28 Mar '13, 3pm

Making it Easier to Build Firmware

Most microcontroller manufacturers give you some kind of free development toolchain or IDE with their silicon products. Often it’s crippled, closed source, and a large download. This is pretty inconvenient when you want to have firmware that’s easy to build and distribute. I’ve found many of these toolchains to be annoying to use, and requiring closed source software to build open source firmware seems less than desirable. It’s possible to build code for most microcontrollers using command line tools. You’ll need a compiler, the device manufacturer’s libraries and header files, and some method of flashing the device. A lot of these tools are open source, which lets you have an open source toolchain that builds your project. Setting up these tools can be a bit tricky, so I’m building a set of templates to make it easier. Each template has instructions on setting up the tool...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/03/28/making-it-easier-to-build-...

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