STMicroelectronics and Arduino have entered a collaboration that brings together the STM32 family of MCUs, along with ST’s full portfolio of sensing, power and connectivity technology, with the Arduino maker community. This team up will allow IoT developers and other makers to integrate 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, the companies noted.

Otto Arduino

STAR Otto presents to the Arduino environment exceptional performance from the 32bit 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 optimised approach lets makers focus on their value-add and makes integration a breeze while enabling various smart home and smart industry applications.

In addition to the STAR Otto MCU 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 2Q16 and a sensor shield is scheduled to be available in 2H16. Moreover, several STM32 Nucleo expansion boards and software libraries, including those for environmental sensors and proximity detection, have been ported to the Arduino integrated development environment (IDE) and can seamlessly be used with the new STAR Otto baseboard.