Last saturday an article in the newspaper caught my attention. The story was about 3 students that made their own development board: the Simplecortex, built around the LPC1769 from NXP, a ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontroller running @ 120 MHz with 512KB flash, 64KB RAM, MicroSD slot, 8 x 12bit ADC, 10bit DAC, SPI, 6 xPWM, 3 x I2C, 4 x UART, USB-host and Ethernet on board (did I miss something?)

Impressive… this could be the ideal board for projects where the Arduino-like boards can’t manage and a Raspberry Pi is overkill (I can do without Linux on board for those things I want to do).


Here’s a comparison with 2 Arduino boards:

Simplecortex compared to Arduinos

Furthermore, the Simplecortex is Arduino pin compatible.

As development environment the free CoIDE from CooCox is used. This IDE supports debugging and lots of other features not found in the Arduino IDE but which are very welcome 😉

And last but not least, you’re not left in the dark after buying the Simplecortex – the website of the company that developed the board contains information on how to get started, there are libraries and examples you can download and there’s a forum. Sounds good to me, good enough to buy & try one!

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3 Responses to Simplecortex

  1. Alejandro Vela says:

    I came upon your site while trying to learn more about arduino and motion detectors. I was interested in creating something similar to the led motion detector arduino program that you made. instead of using leds i wanted to use cool neon wire. i tried the sample code you had on the blog but i got an error saying ‘new soft serial does not name a type’. any help you could give me i would greatly appreciate. thank you


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