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  Date: 23/09/2009

ARM Cortex-M3 based ZigBee development and debugging platform for Embedded apps

IAR Systems and Ember have joined to deliver a ZigBee development and debugging platform for sensing and control applications such as wireless smart metering and home automation.

Ember has launched the EM35x InSight development kit, built around ARM Cortex-M3 processor technology and comes with the latest version of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM, and includes hardware, network development and debugging software, compiler and EmberZNet PRO networking stack for embedded applications. A unique component of the software is the Ember AppBuilder tool that enables to build ZigBee certifiable applications using both ZigBee public application profiles and custom applications.

IAR Embedded Workbench incorporates IAR C/C++ compiler for ARM Cortex-M3, assembler, linker, librarian, text editor, project manager, and debugger in an integrated development environment (IDE) for programming embedded applications, and delivers a high-performance compiled code. The chip-specific code optimizer generates efficient and reliable flashable code for ARM Cortex-M3 devices.

The toolset is renowned across the industry for its efficient code generation characteristics, an essential aspect of wireless systems incorporating battery operated devices.

"There are strong initiatives around the world for implementing smart energy and home control solutions, including smart meters and in home devices, to address the growing gap between energy demand and supply as well as to increase consumer comfort, convenience and security," said Robert LeFort, CEO of Ember. "IAR and Ember tools are renowned for being best in class, and together they offer the fastest time to market for developers building ZigBee products."

"The home automation and smart metering markets are very important for us.", comments Stefan Skarin, Chief Executive Officer, IAR Systems. He continues, "We have a growing number of customers that need to quickly design products and bring them to market. Ember's EM35x Insight ZigBee Development Kit allows the quick prototyping of new designs based on a proven platform and perfectly complements our verified tool sets."

EM35x development kit: $2,500 USD at the base level
Availability: 30-day evaluation edition of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM, V5.40. A version with a permanent license is also available.

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