Freescale® Freedom development platform KL02Z new from Newark element14

Energy efficient 32-bit MCU provides evolution from 8 & 16-bit versions

July 3, 2013Newark element14 will now stock the Freescale Semiconductor Freedom development platform KL02Z evaluation and development tool, designed for the rapid prototyping of microcontroller-based applications.

Featuring the new energy efficient Kinetis™ KL02 ARM® Cortex™-M0+ MCU, the KL02Z Freedom Development Platform offers design engineers 32-bit performance at the cost of traditional 8 & 16-bit MCUs, making it the ideal cost-effective replacement for legacy processors. The platform is available through Newark element14 in North America, Farnell element14 in Europe, and element14 in Asia Pacific.

The Freescale Freedom development platform KL02Zis available for $12.95 and is designed for low-power devices, including portable consumer devices, remote sensing nodes and ingestible healthcare sensing applications. Its flexible design enables a wide variety of design prototypes including those dependent on battery power or energy harvesting.

Features include an easy access MCU I/O, battery-ready low-power operation and a standard-based form factor with expansion board options. The FRDM-KL02Z incorporates OpenSDA, the Freescale open standard embedded serial and debug adapter, which offers multiple options for serial communications, flash programming and run-control debugging.

David Shen, Group CTO at Premier Farnell said, “This is a really positive product development for us as it represents a real evolution in the options available to those developing prototype microcontroller applications. As an energy efficient 32-bit MCU, it’s perfectly poised to take the place of older 8 & 16 bit MCUs in our customers’ kits with its low cost and low power performance.”

John Dixon, Worldwide Business Development Manager for Freescale’s Microcontroller group, added, “It’s great to see the KL02Z being rolled out in the hands of a trusted distributor like Newark element14. With the industry’s smallest and most power efficient 32-bit ARM MCUs, we will be opening up a multitude of new Internet of Things possibilities. This is a product we’re especially excited about seeing enter the marketplace with its incredible access for 8-bit users looking to step up their evaluation processes with Cortex-M 32-bit MCUs.”

About Newark element14

Newark element14 is a high-service distributor of technology products and engineering solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Newark element14 brings together the latest products, services and development software, all connected to an innovative online engineering community where purchasers and engineers can access peers and experts, a wide range of independent technical information and helpful tools. Whether researching a new technology, designing an electronic product, or looking for parts to repair an existing system, Newark element14 is the trusted source to find the answers and parts they need to keep projects on the fast track, right from the start. Newark element14 is the operating business of Premier Farnellplc (LSE:pfl) in North America and Mexico.


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