Silicon Labs EFM32 Zero Gecko Dev Kit Review

Silicon Labs EFM32 Zero Gecko Development Kit Review

By Timothy Coyle

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I just received the EFM32 Zero Gecko Starter Kit from Silicon Labs that I ordered a few days ago. I go this development kit to work on a wearable/smart watch concept design and the EFM32 offers an ARM core with ultra low power and energy profiling.

This is just a quick unboxing and boot the demo walk through for now but I plan on talking about this little guy quite a bit in the upcoming weeks.

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This shows the kit contents. I got the starter kit with the weather station add-on (includes expansion board with temp/humidty/pressure sensor) for under $50 bucks.The kit also came with a USB cable, coin battery, and 8GB USB flash drive with the Simplicity Studio software installer on it. You should go to the website and download the latest version from there.

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This is the main development board. Notice the nice black and white LCD screen which could be useful for developing a smart watch or wearable type device.

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A close up of the LCD screen (I think it's by Sharp) showing a QR code.

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And yes this is Space Invaders demo running.


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