ARM is a Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC). It is Advance Risc Machine (ARM). This is 32 bit architecture. ARM care is developed by ARM Ltd., an UK based company. ARM Processors are widely used embedded system industry. ARM processor is known for their low power consumption, high performance processors. ARM is specially used in hand held devices. ARM core is developed by ARM Ltd. ARM has distributed license to different silicon vendors. ARM processor based chips are available from ATMEL, NXP, ST, TI etc.

ARM Processor has following family
ARM7
ARM9
ARM10
ARM11
CORTEX
XSCALE (from intel)
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ARM PROCESSOR
Last Edited: DEC-2008
ARM DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
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The toolchain consists of the GNU binutils, compiler set (GCC) and debugger (Insight for Windows and Linux, GDB only for MacOS). Newlib is used for the C library. The toolchain includes the C and C++ compilers
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Green hills provide tools for almost all 32 bit processors. Green hills IDE name is MULTI. 

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IAR provide development tools not only for ARM but for AVR, 8051, MSP430, ColdFire etc. Visit IAR site for complete detail.

IAR WORKBENCH PART 1

IAR WORKBENCH PART 2
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(32KB FREE LIFE PERIOD)
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Windiver is one of the oldest tools provider. windriver is famus for RTOS vxworks more. windriver give workbench for ARM, POWER etc
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Raisonance has developed, in co-operation with STMicroelectronics, a toolset (software and hardware) for the ST7 and STM8 family
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CrossWorks
from
Rowley Associates
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CrossWorks for ARM is a complete C/C++ and assembly code development system for ARM7, ARM9, XScale, and Cortex-M3 microcontrollers
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Phyton offers a complete development tool solution for a variety of ARM microcontrollers from Atmel, NXP/Philips, STMicroelectronics, Stelaris, Oki, Analog Devices, and others.
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FREE / OPEN SOURCE RTOS FOR ARM
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  OPEN SOURCE
Open source, Unix like OS. Well suited for embedded system also. Linux has many distributions like debian, ubantu, fedora etc. But most famus for embedded system is debian.
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Portable open source real time kernel.
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The Linux/Microcontroller project is a port of Linux to systems without a Memory Management Unit (MMU)
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eCos is an open source, royalty-free, real-time operating system intended for embedded applications. The highly configurable nature of eCos allows the operating system to be customised to precise application requirements, delivering the best possible run-time performance and an optimised hardware resource footprint. A thriving net community has grown up around the operating system ensuring on-going technical innovation and wide platform support
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FEATURES OF ARM PROCESSOR

· 
RISC architecture
·  Low power consumption
·  Large register file
·  Most instructions are executed in single cycle only.
·  ARM has hardware support for JAVA. JAVA code is directly processed by hardware. So power consumption is very much reduced.
   Jezelle is the name of technology which is responsible for that.
·  ARM also has 16 bit instruction core called Thumb. This help to write low density code.
·  Advance ARM core also equipped with Floating point unit called as VFP (Vector Floating Point). VFP is present in ARM10 core and
   above versions of cores.

NAME OF SOME ARM CHIPS

LPC2148 (ARM7 core, from NXP, best for start learning ARM processor)
AT91RM9200 (ARM9 core, from ATMEL, good to start ARM9 core)

FREE TOOLS FOR STUDENTS / HOBBYIST FOR ARM PROCESSOR
Compiler:
GCC For ARM
IDE: Eclipse
Debugger: ARM-USB-OCD

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Vxworks
from
WindRiver
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The Wind River VxWorks platforms are complete, flexible, optimized COTS development and run-time platforms that work out of the box and across the enterprise. The platforms provide a powerful, scalable development and on-chip debugging environment built on open standards and industry-leading tools; the industry's most trusted commercial grade real-time operating system (RTOS); and tightly integrated run-time technologies.
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INTEGRITY
from Green hills
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The INTEGRITY® operating system technology is the most secure technology in the world having been certified by the NSA-managed NIAP lab to EAL6+ High Robustness. No other commercial operating system has attained his level of security. No other commercial operating system has entered into an evaluation at EAL6+ High Robustness.
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montavista Linux
Commercial Linux MontaVista Linux delivers the time-to-market advantages of a proprietary platform along with the control that would be expected from open source Linux. As a pre-tested, integrated platform, MontaVista Linux can be installed quickly and developers can be up and running right away. But as a Linux platform, development teams have complete control, with the ability to customize the platform using home-grown code, or modules from the vast libraries available to the Linux community.
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THREADX
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ThreadX is Express Logic's advanced Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) designed specifically for deeply embedded applications. ThreadX has many advanced features, including its picokernel™ architecture, preemption-threshold,™ event-chaining,™ and a rich set of system services. Combined with its superior ease-of-use, ThreadX is the ideal choice for the most demanding of embedded applications
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QNX




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What makes QNX Neutrino realtime operating system (RTOS) so remarkable? It's a true microkernel operating system. Under QNX Neutrino, every driver, application, protocol stack, and file system runs outside the kernel, in the safety of memory-protected user space. Fault resilience is built right in. As a result, virtually any component can fail - and be automatically restarted - without affecting other components or the kernel. No other commercial RTOS provides such protection
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