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August 06, 2012

IAR Systems' Embedded Workbench Delivers Best CoreMark Scores for ARM Cortex-M4 Microcontroller

IAR Systems, a supplier of software tools for developing embedded systems applications, announced that its IAR Embedded Workbench has delivered the best CoreMark scores for an ARM (News - Alert) Cortex-M4 microcontroller. This achievement ensures that IAR Systems offers the industry-standard tool suite that best allows developers to generate the most compact code.

These CoreMark results reveal that, using IAR Embedded Workbench allows developers to generate code that executes faster than before. CoreMark is a simple and sophisticated benchmark designed specifically to test the functionality of a processor core. CoreMark is developed by EEMBC (News - Alert), a not-for-profit industry association for embedded microprocessor benchmarks.

STMicroelectronics is offering the STM32F417 product as a part of its high-performance STM32 F4 series. The company has designed STM32 F4 series for demanding applications such as consumer audio accessories, industrial motor control, power management, medical equipment and security. The series is based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core with Floating Point Unit (FPU) and, in addition to low-power consumption.

With an operating frequency of 168MHz, the IAR Embedded Workbench’s benchmark reached the highest score on Cortex-M-based products running from embedded Flash memory: 2.98 CoreMark/MHz and a total CoreMark score of 501. The latest version of Workbench for ARM includes major speed optimizations now proven on hardware.

In a press release, Daniel Colonna, marketing director for eight- and 32-bit Microcontrollers at STMicroelectronics (News - Alert), said, “End customers demand more and more functionality from today’s embedded device. Our STM32 F4 series includes the highest performing ARM Cortex-M-based microcontrollers available on the market today, and the performance and powerful optimizations that IAR Embedded Workbench brings to the table ensure that the developer can make the most of its capabilities.”

STMicroelectronics recently assigned a patent developed by Guido Bertoni, Carnate, Italy, and Jefferson E. Owen, Carrollton, Texas, for an "implementation of AES encryption circuitry with CCM (News - Alert).”

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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