|The ARM microcontrollers are High-Performance, 16/32-Bit RISC Core devices. ARM market is one of the most fastest growing microcontroller market. The prices of ARM devices now are similar to 8-bit devices, while they are providing much more power and peripherials than any other 8-bit microcontroller do.
They are available from number of vendors like: Analog Devices, Atmel, Cirrus Logic, OKI, Philips Semiconductors, ST Microelectronics, Texas Instruments and many others (Intel, Freescale, Samsung, Sharp, Hynix, etc).
Many experts say that in the next 5 years ARMs are going to replace the industry standard 8051 architecture in almost all applications.
Olimex aim is to provide low cost development tools and boards for as many ARM vendors as possible, this year we’ll cover all above 7 vendors and will have more than 40 different development boards for ARM7 and ARM9 device.
Few years ago to start with ARM developing the companies had to spend tenths of thousands of USD to buy compiler, debugger/emulator and development board, now everybody who want’s to learn ARMs can start with under $100 budged buying JTAG + Development board and using the free ARM GCC C compiler.
Very fast: most ARM7 cores run at 60Mhz and ARM9 cores run at 150Mhz+ providing more power than old 386 Intel processors. Low power: ARM7 cores need only approx 0.5-1mA per Mhz Great range of peripherials: ADC, DAC, USB, SPI, UART, I2C, CAN, Ethernet, SDRAM. Lot of internal Flash: 32KB-1MB, Lot of internal RAM: 4-256KB.