This question was raised in the webinar "Enhance your product with industry-leading processors - for no upfront license fee.”
Yes, both DesignStart Eval and DesignStart Pro can be used for prototyping without charge. DesignStart Pro is intended for companies where as DesignStart Eval can be accessed by anybody.
I am confused when it comes to arm. I have been programming atmega2560 with success and offcourse that was easier to understand. I now want to start programming atmel sam 3x8e to develop a dvbc solution. where should i start from? where can i find progamming syntax and header files.
there are hundreds of Cortex-M0 and Cortex-M3 boards on the market today with prices ranging from $20 and above
in many trade shows you can get those boards for free
please check out any distributor website in your local region and check out the prices.
a google search for "cortex m3 dev board" will show many offers.
DesignStart does not offer any such prototype boards
For a start you can look at a range of resource in
There are many choices in term of tool chain. For example:
- Keil Microcontroller Development Kit (www.keil.com)
- IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM (www.iar.com)
- Atollic TrueStudio (https://atollic.com/truestudio/)
For Atmel (Microchip) devices you can also use Atmel Studio (free).
If your program is small (less than 32KB), you can use Keil MDK / IAR evaluation version for free. I believe TrueStudio is also free.
I believe Atmel Studio include the device headers and example. If you want to use Keil MDK or other development tools, the header files for Atmel SAM3X series are available in a CMSIS-PACK software package. To access this package in Keil MDK:
1. Download Keil MDK, install it (as admin)
2. Start the Pack installer, and download Atmel SAM3 series device support
See http://www2.keil.com/mdk5/install about how to get started.
You can also download the packs directly from https://www.keil.com/dd2/pack/
On Keil website, there are application notes that cover a wide range of topics, including getting started for certain devices. but I haven’t seen one for SAM3X.
Nohau has created a nice video of Get started with Keil MDK
From 16:09 it explains the pack installer.
Hi Jessi, just a suggestion - you posted a question about Atmel SAM3X under an unrelated thread about DesignStart, so it might be that Community members who could have good answers or suggestions for you aren't looking here. For future reference, consider posting as a new topic, so that interested Community members are more likely to see it. :)