Unboxing the EFM32 Gecko Starter Kit

by Noel on November 25, 2011

So I got my package from EnergyMicro.com. They’ve sent me an EFM32 Gecko Starter Kit.

Honestly, I never heard this one before. I’m aware of ARM processors from Texas Instruments, ST, and a few others. But now I get to play with their Gecko Starter Kit. For those of you who haven’t heard of energy micro, they are providers of energy efficient ARM Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M0. They position themselves as “The world’s most energy friendly microcontrollers and radios”.

Here’s the specs of their Gecko Processor

  • 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 running up to 32 MHz
    • 1.25 DMIPS/MHz
    • Superior Math Capability
    • Memory Protection Unit (MPU)
  • Single 1.8 to 3.8 volt power supply
  • -40° to 85°C operation range
  • Up to 128 KB Flash and 16 KB RAM memory
  • Up to 90 GPIO with 20 mA drive strength
  • 16 External Interrupts
  • External Bus Interface (EBI)
  • Direct memory accessController (DMA)
  • Peripheral Reflex System for autonomous operation
  • Hardware AES with 128/256-bit encryption and decryption
  • Integrated high and low frequency oscillators
  • USARTs with UART and SPI modes up 16 Mbit/s
  • Low Energy UART with 100 nA receive mode
  • 16-bit Timer/Counters with Compare/Capture
  • Low Energy TIMER with optional pulse outputs
  • Flexible 24-bit Real Time Counter
  • Pulse Counter
  • Configurable LCD Controller driving up to 4×40 segments
  • 12-bit ADC, 1 Msamples/s, 8 channels
  • 12-bit DAC, 500 ksamples/s, 2 channels
  • Analog Comparators with 8 input mux and capacitive sensing capability
  • On-chip Power-on Reset and Brown-out Detector


EFM32 Gecko Starter Kit Video


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