STMicroelectronics acquires Draupner Graphic, a graphical user interface software company

STMicroelectronics announced this week its acquisition of software specialist Draupner Graphics. Draupner Graphics is the developer and supplier of TouchGFX, a software framework offering outstanding graphics and smooth animations for embedded graphical user interfaces (GUI) with minimal resource requirements and power consumption.

Hosted on 32-bit microcontrollers, TouchGFX enables high-end graphics that fully live up to existing smartphone standards across all devices and systems, including smart home and building automation systems, appliances, wearables, and audio and video systems.

STMicroelectronics, manufacturer of the STM32 family of MCUs, is a top supplier of 32-bit Arm Cortex-M-core MCUs with hardware and software ecosystem that accelerates and facilitates application development. Several of the STM32 product lines already support TouchGFX.

ST is a global semiconductor vendor delivering energy-efficient products and solutions that power the electronics at the heart of everyday life. ST’s products are found everywhere today, and together with our customers, we are enabling smarter driving and smarter factories, cities and homes, along with the next generation of mobile and Internet of Things devices.

In 2017, the company’s net revenues were $8.35 billion, serving more than 100,000 customers worldwide.

“Draupner’s TouchGFX software is a highly advanced and optimized graphic user interface solution for microcontrollers. We have been working closely with the team for 5 years and regularly see the value TouchGFX is already delivering on STM32 MCUs in different consumer, appliances, industrial, and medical applications, said Daniel Colonna, Microcontroller Marketing Director, STMicroelectronics. “The acquisition of Draupner Graphics will accelerate both TouchGFX and STM32 roadmaps to offer embedded developers and their customers more advanced features, raising the bar of human-machine interfaces across all of the devices that people interact with every day.”  

“As a leading software vendor on the global market, joining the leading supplier of 32-bit embedded MCUs will give us early access to roadmaps and plans that will speed feature integration and increase adoption of our tools and STM32 MCUs,” said Jorgen Mygind, Business Development Manager, Draupner.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

ST also announced Thursday latest additions to the STM32 line, the STM32F7x0 and H7x0 Value Line microcontrollers (MCU) to deliver extra flexibility to create affordable performance-oriented systems including real-time IoT devices, without compromising features or cyber protection.

These new lines trim embedded Flash to the essential, still allowing secure boot, sensitive code and real-time routines to run safely on-chip, leveraging access times over 25 times faster than for external Flash (for cache miss). If needed, applications can scale-up either by adding off-chip serial or parallel (up to 32-bit) memories and leveraging the MCUs’ broad external interfaces and eXecute in Place (XiP) capability, or by porting to other pin-to-pin compatible STM32F7 or STM32H7 MCU lines, with up to 2Mbyte flash and up to 1Mbyte RAM, supported by the same ecosystem with the same easy-to-use tools.

 


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