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30 Jan 2006

ARM Announces New RealView Development Tools For ARM Powered Microcontrollers

New ARM RealView Tools offer complete out-of-the-box
development solution for ARM Powered MCUs

CAMBRIDGE, UK: ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] today announced the release of its new RealView® Microcontroller Development Kit, which integrates the ARM® RealView Compilation Tools with the Keil µVision3® development environment. This product provides developers with a feature-rich, integrated development environment specifically optimized for a wide range of ARM processor-based microcontrollers (MCUs), enabling shorter development cycles and significantly reducing time-to-market.

"This announcement is clear evidence that the acquisition of Keil is already bearing results," said Mike Inglis, EVP Marketing and Business Development, ARM. "The RealView Microcontroller Development Kit, together with the wide choice of ARM processor-based microcontrollers from our semiconductor Partners, provides a complete solution to attack the embedded, automotive, and consumer markets."

The RealView Microcontroller Development Kit features a Keil µVision3 integrated development environment (IDE), which includes a full project manager, editor, debugger and comprehensive MCU simulator for accurate designs. It also incorporates a configuration wizard, which speeds the generation of start-up code and configuration files. Projects created under the IDE are automatically built using RealView Compilation Tools. The built-in microcontroller simulator can model more than 50 ARM processor-based MCU devices, including their instruction set, on-chip peripherals and the external signals used to stimulate them.

The RealView Compilation Tools bring the high performance associated with the device creation market to the microcontroller market. Developed and tuned to deliver the tightest code density, the compilers produce images of significantly smaller code size leading to significant product cost reductions. The compilers generate optimized code for both the 32-bit ARM and 16-bit Thumb® instruction sets and support full ISO standard C and C++.

"This new development kit realizes our vision of combining the best of ARM and Keil tool technologies for advanced microcontroller development," said Brian McAllister, director of Marketing, Development Systems, ARM. "The RealView Compilers, which are the result of more than 16 years of focused investment and development, combined with the Keil IDE, one of the world's most popular development environments for microcontrollers, will enable us to deliver the combined power of these proven tools to the developers' desktop."

"Embedded software development is an increasingly critical part of total product development cycle. Our ARM microcontroller customers expect out-of-the-box solutions, quick to learn and robust," said Jacko Wilbrink, ARM Microcontroller marketing manager, Atmel. "With the new RealView Microcontroller Development Kit, everyone can experience the advantage of proven technology, designed to be used by a large number of customers in market segments especially industrial and consumer."

Availability

The RealView Microcontroller Development Kit is available immediately from ARM and its authorized distributors listed at http://www.keil.com/distis. In addition, ARM is offering a special opportunity for customers with valid software maintenance agreements for the PK-ARM Professional Developer's Kit to download the RealView Microcontroller Development Kit from the Keil web site: http://www.keil.com/update/relnotes/rvmdk250.htm.

About ARM

ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products. Combined with the company's broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.


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