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I'd like to play around with higher end processors like the STM32.

Any idea what the next logical step is for me?
What IDE?

Is there some basic article anywhere to help me make this jump?

Leon Heller

Oct 04, 2012, 05:01 pm Last Edit: Oct 04, 2012, 05:07 pm by Leon Heller Reason: 1
I use the Rowley CrossWorks IDE for ARM development:


It's excellent, with good support.

The ST Discovery boards are very good value, and ideal for learning about ARM devices.
Leon Heller


Do you often go to the Ford dealer and talk to them about upgrading to a Chevy? Do you think that they keep a lot of material on hand to help you with that process?

Now, if you went to the Chevy dealer and talked to them about upgrading from a Ford, I suspect you'd get much better treatment.
The art of getting good answers lies in asking good questions.


How does one choose from so many if these IDE's?  
I'm sure that one is nice, but it's $$ - the free ones not usable?

As far as upgrading, I'm not. Ardunos have a great place for the low end, and I want both ends of the spectrum. A second car if you will.
Can you suggest a "Chevy" forum?

Leon Heller

Oct 05, 2012, 12:40 pm Last Edit: Oct 05, 2012, 12:44 pm by Leon Heller Reason: 1
The free ones are usable, but most have restrictions and I've found them much harder to use than the Rowley tools (I also use their MSP430 software). Try them and see which you prefer.

I run the LPC2000 Yahoo group for users of the NXP ARM devices:

Leon Heller


I suggest you try Teensy 3.0 http://www.pjrc.com/store/teensy3.html also http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulstoffregen/teensy-30-32-bit-arm-cortex-m4-usable-in-arduino-a.

I have one and it uses the Arduino IDE with gnu ARM tools.  It's real easy to use.  You just unzip the IDE like the standard Arduino IDE.

Soon, October 22, Arduino will release the Due http://hackadaycom.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/due.pdf.  I suspect it will also be easy to install and use.


I also recommend the LaunchPad Stellaris from Texas Instruments.

It features a LM4F-ARM with FPU, 256KB of flash and 32 KB of RAM, for USD13.

Among the many development tools, Energia is a fork of Arduino.

Learn more:

  • my review at http://embeddedcomputing.weebly.com/stellarpad-lm4f.html

  • Energia website at http://www.energia.nu/


Does energia support the Arm launch pad?


Sure, Energia supports LaunchPad MSP430 and LaunchPad ARM-based Stellaris.


Sure, Energia supports LaunchPad MSP430 and LaunchPad ARM-based Stellaris.

yes, it works quite well. For example:
A couple of Arduino tutorials at http://tronixstuff.com/tutorials - My Arduino book - http://nostarch.com/arduino. Please don't ask for help via direct message - use the forum!


Energia supports LaunchPad MSP430 and LaunchPad ARM-based Stellaris.

They should fix some of their home/wiki pages.  Mention of "StellarPad" support is buried in the fine print.

Energia is a rapid electronics prototyping platform for the Texas Instruments msp430 LaunchPad. Energia is based on Wiring and Arduino and uses the Processing IDE. The sources for the project are on the Energia github.com project page.

Github Readme.md:
Energia is a fork of Arduino for the Texas Instruments MSP430 Micro Controller.

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