The specialist high technology distributor, MSC Gleichmann, has announced that it is now providing full support for Atmel’s new SAM D20 microcontroller with immediate availability of both devices and evaluation kits. The SAM D20 embedded Flash microcontroller family leverages Atmel’s experience in AVR- and ARM-based products by combining proven peripheral technology with an ARM Cortex-M0+ processor core to provide a differentiated solution for industrial, automation and smart-metering applications.
The microcontroller integrates intelligent peripherals with Atmel’s patented Peripheral Event System (PES) to offer designers the features they need to develop the products that best meet the requirements of their end-customers. As well as popular peripherals such as a high precision 12-bit ADC, various internal oscillators and up to eight 16-bit timer/counters, the new devices also include serial communication (SERCOM) modules that can be flexibly configured as USART, UART, SPI or I2C interfaces before or during use. Additionally, the family supports button, slider and wheel touch capability without the need for external components.
Commenting on Atmel’s approach to the SAM D20, MSC Gleichmann’s business development director, Adrian Elms, said, “Many earlier products based on the ARM Cortex-M0/M0+ core have reused peripherals from higher-end devices. Instead Atmel has evolved its peripherals from traditional 8/16-bit application areas, making this new 32-bit MCU family a much better fit in these applications.”
There are 14 devices in the SAM D20 family, available in 32-, 48- and 64-pin package options with 16 to 256KB of Flash memory. The series is supported by the latest version of Atmel Studio and Atmel Software Framework, the free integrated development platform (IDP) for developing and debugging Atmel ARM Cortex-M and Atmel AVR microcontroller-based applications. The SAM D20 Xplained PRO evaluation kit is available to help accelerate an engineer’s design, and features a 64-pin, 256KB SAM D20 device along with a programmer/debugger and hardware to evaluate both the processor and the peripherals.