Meanwhile, the chip fried during experimentation, halting my progress. I subsequently designed a breakout board for the LPC 210x family of MCUs and assembled the first set of parts onto one of the boards to try it out.
Downloading a hex file to blink an LED was successful!
I've also successfully programmed the UART and sent "Hello World" over serial. Cool!
- Compact 36-DIP package for breadboard prototyping
- Uses standard FTDI 6-pin header for bootloader programming and serial debug
- Program switch makes it easy to flash new programs via bootloader
- 800mA 3.3V onboard regulator to power MCU and attached circuits
- Onboard 1.8V regulator reduces power complexity for the experimenter
- Three supply options: FTDI, VIN pin, or external 3.3V supply
- Reset switch
- Debug jumper
- Pin 0.14 is exposed for automatic program mode with RTS
The board's Open Source Hardware so here are the Eagle files, Gerbers, etc.:
This new development platform and the switch to an LPC2103 made it easier to get sample programs working.
The ARM7 is a bit tricky to get started with because one must include startup code in assembly with the chip to set up the stack and other configurations.
One must also set up a memory map within the IDE. More details to follow in Part 2, coming soon.
Eventually, I will undertake a similar road test for a Texas Instruments ARM processor, also sent by Newark for road testing. Stay tuned!
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