Geneva, Switzerland and San Mateo, CA --- Moving to enable makers to make even more than before, STMicroelectronics and Arduino announce an agreement that brings the industry-leading STM32 family of microcontrollers (MCU), along with ST’s full portfolio of sensing, power, and connectivity technology, even closer to the Arduino maker community. The first product of the STAR (ST and Arduino) program, the STM32F469-based STAR Otto baseboard, will be demonstrated at the Bay Area Maker Faire, May 20-22 2016. Now, IoT developers and other makers can build high-performance graphics into their smart devices using accessible hardware and software to improve their applications with easy-to-use touch displays and audio for command and control as well as for media-streaming use cases.
STAR Otto presents to the Arduino environment exceptional performance from the 32-bit STM32F469 MCU, which includes ST’s Chrom-ART™ graphics accelerator and MIPI DSI display interface along with an open-source software graphics library. Moreover STAR Otto uniquely provides a pre-integrated wireless link and audio capabilities, enabled by an ST MEMS microphone together with the necessary open-source drivers. This efficient and optimized approach lets makers focus on their value-add and makes integration a breeze while enabling a broad range of Smart Home and Smart Industry applications.
In addition to the STAR Otto microcontroller baseboard, the cooperation aims to deliver a range of Arduino shields that expand the functional possibilities. DSI-display and NFC-reader shields are planned for Q2 2016 and a Sensor shield is scheduled to be available in H2 2016. Moreover, several STM32 Nucleo expansion boards and software libraries, including those for environmental sensors and proximity detection, have already been ported to the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and can seamlessly be used with the new STAR Otto baseboard.