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Thursday, December 14, 2017

ST buys Atollic to guide direction of ARM-based development tool

By Nick Flaherty

STMicroelectronics has bought software-development tools specialist Atollic for its TrueSTUDIO Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the embedded development community.

The open-source Eclipse-based IDE platform focuses on Arm Cortex-M microcontrollers such as ST’s STM32 family.

ST sees the addition of TrueSTUDIO for $7m as further strengthening its ecosystem of tools and allows it to guide the future evolution of advanced features with the STM32 ecosystem to a fully integrated software solution.

“The outstanding quality and depth of the STM32 MCU portfolio and its easy-to-use development ecosystem has positioned ST as a leader in embedded systems,” said Michel Buffa, Microcontroller Division General Manager at STMicroelectronics. “That position, and working closely with Atollic for many years as a top Gold Partner, has shown us the professional features and value TrueSTUDIO has delivered to demanding developers and will soon give STM32 developers a major competitive advantage with the availability of the STM32 TrueSTUDIO IDE for free.”

“As a leading software development tools vendor on the global market, I am delighted to see our tool and highly skilled professional team joining STMicroelectronics, a world leader in the 32-bit microcontroller market,” said Lars-Erik Stenkil, Atollic CEO.
NXP - which may become part of Qualcomm or even Broadcom - bought development tool maker Code Red for the same reason and has combined its LPC ARM-based controller tools with the Kinetis line from Freescale. This leaves IAR and Segger as the two main independent development tool suppliers.

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