Prototyping starter board with debugger accelerates design

Prototyping starter board with debugger accelerates design

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

MikroElektronika (MIKROE), the embedded company that dramatically cuts development time by providing innovative hardware and software products based on proven standards, has unveiled CLICKER 4 the first in the series of MIKROE starter boards with the advanced CODEGRIP programmer/debugger on board.

Clicker boards support development using the company’s Click™ board add-on development boards. Currently, MIKROE offers more add-on Click boards than any other company in the world — and calculates that there are 188, 544, 549, 285 unique combinations that can be made from the 1460 boards available.

Equipped with the popular STM32F4 MCU, Clicker 4 is a perfect product to accelerate prototyping, but it also can be implemented directly into a fully functional, custom design. Key features include: 32-bit Arm® Cortex®-M4 STM32F4 MCU operating at up to 168 MHz; 1MB Flash memory; Floating point unit (FPU); full set of DSP instructions; and a memory protection unit (MPU).

Explains Nebojsa Matic, CEO of MIKROE: “To make the prototyping experience as convenient as possible, Clicker 4 is equipped with an on-board debug unit, the advanced CODEGRIP programmed/debugger from MIKROE, which is compliant with the on-board emulator standard, CMSIS-DAP. This allows designers to fully use, test, and debug the target device right out of the box.”

A JTAG/SWD header for interfacing with external electronics, USB Type-C connectors, six LEDs, six push buttons, and a reset button are also included. Further, Clicker 4 is equipped with five different power supply inputs, offering all the flexibility that development needs, and a reliable and safe battery charging circuit, which allows a single-cell Li-Po/Li-Ion battery to be charged.

Click boards follow mikroBUS™ a modular prototyping add-on board standard invented by MIKROE, enabling design engineers to change peripherals easily, cutting months off development time. Any Click board can be connected to the microcontroller or microprocessor on a main board. Many leading microcontroller companies including Microchip, NXP, Infineon, Dialog, STM, Analog Devices, Renesas and Toshiba now include the mikroBUS socket on their development boards.

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