ARM Toolsets

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by Shagas, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. Shagas

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    May 13, 2013
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    Hello

    I just received an STM32F4 Discovery board. I watched a Youtube tutorial where the guy was showing all
    the different compilers and the different pricings/limitations for each.
    My question is: How important is the toolset that one uses to program their ARM or whatever MCU?

    Most of the commercial ones have a 32kb flash limitation. Although I'm quite aware that that is quite abit of flash , I haven't used ARM before so I don't know if I'll fill that up or not.

    I'm stuck between two toolsets:
    CooCox - Free IDE & tools with no limitations
    IAR systems - Free lite version with 32kb flash limitation

    Anyone have any advice?
     
  2. MrChips

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    I use IAR EWARM which I like very much. Try the 32KB limited version and see if you like it.
    You also want to look at Atollic which is also used with ARM.
     
  3. Shagas

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    I guess I'll try the IAR EWARM first . Do you think it will be quick and easy to switch to another toolset in the future in case my projects exceed 32KB?

    I'm aware of Atollic and other commercial ones available but I only mentioned the IAR since you suggested it in the previous thread.
     
  4. MrChips

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    Yes. Your code will be written in C and the standard library functions are supplied by ST.
     
  5. MrChips

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    Too bad you missed out on free workshops from ST.
    Get on their mailing list as these workshops will happen again.
     
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