8 Commonly Used Microcontroller Development Tools

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Keil is a microcontroller development environment based on Windows system, mainly used for the development and debugging of ARM Cortex-M, 8051, C251 and other microcontrollers. It provides integrated compilers, debuggers, simulators and other tools to help developers quickly create, compile and debug microcontroller programs. Keil is characterized by its simplicity, ease of use, powerful functions, and good compatibility. It is my favorite and most familiar development tool.

Keil μVision5
Keil μVision5

IAR Embedded Workbench is an integrated development environment (IDE) developed by IAR Systems for developing embedded applications. It supports a variety of microcontroller chips and processor architectures, such as ARM Cortex-M, RISC-V, AVR, 8051, etc. It also supports multiple programming languages and file formats such as C, C++, assembly language, ELF, COFF, etc. Additionally, it provides many development features, including auto-completion, code templates, debugger, simulator, performance analyzer, optimizer, and more.

IAR Embedded Workbench
IAR Embedded Workbench

STM32CubeIDE is a comprehensive development environment launched by ST Company for STM32 microcontroller development, supporting Windows and Linux systems. It has a wealth of code writing and debugging tools, such as code highlighting, debuggers, simulators, etc., and supports multiple programming languages, including C, C++, Assembly, etc.

STM32CubeIDE
STM32CubeIDE

CodeBlocks

CodeBlocks is a free open source cross-platform C/C++ integrated development environment that supports the development of a variety of microcontrollers, including AVR, ARM, PIC and other series. It is lightweight, fast, and easy to use, and it also supports a variety of plug-ins to extend its functionality. One of the advantages of CodeBlocks is its code auto-completion and code formatting features, which can help developers write programs more efficiently.

CodeBlocks
CodeBlocks

MPLAB X IDE is a comprehensive development environment launched by Microchip for PIC microcontroller development, supporting Windows, macOS and Linux systems. It has powerful code writing and debugging tools, such as code highlighting, debugger, simulator, etc., and supports multiple programming languages, including C, C++, Assembly, etc. MPLAB X IDE also provides a wealth of sample codes and project templates to help developers quickly start projects.

MPLAB X IDE
MPLAB X IDE

Arduino IDE

Arduino IDE is an open source microcontroller programming tool specifically used to write programs on the Arduino development board. It is easy to use, cross-platform, and has an integrated development environment. It also has a large number of open source libraries and sample programs that can help developers quickly write and test programs.

Arduino IDE uses simple C++ language and Arduino library, allowing developers to get started quickly and perform operations such as debugging and simulation.

Arduino IDE
Arduino IDE

Atmel Studio

Atmel Studio is a free open source integrated development environment that can be used to program AVR microcontrollers. Atmel Studio has a wealth of code writing and debugging tools, such as code highlighting, debuggers, simulators, etc., and supports multiple programming languages, including C, C++, Assembly, etc.

Atmel Studio
Atmel Studio

Code Composer Studio

Code Composer Studio™ (CCS) is a microcontroller development software for TI, which can be used to program MSP430, MSP432, TIVA, CC13xx/CC26xx and other series of microcontrollers. It has powerful code writing and debugging tools, while also supporting multiple programming languages and operating systems.

Code Composer Studio™
Code Composer Studio™

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