Free, unrestricted IDE for ARM links to SaaS subscription tools

November 12, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Atollic says it, “unifies [the] fragmented ARM tools market with free no limitations TrueSTUDIO C/C++ IDE.” The release is a, “completely free, commercial-quality IDE without code-size or device usage limitations. This gives the ARM development community a free-of-charge tool that everyone can standardise on.”

The tool is free to download, use and share. No registration is required. Atollic asserts that there is fragmentation [in the tools area] caused by a vast amount of similar development tools with little differentiation. They all offer basic edit/compile/debug capabilities but often suffer from poor usability experiences due to the tool being less tightly integrated than a unified professional tool chain. Others may be locked to a single chip vendor which limits the breath of target support. The lack of standardisation often leads to duplication of efforts, code portability challenges, and increased cost for middleware suppliers and development consultants.

Atollic offers ARM development community a route to standardise on a completely free tool, with full commercial quality, no code size limitations, and not locked to a single microcontroller family or supplier. TrueSTUDIO Lite is based on an open standard tools platform of Eclipse/GCC/GDB and is extended and enhanced with commercial-quality modifications, getting-started wizards, and extensive target support for ARM-based microcontrollers.

Magnus Unemyr, VP sales and marketing at Atollic comments, “We believe TrueSTUDIO Lite fills a critical gap in the industry and will bring an end to the fragmented tools market. We firmly believe that developers and chip vendors alike will welcome it since it brings a standardised tool into the market that everyone can use and adopt. We're also bringing a 'software as a service' subscription model into the high-end embedded tools market which dramatically lowers any financial barriers to accessing the advanced capabilities of a professional tool chain.”

Atollic is bidding for microcontroller vendors will not to commit huge resources to develop their own free tools with what it terms, “me-too” functionality: middleware vendors will be able to reduce their porting and maintenance costs.

In combination with the launch of the free TrueSTUDIO Lite, Atollic is introducing a low-cost upgrade path to TrueSTUDIO Pro, the company's flagship development tool which includes static code analysis, and advanced debugging capabilities