Tools provide an optimal migration to high-performance, low-cost 32-bit applications
CAMBRIDGE, UK – March 27, 2006 - ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] today announced that its RealView® Microcontroller Development Kit provides full support for the new Luminary Micro Stellaris™ family of microcontrollers (see "Luminary Micro Announces 32-bit Microcontrollers for $1.00 – First to Launch Products Based on ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller Core", March 27, 2006). The Luminary Micro Stellaris family is the first family of microcontrollers to be based on the ARM® Cortex™-M3 32-bit processor, which is optimized for cost-sensitive applications.
The RealView Microcontroller Development Kit, launched in January, integrates the ARM RealView Compilation Tools with the Keil® µVision3 development environment. The RealView compilation tools enable Stellaris users to easily achieve higher performance and code density, which in turn enables them to reduce system cost.
The RealView Microcontroller Development Kit offers an extensive range of features and benefits specifically tailored for microcontroller users, including complete device simulation and software trace, and features the easy-to-use µVision interface familiar to users of the Keil tools for 8051- and 166-based standard products. This makes the Stellaris family of microcontrollers optimal for customers planning to migrate from 8- and 16-bit applications to 32-bit applications.
The ARM / Luminary collaboration on Stellaris represents an end-to-end engagement. Luminary selected the Cortex-M3 processor as the basis for the microcontroller, then used the ARM RealView Development Suite and RealView ICE solution to develop and validate the design. Then lead Luminary customers used the RealView tools to evaluate the microcontroller; these customers can now use the RealView Microcontroller Development Kit to develop optimized applications.
"For Luminary's customers, our partnership with ARM provides two major benefits," said Luminary Founder and Chief Marketing Officer Jean Anne Booth. "Customers can take advantage of the performance and features of the Cortex-M3 32-bit microcontroller at an excellent build cost, and the RealView Microcontroller Development Kit gives our customers a tightly coupled application development environment."
"ARM’s partnership with Luminary demonstrates how use of a leading-edge toolchain creates value for ARM Partners and their customers," said Brian McAllister, director of marketing, Development Systems, ARM. "It also highlights the value of our Cortex-M3 processor. The low power, low cost ARM processor architecture has for some years been the processor of choice for embedded microcontroller applications. The Cortex-M3 processor is the smallest, lowest-power ARM processor but achieves outstanding performance for cost-sensitive applications."
The ARM RealView Microcontroller Development Kit is available now via Keil and ARM distribution channels. An evaluation version of the RealView Microcontroller Development Kit can be downloaded from https://www.keil.com/demo/eval/arm.htm
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