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Andy Neil
12/01/10 03:56
  12/01/10 04:05

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#179785 - Cheaper?
Responding to: Per Westermark's previous message
Jecksons Ben said:
Why lot of experimenter moving to ARM? It's that ARM processor lower price that orginal MCS-51 and became standard of product?

Per Westermark said:
No - not cheaper.

That should be: not necessarily cheaper!

Some ARM-based chips (particularly the low-end Cortex-M3/0) are cheaper that some 8051/2 derivatives (particularly the high-end ones);

On the other hand, some 8051/2 derivatives (particularly the low-end ones) will always be cheaper than ARMs.

The same could probably be said of any other 8-bit architecture.

But the particular interest for Hobbyists, I think, is that there are currently some extremely good deals available on ARM kits; eg, this one (STM32) for under US$10:

$10 STM32 DevKit

Note that includes full on-chip debug, and all pins accessible on 0.1" pitch;
You get a Cortex-M3 with 128KB Flash, 8KB RAM;
It can be powered from the USB - so you don't even need a separate power supply!

Why would a Hobbyist bother with anything else?!

As I've said before, this is a (relatively) new market, so the players are fighting hard to establish themselves & their products - it remains to be seen whether these prices are sustainable...

I guess I should clarify here that I am not affiliated to ST in any way, and this is not sponsored or endorsed by them. Other ARM vendors also have very competetive, low-cost devkits available.

List of 32 messages in thread
[ARM] Any good introduction to ARM assembler?      Jan Waclawek      12/01/10 02:57      
   Every experimenters moving to ARM??      JecksonS Ben      12/01/10 03:12      
      Large span of capabilities with same tools etc      Per Westermark      12/01/10 03:34      
         Cheaper?      Andy Neil      12/01/10 03:56      
            Depends on how to compare      Per Westermark      12/01/10 05:27      
               How very true      Andy Neil      12/01/10 05:53      
               a caveat      Erik Malund      04/20/11 08:12      
                  Picking the right tool for the job.      Christoph Franck      04/21/11 02:08      
                     sometimes you are not the picker      Erik Malund      04/21/11 08:51      
                        Cortex NVIC behavior.      Christoph Franck      04/21/11 10:57      
                           the way I read it      Erik Malund      04/21/11 14:02      
                              A question if registers needs to be saved      Per Westermark      04/22/11 01:19      
                              Possible cases:      Christoph Franck      04/26/11 01:38      
         luckly      JecksonS Ben      12/01/10 05:32      
            Lucky??      Andy Neil      12/01/10 05:49      
      don't know about experimenters, but ...        Erik Malund      01/04/11 05:35      
         Easier to jump between many architectures now      Per Westermark      01/04/11 07:13      
   Have you tried...      Andy Neil      12/01/10 03:59      
      Is this a way to say "no"? ;-)      Jan Waclawek      12/01/10 06:03      
         In the absence of a recommendation...      Andy Neil      12/01/10 06:22      
   ARM assembly is fairly "plain" ...      Christoph Franck      12/01/10 05:55      
      RealView      Andy Neil      12/01/10 06:01      
      shorter, better...      Jan Waclawek      12/01/10 06:19      
         Just dive right in.      Christoph Franck      12/02/10 01:30      
            Not trivial either      Per Westermark      12/02/10 08:19      
               Valid points, but ...      Christoph Franck      12/03/10 04:15      
            none, then?      Jan Waclawek      12/02/10 13:43      
   related thread on LPC2000 yahoo group      Jan Waclawek      01/04/11 05:10      
   Erik found something      Andy Neil      03/09/11 10:48      
   Re: [ARM] Any good introduction to ARM assembler?      Gopal Amlekar      03/12/11 01:06      
   Check this link      AP Charles      04/23/11 05:50      
      Why? How is it relevant?      Andy Neil      04/23/11 08:45      

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