STMicroelectronics joins ARM mbed Project

Chip maker STMicroelectronics (ST) has become the latest member of the ARM mbed Project aimed at accelerating Internet of Things development.

Its involvement means that developers will be able to use ST’s (Geneva, Switzerland) STM32 range of microcontrollers with mbed software and development tools, giving them more freedom and flexibility when designing intelligent electronics products.

UK semiconductor player ARM (Cambridge, UK) established the mbed Project with a view to spurring the development of ARM-based devices for use with M2M services.

ARM believes the initiative will help companies to integrate connectivity, sensor and cloud-service software components and tools, as well as provie support for a “dynamic, collaborative developer and partner ecosystem.

According to ST, pricing for the STM32 range starts at just $0.32 and the microcontrollers address the full spectrum of applications, from simple products to entire platform solutions.

“The mbed Project is bringing together leading technology companies to create a step change in productivity for embedded device development,” said Simon Ford, the director of IoT platforms for ARM. “We have learnt from the web and smartphone revolutions that by building an open-source software platform with reusable software components and free development and collaboration tools, we can enable the creation of IoT and smart devices on a previously unimagined scale.”

ST says its involvement in the mbed Project will ensure developers across diverse markets can speedily develop new products based on its STM32 microcontrollers.

“The support for mbed will be launched in Q1 with a brand new line of STM32 microcontroller development boards to provide a consistent way to develop with devices across the STM32 portfolio at hardware and software levels,” said Daniel Colonna, ST’s microcontrollers marketing director.