“We have seen increasing demand from customers for hardware which permits them to explore our software's full potential”, says Alex Gruener, Chief Technology Officer at Segger. “With emPower, we now have a powerful platform to demonstrate the broad range of our products.”
Segger's embOS real-time operating system is at the heart of the evaluation; trial versions of the emFile file system, emWin graphics library, emUSB Host & Device, and embOS/IP TCP/IP stack (including web server demo) enable full use of the available emPower peripherals.
emPower also features a J-Link OB, an on-board version of Segger's J-Link debug probe, which includes drag & drop programming and COM-Port support.
There are three expansion interfaces to connect additional modules. Each connector provides I ²C, SPI, UART, GPIO/timer, analogue input and power. A display adapter connector enables the connection of small TFT displays.
The emPower board is based on a Freescale Kinetis K66 MCU with 256 kB SRAM and 2 MB flash memory. This MCU is built on the ARM Cortex-M4F core and is optimised for applications requiring large memory densities and low-power processing efficiency.
“We are pleased to be a part of this new development platform with our Kinetis K66 MCU and see the integration of Segger tools as a great step forward in seamless prototyping,” says Michael Norman, Microcontroller Software and Tools Technical Marketing Manager at Freescale.
Non-volatile storage capability of the board is provided by means of a 1 Gbit SLC NAND Flash from Macronix; the flash memory has a built-in ECC controller in order to be ECC-free to the MCU.