For less than $10, the STM8-SO8-DISCO 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) Discovery Kit from STMicroelectronics lets users experiment with three 8-bit MCUs
ST Microelectronics has announced a new development kit, the STM8-SO8-DISCO 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) Discovery kit, available for less than $10. The discovery kit includes three STM8 microcontroller variants currently available in the popular 8-pin SO8 package. Not only the kit helps developers to experiment with three microcontrollers, but it also offers no-frills simplicity and features to jump-start the next stage of development, ST said.
Development kit with three-in-one value
The kit has a single button and indicator LED for interacting with the board. It also includes an on-board ST-LINK/V2 to debug and program any of the embedded STM8 microcontrollers or even an external target by means of a SWIM connector.
The STM8-SO8-DISCO is operated by simply plugging it into a PC through a standard USB Type-A to Micro-B cable.
The MCUs are soldered onto individual break-offs that can be separated from the compact main board as pluggable DIL-8 modules ready to start prototyping.
MCUs included in the kit
The supported MCUs are the STM8S001J3M3, STM8L001J3M3, and STM8L050J3M3. ST noted that the STM8S001J3M3 delivers affordable performance with features including advanced 16-bit timers with three comparator outputs, three capture-compare channels, a 10-bit ADC, and an 8-bit timer. The ultra-low-power STM8L001J3M3 consumes just 0.3µA in Halt mode and integrates 8- and 16-bit timers and two comparators. Also leveraging ultra-low-power technology, the STM8L050J3M3 adds a 12-bit ADC and 4-channel DMA controller.
The MCUs all feature an STM8 core running at 16MHz, and 8Kbyte on-chip Flash. System-control features include watchdog and clock control, and popular communication interfaces including UART, SPI, and Fast I2C. With up to six user I/Os, they are ideal for use in industrial sensors, home-automation devices, smart lighting, access cards, battery chargers, or smart printer cartridges.
Pricing & Availability
Competitively priced at just $8.50, the STM8-SO8-DISCO Discovery Kit is available now from st.com or distributors.
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