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RS Components Now Stocking Starter Kit for the Industry's Most Energy-Friendly MCUs Based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ Core

Silicon Labs' EFM32 Zero Gecko starter kit provides a feature rich platform for evaluation, prototyping and application development for the EFM32 Zero Gecko MCU family

MANILA, Philippines, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has announced availability of Silicon Labs' EFM32? Zero Gecko Starter Kit, an excellent tool for engineers to get familiar with the EFM32? Zero Gecko 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), the industry's most energy-friendly MCUs based on the ARM? Cortex?-M0+ processor.

The EFM32ZG-STK3200 starter kit contains sensors and peripherals demonstrating some of the MCU's many capabilities and can serve as a starting point for application development. The kit features an on-board SEGGER J-Link debugger and an Advanced Energy Monitoring system, allowing engineers to program, debug and perform real-time current profiling of an application without using external tools.

Other features of the starter kit include:

    Backup capacitor for RTC mode
    USB interface for host/device/OTG
    Low energy sensor interface (LESENSE) demo ready
    Light, LC (inductive) and touch sensors
    Free evaluation compiler versions

The Zero Gecko starter kit is supported by the Simplicity Studio software suite, a comprehensive graphical user interface environment for all major computing platforms including Microsoft? Windows?, Linux and Mac/OS X. Available with the kit at no charge, Simplicity Studio provides developers with one-click access to all the information, documentation, energyAware tools, and software and source code libraries needed to quickly develop energy-friendly applications.

Silicon Labs' EFM32 Zero Gecko starter kit is available to order direct from stock at RS Components for same-day dispatch.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP1.24bn.

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