STMicroelectronics adds graphical configurator to boost design with STM8 microcontrollers

Starting new designs with STMicroelectronics’ 8bit STM8 microcontroller series, is now easier and faster, says the company, as it introduces the STM8CubeMX graphical configurator.

STM8CubeMX supports the portfolio of mainstream, low-power, and automotive 8bit STM8 microcontrollers. The tool is available free-of-charge, to help designers select the optimum 8bit microcontroller from the STM8 family to meet the application’s requirements.

Designers can also jump-start development on STM8 boards from the STMicroelectronics portfolio by pre-configuring the tool in the same way the MCU is implemented on the chosen board. STM8CubeMX provides graphical tools that help complete basic configuration of the chosen device. These include a pin-out configurator, with automatic conflict resolution, a clock-tree configurator with dynamic validation, and a power sequencer and consumption estimator. A configuration report is generated on completion; it shows how the designer’s requirements have been met.

STM8 MCUs serve applications ranging from small IoT devices and smart sensors to performance-focused automotive controllers, as well as a number of mass-market electronics products. There are over 125 variants ranging from low power MCUs, the STM8L, AEC-Q100 qualified MCUs, the STM8AF and STM8AL models, to mainstream STM8S Value, Access, and Performance lines. Claimed to offer the best price-to-performance choice, while helping to meet tight power and size constraints, STM8 microcontrollers combine core performance up to 20MIPS/24MHz with up to 128kbyte flash and 6kbyte RAM, peripherals including ADCs, DACs, comparators, timers, LCD drivers, direct memory access (DMA), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption and digital interfaces, market-specific functions such as local interconnect network/controlled area network (LIN/CAN) in automotive devices, and package choices from 20 to 80 pins.

The STM8CubeMX PC-based application is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS platforms.

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