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New standard for development boards

With the SiBRAIN standard it is possible to easily swap MCUs on development boards.
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The Serbian electronics specialist MikroElektronika wants to establish a new standard on the embedded market. With SiBRAIN, it should be possible to change microcontrollers without much effort. This will enable developers to bring their embedded designs to market more quickly.

The new »SiBRAIN« standard from electronics specialist MikroElektronika - best known for its Click boards - supports microcontrollers (MCUs) from Microchip, Texas Instruments, NXP and ST Microelectronics. Other MCUs from various manufacturers are to follow in weekly cycles. With the standard it is possible to exchange and install MCUs on development boards easily and without great effort. The only requirement is that the board is equipped with the SiBRAIN socket. This allows developers to test different MCUs in prototype systems without investing in expensive hardware or learning new tools.

Nebojsa Matic, CEO of MikroElektronika commented: »Becauvse there is no standardization, for every different microcontroller there is a specific set of operating instructions, new tools to learn, new boards and licenses to buy and new processes to adopt. The SiBRAIN card and socket standard is a game-changer, saving months of wasted development time and money and providing enormous design flexibility.«

Each board is equipped with two 168-pin mezzanine connectors (one male, one female) with the usual SiBRAIN socket contact assignment.
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100 Boards in portfolio

SiBRAIN uses the same »plug & play« concept which underpins MIKROE’s Click board product range. Depending on the MCU type, its pin count, and the number of required external components, there are different SiBRAIN add-on boards.  Each board is a self-contained unit, allowing the development system to operate on a logic level, without having to facilitate the specific requirements of many different MCUs. This gives designers a free hand in the choice of MCU, regardless of the pin count or pin compatibility. Most importantly, this approach enables designers to swap SiBRAIN MCU cards easily during the development phase, without any additional hardware.

Each SiBRAIN card is equipped with two high-speed 168-pin mezzanine connectors (one male and one female) with the standard SiBRAIN socket pin-out. Cards can be easily installed on any development board with the SiBRAIN socket, and the design eliminates the possibility of incorrect orientation and placement. Already, MikroElektronika offers more than 100 SiBRAIN boards covering MCUs such as  STM32, PIC32, TIVA, MSP432, Kinetis and many more with new cards added on a weekly basis.

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