element14 presents the latest Freescale Freedom development hardware

Freescale's new 32-bit ARM(r) Cortex(tm)-M0+ processor-based platform for Kinetis(r) KL05Z MCUs deliversthe most energy efficiency and performance at the lowest overall cost

Following the successful launch of the first Freescale Semiconductor Freedom development hardware for the Kinetis family last year, element14 is pleased to announce the globalavailability of a new board for evaluating Kinetis® KL05Z MCUs (FRDM-KL05Z). The new platform is available to North American customers at Newark element14’s Dev Kit HQ.

Based on the industry’s first microcontrollers built on the ARM® Cortex™-M0+ processor, the new platform gives design engineers the ability to use the latest 32-bit technology with lower energy consumption and higher performance at costs comparable to existing 8-bit devices.

Utilizing the world's most energy-efficient ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, the FRDM-KL05Z development platform uses 30 percent less power than Cortex-M0 and delivers extremely low power modes to extend battery life and standby time. Its low-power benefits, accelerometer, touch sensing, and Arduino™ shield compatibility make this new development platform ideal for professional design engineers and electronics developers alike.

“Freescale is excited to announce the expansion of the Freescale Freedom development platform with the FRDM-KL05Z for the Kinetis KL05Z family,” said John Dixon, Mass Market & Distribution Director for Freescale’s MCU group. “These ultra cost-effective development tools are now available through element14. With its deep technical resources, engineers have access to solutions at element14 that can directly support design innovation catering to the ‘Internet of things’."

The Freescale Freedom development platform for Kinetis L Series MCUs combines an industry-standard form factor with a rich set of third-party expansion board options. It significantly speeds the development process, making it easier and faster to design applications ranging from small appliances, gaming accessories and portable medical systems to audio systems, smart meters, lighting and power controls.

“We are delighted to partner with Freescale in the second wave of their groundbreaking technology,” saidDavid Shen, Group Chief Technology Officer, Premier Farnell. “element14’s unique development platform makes it easy for designers to migrate their legacy systems to a powerful 32-bit architecture, improving performance without increasing cost and power consumption.”

Additional information, manuals, videos, and resources for the Freescale Freedom development platform for the FRDM-KL05Z are available at element14.

About element14

Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first information portal, collaborative community and electronics store specifically built for electronic design engineers. The community recently unveiled its element14 knode, a unique automated platform that enables engineers to quickly research, design, develop and prototype in a single, intelligent environment. element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel electronics distribution trading throughout Europe (Farnell), the Americas (Newark) and Asia Pacific (element14). The company had group sales of £973.9m and underlying profits of £104.6m last year.