RS and ARM create designs for online community

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Richard Wilson

Monday 25 October 2010 10:31

RS Components is sponsoring internships with the ARM mbed team, based in Cambridge to develop mbed hardware and software reference designs.

ARM and RS are recruiting for internships to support the RS programme.

The reference designs will be featured on the distributor’s design website, called DesignSpark.

The first projects, a motor control platform and an RFID tag tracker using an mbed processor, are already complete and can be downloaded at

Both are ready to use and can be adapted to suit specific project requirements.

“The objective of our programme is to give developers a head start with common requirements,” said Mark Cundle, technical marketing manager, RS Components.

A motor control reference design demonstrates how to control motors using the RS-EDP-AM-MC1 motor control modules and provide feedback with quadrature encoders, and inertial sensors such as gyroscopes and accelerometers to perform dead reckoning.

It allows feedback from sensors to be used for position control, orientation data to be logged, providing the capability for autonomous control.

The RFID tag tracker logs Mifare tag IDs on a remote MySQL server through Ethernet or GPRS, and can log events locally on an SD card.

Both are based on the Cortex-M3 processor-based NXP LPC1768 MCU and are supported by relevant software drawn from the mbed libraries. 

“In both these designs, the designers were able to use EDP hardware modules and software from the mbed library to reach a complete, working and verified
design quickly,” said Chris Styles, senior application engineer at ARM.

The process and the completed design are available on the mbed and DesignSpark websites.

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