Semiconductor Intelligent Property (IP) provider ARM announced that STMicroelectronics (News - Alert), a global semiconductor firm, has joined the ARM mbed Project, to create a step change in the productivity for embedded device development.
The project especially focuses on Internet of Things (IoT) and delivers free tools and fundamental open-source hardware and software building blocks for the development of innovative ARM (News - Alert)-based devices.
Additionally the project enables the easy integration of connectivity, sensor and cloud service software components, as well as the tools and support for a dynamic, collaborative developer and partner ecosystem.
By building an open-source software platform with reusable software components and free development and collaboration tools, ARM can enable the creation of IoT and smart devices on a previously unimagined scale, says Simon Ford, director, IoT Platforms, ARM.
The partnership will benefit developers using ST’s STM32 microcontroller range, based on the ARM Cortex-M processor series, ARM said. It will give them free access to the mbed software, development tools and online collaboration platform, enabling the creation of intelligent electronics products.
Combined with the mbed platform, ST’s STM32 microcontroller range offers software portability, diverse connectivity options and a rapid development approach for a full range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
“By joining the mbed project, ST is enabling developers across diverse markets to quickly prototype and create new products based on leading-edge STM32 microcontrollers,” said Daniel Colonna, Microcontrollers marketing manager at ST, in a statement.
The first mbed-enabled STM32 development boards under this partnership will be launched in February 2014, and support for other boards and targets will follow, the company said.
“The support for mbed will be launched in Q1 with a brand new line of STM32 microcontroller development boards to provide a consistent way to develop with devices across the STM32 portfolio at hardware and software levels,” Colonna added.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker