Ambiq Micro Apollo Microcontrollers

Featuring ultra-low power consumption of down to 10µA/MHz, sleep currents of under 150nA and low-leakage SRAM, Ambiq Micro's Apollo series of microcontrollers are ideal for battery-powered applications in IoT, wearable electronics, wireless sensor and consumer applications.

And it isn't just in the low-power modes where these devices score; leveraging their proprietary Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT) Platform, these Cortex-M4F powered controllers set new benchmarks in low-power in active mode as well. As a result, these devices are suitable for applications undertaking complex context detection, gesture recognition and activity monitoring for weeks, months or even years, delivering unprecedented battery life.

iSYSTEM's BlueBox™ On-Chip Analyzers compliment the Apollo family with their IOM Accessories, available for a range of BlueBox™ products. To power optimize your application our power measurement board, coupled with the analog front-end of the IOM2 or IOM5, enables the developer to see at what point in the application's execution the current consumption exceeds the desired level. On top, our support for the Instrumentation Trace Macrocell (ITM) allows debug messages to be passed to the winIDEA Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for deeper insights, either when using an RTOS or a bare metal application.

If you are simply trialling the performance of the Apollo microcontrollers using the available evaluation boards (EVB), the integrated J-Link Debugger works out-of-the-box with iSYSTEM's winIDEA Open IDE. Simply connect the board to an available USB port and explore the power iSYSTEM's development software has to offer.

Finally, you'll always have confidence in the code you have developed by utilizing testIDEA. Even though the Apollo devices do not feature a hardware trace interface, our "slow run" feature still makes it possible to capture program trace information to deliver code coverage on unit tests for your application code.

CoreSight™ Feature Description   Apollo     Apollo 2   Apollo EVB
iC5000 iC5700 iC6000
DWT (Data Watchpoint and Trace) Hardware comparators for program counter
and data watchpoints
FPB (Flash Patch Breakpoint) Implements hardware breakpoints
ITM (Instrumentation Trace Macrocell) Supports printf style debugging, trace of
RTOS events and output of diagnostic system
SWO (Serial Wire Output) Single-pin output for ITM trace messages
TPIU (Trace Port Interface Unit) Bridge between on-chip trace data and SWO interface.
SWD (Serial Wire Debug) Two-wire CoreSight™ interface used for debugging
and debug configuration.

1) In conjunction with winIDEA Open, the functionality of the J-Link is limited to debugging

If you require further help to understand which BlueBox™ On-Chip Analyzer would best suit your needs, why not get in touch using the contact link on the right.

Sabrina Kisslinger Contact