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:
- NXP and STM mbed-enabled boards:
Connect the board to your PC via a USB port and it will appear as a removable drive. Select the Upload USB Drive command from the Astrobe Run menu.
- RISC5 FPGA and NXP (not mbed-enabled) boards :
Connect the board to your PC via an RS232 or USB serial port. Select the Upload UART command from the Astrobe Run menu.
- Unsupported boards:
Astrobe creates BIN and standard HEX format files. These can be used with 3rd-party upload tools e.g. FlashMagic and ST-Link.
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:
- LPC1313 / LPC1343
- LPC1315 / 1316 / 1317 / 1345 / 1346 / LPC1347
- LPC1751 / 1752 / 1754 / 1756 / 1758 / 1759 / 1763 / 1764 / 1765 / 1766 / 1767 / 1768 / LPC1769
- LPC1774 / 1776 / 1777 / 1778 / 1785 / 1786 / 1787 / LPC1788
- LPC4076 / LPC4078 / LPC4088
Astrobe v7.0 is supported on the following development boards:
Company Cortex-M3 Boards Approx.
ARM LPC1768 mbed board $US 49 ARM mbed Application Board $US 60 Coridium Corp LPC1756 SuperPRO $US 49 Embedded Artists LPC1769 LPCXpresso Board EUR 20 EzSBC LPC1347 EzSBC2 board $US 18 Olimex LPC-P1343 Prototype Board EUR 13 Olimex LPC-1766STK Prototype Board EUR 76 STMicroelectronics Nucleo-L152RE $US 13 STMicroelectronics Nucleo-F207ZG $US 23 Cortex-M4 Boards Embedded Artists
LPC4088 Quickstart Board EUR 59 STMicroelectronics Nucleo-F303RE $US 11 STMicroelectronics Nucleo-F303ZE $US 19 STMicroelectronics Nucleo-F334R8 $US 11 STMicroelectronics Nucleo-F429ZI $US 23 STMicroelectronics Nucleo-L432KC $US 11 Cortex-M7 Boards STMicroelectronics
Nucleo-F746ZG $US 23 STMicroelectronics Nucleo-F767ZI $US 23 Company RISC5 FPGA Boards Digilent Arty A7-35T $US 129 Digilent Arty A7-100T $US 249 Digilent Arty S7-25 $US 99 Digilent Arty S7-50 $US 129 Digilent Cmod A7-35T $US 89 Digilent Cmod S7-25 $US 69
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:
- UM10375 LPC1311/13/42/43 User manual
- UM10524 LPC1315/16/17/45/46/47 User manual
- UM10360 LPC176x/5x User manual
- UM10470 LPC178x/7x User manual
- UM10562 LPC408x/407x User manual