A New Child On The Mini ARM Block

The breadboard microcontroller experimenter has a number of platforms to work with that may be had within the acquainted DIP format. Outdated-school individuals can nonetheless discover basic Eight-bit platforms, the Ardunisti have their ATMegas, and PIC lovers have a pile of chips to select from. However ARM experimenters? Out of luck, as a result of as we’ve beforehand reported, standard previous gadgets such because the LPC810 in a DIP8 package deal at the moment are out of manufacturing.

Information comes from China although of a tiny ARM Cortex M0 for pennies that might not be in a DIP8, however is in virtually the following smartest thing. The Synwit SWM050 may be had in a TSOP8, which although it’s not fairly as pleasant as its bigger SOIC8 cousin, remains to be simply solderable onto a DIP8 adaptor for breadboard use. Spec-wise it’s 5 V tolerant, has an Eight kB FLASH and 1 kB of RAM, 6 GPIOs, and might clock away at a not incosequential 36 MHz.

We now have [Sjaak] to thank for the invention of this machine, and for doing a whole lot of work together with getting some die pictures taken to dig up and make sense of the Chinese language documentation, and to offer some dev instruments ought to anybody need to play with it.  There’s even a small breakout board for the experimenter unwilling to design their very own.

Earlier this 12 months we marked the passing of the DIP8 version of the LPC810 microcontroller, and for these mourning it we made an necessary level. It’s now regular to make use of one of many huge array of single board computer systems as a substitute of a naked microcontroller, you would possibly want to ask your self why you’d achieve this.

Thanks [Ziew] for the tip.

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