Farnell element14 extends design support for new STM32 ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics

Farnell element14’s CooCox design environment accelerates the move from 8-bit design to 32-bit Value-Line MCUs

London 18 September, 2013 – CooCox, the highly integrated ARM® Cortex™-M design environment (IDE) from Farnell element14 has been extended to support the new STMicroelectronics Value-Line of microcontrollers (MCUs), enabling designers to quickly develop applications across the STM32 Value-Line MCUs.

The new design support is a dividend of the close collaboration between ST and Farnell element14 and by using the CooCox IDE engineers can 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 to price-conscious projects, performance improvements and product extensions.

The CooCox design environment 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.

“We are delighted to be working with ST on design solutions that make the lives of our mutual customers easier and more productive,” said David Shen, Group CTO, Farnell element14 “Through the development of CooCox we have optimized the balance between abstraction and control to give the designer a highly integrated and high-productivity design environment. The targeting of CooCox at the STM32 Value-Line of MCUs is great news for our customers.”

“With the STM32 Value Line, designers will find a business proposal similar to what is found in the low-end 16-bit and the 8-bit microcontroller ecosystems,” said Michel Buffa General Manager Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics. “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 our customers.”

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 Farnell element14 through its strategic acquisition of Embest in July 2012.

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September 2013

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