Free sample program launched for energy-friendly microcontrollers

Energy Micro’s latest initiative gives designers around the world quick and easy access to free samples of its EFM32 Gecko series microcontrollers (MCUs).

Part of the company’s focus on simplicity, the sample program is aimed at designers wanting to test the latest and most energy efficient MCU technology. In addition to the free Simplicity Studio developers’ suite, engineers wishing to order their free samples simply need to visit The samples are available to qualified individuals worldwide, with no additional charges for shipment, and with a lead time of just a few days.

Energy Micro’s processors are aimed at energy sensitive applications such as smart metering, building automation, security systems, portable health and fitness equipment and smart accessories. Devices in the EFM32 Gecko range consume as little as 150µA/MHz in active mode and feature numerous energy-efficient peripherals, including an on-chip LCD controller, USB interface and a low power yet autonomous sensor monitoring system named LESENSE. The low energy LESENSE interface can be used even in deep sleep modes, requiring as little as 1µA to enable intelligent and conditional wake up of the MCU.

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