The main announcement for Keil was the launch of the Development Studio 5 (DS-5) tool. This is a brand new Eclipse-based IDE tailored for Linux development. The picture on the right (click on them for a bigger view) shows the debugger linked to a board running Google Android 2.0 OS. The ARM Solution Center for Android seeks to fulfil all of your Android development needs.
As you can imagine, there was a lot of interest in this demo and you will be able to find this demo on ARMflix YouTube channel, along with other video interviews from Embedded World, as soon as they are ready.
Also at the show, ARM is showcasing the recently-launched Cortex-M4 processor. Similar to other Cortex-M series processors, the Cortex-M4 also features DSP instructions, making it a perfect product for digital signal control (DSC), among other applications.
EETimes Embedded Market Report
On Wednesday morning, EETimes presented their Embedded Market report in the comfortable Le Meridien Hotel. The most exciting point made for me, even if I cannot give numbers as they will only be released next month, is that the most frequently designed 32-bit CPUs are still based on the ARM9 and ARM11 processor families, followed by the Texas Instruments’ OMAP series.
They also presented the upcoming events being organized by EETimes, such as ESC (Embedded System Conference), taking place in San Jose in April. I’m looking forward to the innovative programs being created by EETimes this year, particularly the ARM Technology Conference (also known as ARM Techcon and formerly the ARM Developer Conference) which should be held in Santa Clara, California towards the end of the year. For more information on this event, please stay tuned.
Their next event will be the ‘Designing with ARM’ Virtual Conference on March 25th with the participation of Mike Muller, ARM Chief Technology Officer. There are already more than 2000 registrations for this event and EETimes expects more than 5000 attendees; click here to register.
EETimes also has plans, like ARM did last month, to totally change their website in order to focus on a Community-driven approach. Rich Nass, EETimes Group Editorial Director said he considered the ecosystem as being the most important point to consider before choosing a product.
ARM Connected Community
The ARM Connected Community is out in full force at Embedded World! More than 70 companies are presenting ARM Powered technology at the show. – see the full list here Embedded World (EW) 804KB
To hightlight just a few, Actel is presenting Smart Fusion: FPGA + Cortex-M3 and programmable analog; Parasoft is showing a demo based on STM32, using Keil μLink Pro; the Energy Micro booth is focused on the EFM32, another Cortex-M3 implementation; Hitex Development Tools are showing their Serial Wire Viewer (SWV) and NXP is giving away LPCXpresso EVBs with an espresso coffee!
I feel that Cortex-M3 technology is omnipresent at Embedded World and I think that is due to the increase in everyone’s energy consciousness. Using an ARM MCU makes it easy and quick to produce highly energy-efficient products!
With more than 700+ Partners in the ARM Connected Community (CC) the benefits of such a large ecosystem were very prevalent at the show. If you also use ARM technology, do have a look at what the free program offers you.
My last day at the show will consist of walking a few miles, meeting companies in order to learn about their products and then going back to Cambridge to send all the details I promised!
You are welcome to contact the CC team at Connected@arm.com or to grab us at the next show.
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