.

The software suite from Segger delivers an environment for embedded systems development, offering low memory requirements, minimizing Bill-of-Materials costs and enables reduced power consumption overall. The middleware’s high performance also enables lower clock speed to further reduce system power consumption.

Specific tools from Segger supporting the Energy Micro EFM32 Gecko MCUs include the real-time operating system "embOS" which offers multitasking with minimal resources and true zero interrupt latency; the embedded file system "emFile" which is optimized for minimum RAM memory consumption supporting SD-card, NAND and NOR flash memory with wear levelling; and the efficient "emWin" user interface, an LCD controller-independent graphical user interface (GUI) for applications requiring a graphics display. The high-quality graphical software, which runs with any display or any MCU, delivers flicker-free animation, optimized drawing routines with optional anti-aliasing, and a GUI builder for Window Objects (Widgets).

All Energy Micro development and starter kits are supplied with Segger's J-Link emulation technology, and the latest Leopard and Giant Gecko development kits also include Segger´s advanced J-Trace.

“This is a key alliance for Energy Micro. Segger brings know-how in delivering high-quality and highly efficient embedded software tools that are easy to use, straight from the box,” said Oyvind Grotmol, VP of Simplicity at Energy Micro,

“Energy Micro is yet another important addition to our impressive list of MCU partners. The range of EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers are innovative MCUs, ideal for low-power embedded systems development,” said Dirk Akemann, partnership marketing manager at Segger.

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