element14 Pty Ltd has extended support to the new STMicroelectronics Value Line microcontrollers (MCUs) with the CooCox IDE design environment, enabling designers to quickly develop applications across the STM32 Value-Line MCUs.
A dividend of the close collaboration between ST and element14, the CooCox IDE can be used by engineers to efficiently work at a high level of abstraction to build, compile and debug their designs and leverage the enhanced hardware features of the new STM32F0xx MCUs. Based on the ARM Cortex-M0 core, the STM32 Value Line delivers 32-bit performance with 8-bit price parity and is ideally suited for price-conscious projects, performance improvements and product extensions.
The CooCox highly integrated ARM Cortex-M design environment (IDE) has a user base of more than 40,000 design engineers worldwide and the core IDE is supplied with a highly integrated suite of utilities, peripheral libraries, embedded software and debug adapter. CooCox for the STM32 Value Line can be downloaded for free from element14.com.
Available globally, CooCox is a free-to-use ARM development tool environment for ARM Cortex-M4, M3, M0 and M0+microcontrollers. The CooCox design environment was acquired by element14 through its strategic acquisition of Embest in July 2012.
According to David Shen, Group CTO, element14, the development of CooCox allows element14 to optimise the balance between abstraction and control to give the designer a highly integrated and high-productivity design environment.
Michel Buffa, General Manager - Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics explains that the STM32 Value Line will enable designers to find a business proposal similar to what is found in the low-end 16-bit and 8-bit microcontroller ecosystems. He adds that CooCox is a mature free-to-use development environment that combines ease-of-use, GNU toolset performance and high-quality software components to offer an appealing design experience for their customers.