Universal development board facilitates choice of MCU and peripherals

07-06-2022 | Mikroelektronika | Development Boards

MikroElektronika has released UNI-DS v8, a universal development board perfect for rapid prototyping, including everything engineers may require for their new project. It is equipped with features and global standard interfaces that enable complex tasks to be created quickly, efficiently and elegantly.

The board includes a SiBRAIN socket that allows designers to try out different MCUs in a prototype system without investing in other expensive hardware or learning new tools. SiBRAIN is the open standard for sockets and add-on boards and supports 3300+ different microcontrollers from various families, including STM32, Kinetis, TIVA, CEC, MSP, PIC, dsPIC, PIC32, and AVR. 100+ SiBRAIN add-on boards are currently offered in the company's online store.

It offers five mikroBUS sockets, where users can place any of the 1200+ different Click boards. These add-on boards save developers time, removing the need for testing and troubleshooting, which is often associated with the prototyping phase. They cover mixed-signal, wireless connectivity, storage, interface, displays, HMI, adapter, clock and timing, motor control, power management, and audio and voice. New Click boards are added nearly every day, and the function combinations that are possible are almost limitless.

Uniquely, it combines CODEGRIP, the first-ever programmer and debugger over Wi-Fi. This means that designers may place a development board nearly anywhere, including difficult-to-access sites such as agricultural settings, hazardous environments, and high-rise buildings, while still retaining full debugging and programming access. CODEGRIP supports more than 3300+ microcontrollers from various vendors, and free updates are offered as new microcontrollers and vendors are added.

Comments Nebojsa Matic, CEO at MIKROE: "We were then the first company to make a universal development board back in 2002. Now it is very powerful with universal display and touchscreen interfaces and a high-quality power supply, as well as the flexibility of MCU and peripheral choice afforded by SiBRAIN and Click. But the ability to remote program and debug over Wi-Fi (USB connection is also possible) plus the integration with NECTO Studio, the world's first MCU vendor-independent IDE, means that prototyping has never been easier, no matter where you are or what level of resource you have."

By Natasha Shek