ST and ARM In Bed Together

STMicroelectronics has joined the ARM mbed Project. The agreement will give developers using ST’s STM32 microcontroller range, based on the ARM Cortex-M-based processor series free access to the mbed software, development tools and online collaboration platform.

ARM mbed is a collaborative industry project to nurture the Internet of Things (IoT) and meet the needs of a new professional developer audience. It delivers free tools and fundamental open-source hardware and software building blocks for the rapid development of innovative ARM-based devices. The project also enables the easy integration of connectivity, sensor and cloud-service software components and the tools and support for a dynamic, collaborative developer and partner ecosystem.

ST’s STM32 microcontroller range starts at $0.32 and the MCUs address the full spectrum of applications from simple products to entire platform solutions. Combined with the mbed platform, this offers software portability, diverse connectivity options and a rapid development approach for a full range of IoT applications.

“The mbed project is bringing together leading technology companies to create a step change in productivity for embedded device development,” says Simon Ford, director, IoT Platforms, ARM. “We have learnt from the web and smartphone revolutions that by building an open-source software platform with reusable software components and free development and collaboration tools, we can enable the creation of IoT and smart devices on a previously unimagined scale.”

“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,” says ST’s Daniel Colonna, “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.”

The first mbed-enabled STM32 development boards will be launched in February 2014, and support for other boards and targets will follow.

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