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ARM releases MDK for Infineon XMC1000

CAMBRIDGE, UK, FEB 25, 2014 – ARM® today announced that Infineon has licensed the Keil® Microcontroller Development Kit (MDK) Silicon Vendor Edition. Developers now get free access to professional software tools for the Infineon XMC1000 microcontroller series, further accelerating the transition from 8 and 16-bit architectures to 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M0 processors.
Richard York, vice president, embedded CPU Marketing, ARM said: "Microcontrollers based on ARM 32-bit Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M0+ processors are already widely used and offer many tangible benefits over 8 and 16-bit devices used in the past. By providing free professional tools with their XMC1000 microprocessors, Infineon has removed a significant barrier for budget-limited projects to use the most suitable microcontrollers in their designs, and delivered a superior solution to the free entry-level tools often provided for 8 and 16-bit devices."

About the MDK Silicon Vendor Edition for ARM Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M0+ processors

The Keil MDK is the most comprehensive software development system for ARM® processor-based microcontroller applications. Based on Keil MDK Version 5, the MDK for Infineon XMC1000 includes the genuine ARM C/C++ Compiler, the CMSIS-RTOS RTX Kernel and the µVision IDE/Debugger. The ARM C/C++ Compiler is leading in code density as well as execution performance and is further optimized for embedded applications with the MicroLIB run-time library. Infineon XMC1000 Starter Kits provide on-board debug hardware that connects via USB to the µVision Debugger. For direct connection to XMC1000 target hardware the ULINK Debug/Trace Adapters are available.

The Infineon XMC1000 family addresses industrial applications which, to date were reserved for 8-bit microcontrollers. XMC1000 MCUs feature high-performance peripherals including PWM timers, 12-bit A/D converters, programmable serial communication interfaces, touch control, LED interfaces, and acceleration for motor control. These sophisticated peripherals are configured with the popular Infineon DAVE™ development platform. DAVE generates a Software Pack that integrates with MDK and accelerates software development with building blocks for a wide range of application use cases.

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"MDK for Infineon XMC1000 gives software developers access to the well-known and easy to use Keil software development environment," said Maurizio Skerlj, Senior Director Industrial Microcontrollers, Infineon Technologies. "The Cortex-M0 processor-based Infineon XMC1000 family contains flexible and high performance peripherals that can be easily configured using Infineon's DAVE™ platform. Using these configurations along with additional software components available in MDK further accelerates software development."