Atollic® announced the launch of the new TrueSTUDIO Lite, a completely free, commercial-quality IDE without code-size or device usage limitations. This gives the ARM development community a high-quality, free-of-charge tool that everyone can standardize on. The tool is free to download, use and share. No registration is required.
The industry at large is suffering from the fragmentation 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 standardization often leads to duplication of efforts, code portability challenges, and increased cost for middleware suppliers and development consultants.
For the first time, the ARM development community will be able to standardize 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. The result is a high-quality, polished, and stable development environment.
A standardized tool will benefit the entire community, not just developers. With developers using a single, free tool, microcontroller vendors will no longer need to commit huge resources to develop their own free tools with ‘me-too’ functionality. And additionally, middleware vendors will be able to reduce their porting and maintenance costs.