CAMBRIDGE, UK STMicroelectronics is making low-volume design around its STM32 microcontrollers accessible, thanks to the very low-cost ST-LINK debug probe, delivered with the Atollic TrueSTUDIO IDE.
The ST-LINK debug probe together with the IDE allows low-volume designs to target a family of more than 70 ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontrollers. The environment combines the Atollic TrueSTUDIO/STM32 development tool, which can be downloaded free-of-charge with no limitations on code size or usage time, and ST’s ST-LINK debug probe to connect to the target via USB.
For a low initial investment, just USD21 for ST-LINK, a wider variety of design starts, including tentative and low-volume product concepts, can benefit from the high performance, low power and rich features of the STM32 family comprising more than 70 software-, pin-, and peripheral-compatible variants.
Atollic TrueSTUDIO/STM32 uses the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE) framework, and features a GNU compiler/debugger for ARM processors. Pre-compiled runtime libraries are also included in the free-of-charge Lite version of the tool.
Developers can access more extensive capabilities by purchasing Atollic TrueSTUDIO/STM32 Pro, a low-cost environment with extensive capabilities including C++ language support, PC-based build/debug tools allowing development before embedded hardware is available, graphical tools including UML diagram editors, and collaboration features such as version control and bug/task management.
The range of more than 70 STM32 devices spans package options from 36 pins to 144 pins and Flash densities from 16 to 512 Kbytes.
More information at www.atollic.com