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ARM releases mbed version 2.0, open source SDK

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SDK? HDK? Cortex-M? MCU? mbed?

ARM has announced its latest SDK under a permissive open source license and an HDK for creating low-cost development boards as the latest innovations for its mbed version 2.0. The mbed platform is being developed by ARM to deliver free tools and software that enable effective rapid prototyping with ARM Cortex-M series processor-based MCUs, stated the company.

The mbed SDK has been carefully designed to provide a C/C++ platform with enough hardware abstraction to be intuitive and concise yet powerful enough to build complex projects fast, indicated the firm. Built on the ARM CMSIS low-level APIs, it allows developers to go right down to the hardware when needed. It is portable across multiple popular toolchains and in addition to free open source middleware such as RTOS, USB and networking libraries, the SDK has been built upon by the mbed developer community to create a cookbook of reusable driver libraries for connecting to peripherals and modules.

The mbed HDK delivers MCU sub-system reference designs that can be used as the basis for new hardware boards and products. It provides simple and consistent building blocks that benefit from the support of the mbed SDK and free online tools. The HDK designs specify all major support components including an on-board USB interface that enables simple drag-n-drop programming and connection to the MCU via the USB CMSIS-DAP debug interface standard. The design is currently used in the official mbed MCU prototyping modules, it is also being adopted by mbed partners for low-cost evaluation boards, and is now available for use in custom designs.

The mbed Compiler provides a free, powerful, online IDE that is powered by the industry standard ARM professional C/C++ compiler, pre-configured and tested to generate fast, efficient code without fuss. It is fully integrated with the developer site to enable one-click library imports, and with distributed version control for contribution and collaboration for those wanting to work together. The mbed Compiler also supports export of projects to the major offline toolchains. Combined with the portability of the mbed SDK and USB CMSIS-DAP debug interface, this allows an easy next step towards product development using whichever tool is most appropriate.

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