emPower-USB-Host uses the emLoad bootloader, pre-loaded into the flash of the MCU, to easily change applications in seconds using a USB flash drive. Development of custom applications is also supported. The board has a debug connector, providing full access to the NXP LPC54605J512 MCU with its Cortex-M4 core.
Schematics and PCB layout of the board are available under a Creative Commons license. This way, the hardware can be used as a blueprint for custom devices using two USB host ports.
"The multitude of applications that can be realized with this little board and a combination of two USB devices is amazing. From input devices to sensors, terminals to loudspeaker and connectivity devices such as WiFi, LAN, CAN, Bluetooth, MIDI, pretty much everything is available as USB device. Very little code is required to implement a complete application," says Rolf Segger, the company founder. “It provides a great platform for makers, with almost unlimited possibilities. Anybody can build the hardware based on our schematics and PCB layout, or simply buy a board. Designing software for the board is easy. Anybody with some knowledge of “C” can build something useful, without soldering. It is exciting to make Embedded Systems easily available to anybody anywhere on the planet."
SEGGER Microcontroller supplies software, hardware and development tools for embedded systems development with affordable and easy-to use tools and components. The company was founded by Rolf Segger in 1992, and is headquartered in Germany with US offices in the Boston area as well as Silicon Valley.