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ST and Tapko release KNX stack for STM family MCUs

Date: 21/08/2013
STMicroelectronics in partnership with Tapko Technologies has released a KNX communication stack for all ST’s STM8 and STM32 microcontrollers. The availability of KNXcommunication stack for STM8 and STM32 microcontrollers enables embedded system developers to develop smart building systems using 500 variants of STM32 and STM8 family of microcontrollers for applications such as automatic lighting, heating and other environmental controls.

ST shares market data, where it is estimated a total market of more than €600 million in Europe alone for smart building sys.

KNX is currently used in over 70% of European smart-home devices. The open standard KNX is praised for interoperability. KNX is managed by the KNX Association and is ratified as CENELEC EN 50090 or CEN EN 13321-1 in Europe, GB/Z 20965 in China, ANSI/ASHRAE 135 in the USA, and globally as ISO/IEC 14543-3.

“With ST’s large families of 8-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers now readily available to the KNX community, we expect to see even more widespread deployment within Europe and worldwide of smart-building systems that help reduce the energy usage and environmental impact of homes, offices and factories everywhere,” said Petar Tomic, CEO of Tapko Technologies GmbH.

“The STM8 and STM32 families offer advanced features, extremely low energy consumption and extensive compatibility between devices, families and software helping to minimize development costs and time to market,” said Michel Buffa, Microcontroller Division Manager, STMicroelectronics. ”With the KNX stack now also ported, our customers can leverage this popular protocol to create competitive, high-performing smart-building solutions.”