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New triple-play platform from element14 connects Raspberry Pi, Arduino and 32-bit embedded ARM

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A low cost Embedded Pi board from element14 Pty Ltd provides 3-in-1 design functionality for engineers and developers.

The low cost triple-play Embedded Pi platform launched by element14 bridges the massively popular design worlds of Raspberry Pi, Arduino and 32 bit embedded ARM. 

Part of a strong pipeline of exclusive Raspberry Pi accessories to be launched this year, Embedded Pi is available through Newark element14 and MCM in North America, Farnell element14 in Europe, CPC in the UK and Ireland and element14 in Asia Pacific.

Enabling the Raspberry Pi to interface directly with Arduino shields, the new Embedded Pi board features an STMicroelectronics STM32F103 microcontroller, and is supported with easy-to-use design examples. Additionally, users can download CooCox development tools, a free and easy-to-use ARM development tool environment for Cortex-M MCU.

Raspberry Pi and the STM32 MCU can work independently or in conjunction with each other to control the Arduino shields or other accessories.

  • Embedded Pi works as a hardware connection bridge between Raspberry Pi and Arduino shields
  • Embedded Pi works as a base platform and the STM32 controls the Arduino shields directly
  • Embedded Pi STM32 can control the Arduino shields, and the Raspberry Pi works as the GUI or command line console to send commands/data to and receive data from Embedded Pi
Embedded Pi connects to the GPIO on the Raspberry Pi and is form factor compatible with both 5V and 3.3V Arduino shields, selectable with jumpers. The 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 STM32F103 MCU operates at 72MHz, with 128KB Flash, 20KB RAM, motor control, USB, and CAN.

The eclipse-based CooCox development tools provide users with an easy-to-use development environment for ARM Cortex-M and include an IDE, OS, flash programmer and in-circuit emulation capabilities. 

According to David Shen, CTO of Premier Farnell, the Embedded Pi is a truly flexible hardware and software development platform that makes it quick and easy for developers to bridge between the popular worlds of Raspberry Pi, Arduino and ARM Cortex-M series MCU.

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