Question: ARM chips can be a royal pain to get started with, if your chip or library requirements are odd; you need a completely different version of gcc just for every little thing. :P
Answer. I just worked with an ARM-based MCU from Energy Micro and had no problems with the libraries for the IAR compiler. They did what I expected and made it easy to configure the chip. Energy Micro could give more information about some aspects of using the peripherals, though.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.