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More Hardware! STMicroelectronics launches mbed-enabled family with NUCLEO

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Just today STMicroelectronics (STMicro) announced their new line of STM32 mbed-enabled development boards, the STM32 Nucleo!

This will be a full line covering the STM32 Microcontrollers, and of course the really great thing is ST developers will now have access to mbed’s ecosystem of software, tools, and community!

The Nucleo boards will allow developers to re-use hardware and software IP for multiple projects and create scalability for their STM32 designs, as they are all going to be the same form factor and software platform. This will also offer a wide variety of shields supporting functions such as Bluetooth® LE or Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, audio recording utilizing STMicro’s MEMS microphone capability, proximity sensing, and wireless control.

This is a great line, and we are looking forward to seeing the wider range of prototypes and innovations that come from the addition of the STM32 Nucleo family.

And if you are wondering, the first four boards will be released at Embedded World next week at $10.32 per unit!

Feel free to ask ST questions on the ST team page.

mbed at FOSDEM 2014

In less than three weeks, on the 18th of February, it will be the first "open source birthday" of the mbed SDK.

In preparation to the celebration, we will present mbed at FOSDEM 2014.

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If you are planning to attend the event, you can find us at this stand: AW 4 mbed

Presentations:

We officially announced the open sourcing of the mbed SDK in February 2013:

During this year the mbed SDK project has already started getting momentum:

Exciting new developments are ahead of us for the next year!

Processor to Cloud Prototyping

We'll be doing a webinar tonight with Sprint hosted by TMC. If you miss the live event it should be available afterwards in their archive. Register for the event.



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BLE Development Update

A little while back you may have noticed we started working on a Bluetooth Low Energy API for mbed, and a partnership with Nordic Semiconductor to make it available on a microcontroller with the Bluetooth LE radio built in. It has been developing really well, so we thought we'd share some of the progress with you!

The main goal is to enable Bluetooth LE and create an API that allows you to focus on creating interesting and innovative applications, instead of reading through the core Bluetooth specifications (which we certainly have had to!). We're also building hardware and an HDK to simplify creating the physical devices themselves.

The initial development we have done is based on a two-chip solution. In the labs we use a mbed LPC1768 talking to the nRF51822 development board over UART running Nordics Bluetooth LE Stack (aka SoftDevice). As the API is almost complete, we'll soon move to fully integrating this to a single chip solution, with mbed running natively on the Cortex-M0 in the nRF51822 chip!

An example of how this looks, you can create a common Bluetooth Low Energy service like the Battery Level service or a Beacon using the example programs:

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An example of creating and updating a simple GATT Service using the BLE_API

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There's still a fair amount of design effort involved, but if you're really eager and want to help with development and testing, you can see all the work we are doing under the Bluetooth Low Energy Development Team we've setup, including the hardware we're using and recreate our lab setup. We'd love to hear what you think so far. At this stage while it is all still in development, some familiarity with BLE will be helpful and an understanding that this is not ready for general use, but you should be able to get something working!

And if you are interested in being a tester when this reaches beta on the single-chip hardware, please tell us what you might build!

FRDM-KL46Z Launched at AT&T Developers Summit Hackathon

Come and grab an MBED enabled Multi-Tech / Freescale board and start coding! We’re ready to go at the AT&T Developer Summit 2014 Hackathon

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We’re here live in Las Vegas at the Palms Hotel at the Rain Nightclub ready to help developers get started with the first ever AT&T Carrier Certified ARM MBED board from Multitech Systems, powered by the MBED enabled Freescale FRDM-KL46Z Platform.

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On top of the donuts, bagels, & coffee - the boxes are unpacked, the libraries are live, and we have even created a getting started page on mbed.org specifically for the Hackathon. We have several hundred devices available with a choice of Wifi and Cellular.

What event isn't complete with a logistics scare that would leave you without hardware? Good news is that everything turned up!

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And is looking awesome. That's a lot of hardware!

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The event kicks off with a 4 minute lightning talk about why we're here and what we have for developers to use (phone memory only lasted for 3 minutes). Then the idea pitches start followed by 24 hours of developing.

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Team presentations will be documented on the getting started wiki so check in often if you're interested in seeing what people are building!