Astrobe is supported on a range of development boards using NXP and STMicroelectronics microcontrollers and Xilinx FPGA devices. If you have not already chosen or designed your hardware we recommend starting with one of these boards for the quickest way to get up and running. Most supported boards can be programmed from a Windows PC without any additional hardware.
The only additional hardware that you may need to program, and communicate with, the microcontrollers on some of these boards is a USB to Serial adapter e.g. the SparkFun FT232RL Breakout. This allows you to connect a USB port on your computer to a UART on your development board. Some examples showing how to connect these adapters to boards are in the Development Boards section of the Astrobe forum.
The possible ways to program a particular development board depend on its capabilities:
The Run command on the Astrobe Project menu opens a terminal window on your PC. You can use this window to send and receive text to / from your program on the microcontroller using functions from the Astrobe library modules In and Out. Diagnostic runtime error messages are also displayed in this window. The messages identify the line number and name name of the source code file where the error occurred enabling you to quickly pinpoint the source of the problem.
Supported Microcontroller Families
The startup files, library modules and linker included with Astrobe support the following microcontroller families:Cortex-M3 (NXP)
There is also an entry in the Configuration Target dropdown list and a corresponding configuration file for the LPC2294 to allow valid LPC2294 executables to be linked and uploaded. No LPC2294-specific library modules or source code are included. These would need to be developed by the user.
Astrobe is supported on the following development boards:
Astrobe includes library modules which contain many of the register / peripheral definitions for the supported microcontroller families. Refer to the relevant NXP and STMicrocontroller User manuals for full operational details:
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