ARM moves development tools to the cloud

June 03, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
ARM moves development tools to the cloud
The Keil Studio Cloud from ARM will run in a browser but connect to IoT boards on the desktop in an open beta

ARM is moving its Keil Studio development tool to the cloud in an open beta programme, using what it learned from its mBed project.

The Keil Studio Cloud is the first component of the next-generation Keil tool suite. The early access beta will allow developers to use the Keil Studio workflow with a limited set of supported development boards and features. The tool will evolve over several software releases through a combination of desktop and cloud interfaces.

The IDE development environment runs in a browser and connects directly to boards on the desktop. There is no complicated tool installation, and example projects along with the related resources are always up to date so developers can have code running on a device within minutes.

The suite also includes direct Git integration enabling distributed teams, collaborative development and modern workflows that use ARN’s modelling technology.

The flexible cloud-hosted development first introduced by the Mbed Online Compiler is used with reusable software components and run-control debug.

A portal for the broader software ecosystem to collaborate on, submit examples and share feedback will be available in a later release in 2021, says Reinhard Keil, senior director of embedded tools, Development Solutions Group at ARM.

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A recent Forrester report commissioned by ARM illustrates that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) developing or adopting IoT-enabled devices, or applications, are very keen to collaborate with third parties to leverage existing solutions and technologies to accelerate deployment, with 98% of those surveyed reporting challenges across all stages of development.

“We believe the next, and most exciting, phase of IoT is upon us, and this will broaden access to the software and tools that will spark the industry’s true potential,” said Keil.

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