Frequently Asked Questions

What type of development/evaluation boards are there? Which type does Embedded Artists produce?

There are in principle three types of development boards:

  • Evaluation boards which showcase the features of a device. There is little support for expandability. It is not always possible to isolate the device's pins from the dedicated function on the Evaluation board.
    With some luck it is possible to prototype with this type of board but that is not always the case. Evaluation boards are not intended for inclusion/integration in end products.
  • Development boards which generally have access to all device pins through expansion connectors. Flexibility is key for these boards in all aspects. Sometimes the flexibility is too big and the boards are not suitable for integration into end products simply because they are physically too big or too expensive.
  • OEM boards which have been designed for integration in end products. These boards can be viewed as components in the end product. Flexibility is still very important but some design decisions have been made. These boards are offered with volume discount and are often economically attractive for low to medium volume end products (up to 10K boards per year).
Embedded Artists focus on Development and OEM boards. The goal is to put as few restrictions as possible on the user. It shall be possible to evaluate the LPC-device as freely and unrestricted as possible.
The Application Kit product family from Embedded Artists have dedicated designs but does not focus on the LPC-device functionality (like a typical Evaluation board would do), but rather focus on showcasing a specific application.

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