Atmel Corporation (Atmel), a US-based manufacturer of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and RF components, has collaborated with IAR Systems AB (IAR Systems). The collaboration is to improve the support for Atmel's complete AT91SAM family of ARM-based Flash microcontrollers and the embedded microprocessors in the new IAR Embedded Workbench. The new powerful toolkit simplifies and accelerates the application development for Atmel's AT91SAM micros.

Among the several outstanding features of the IAR Embedded Workbench version 5.30 for ARM are improved debug facilities incorporating views of the core and peripheral registers for all the AT91SAM devices, initialization scripts for the AT91SAM devices and all compatible external memories, and debug features in embedded Flash memory. Application installment is made more efficient by single-click programming options for all the memory types like embedded Flash, external NAND, NOR, EEPROM and serial Flash. The source code for these programming algorithms is available, ready to be updated for the new memory configurations. Source code is also available for second-level boot loader, allowing it to be modified for the different memory implementations.

More than 700 fully documented project examples are available from IAR Systems website for a variety of supported AT91SAM devices, each with options for all the possible memory configurations. These can be cloned to form starting point of the customer applications, saving valuable development time and decreasing errors.

Jean-Christophe Zettel, Atmel’s applications director for ARM-based MCUs, stated, The enhanced support for our AT91SAM products provided by version 5.30 of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM is another step forward in the long-term collaboration between Atmel and IAR Systems in order to make it easier, faster and cheaper to develop AT91SAM applications. Our large and growing mutual customer base is proof of our success to date, and we intend to build on it going forward.

IAR Systems and Atmel have been working together closely for many years, but this higher level of engagement from both sides has added a new dimension of support and ease of use for AT91SAM customers, stated Anders Flodin, director business development, IAR Systems.

IAR Systems AB is a Sweden-based provider of software tools for embedded systems.