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STMicroelectronics Enhances STM32 Microcontroller Ecosystem with MadeForSTM32 Quality Label

July 12, 2019 by Scott McMahan

STMicroelectronics launched the MadeForSTM32 label for qualified, reviewed, and approved products from ST Partners in the development ecosystem.

ST has supported an open approach to maximize the choice of ecosystem products and services available to STM32 microcontroller users. The company notes that engineers designing with microcontrollers rely on the ecosystem that offers ready-to-use software examples and libraries, configuration and development tools, and circuit boards to prototype their applications and bring them into production. For many designers, the quality and effectiveness of the ecosystem is a significant factor when selecting a microcontroller manufacturer for current and future designs.

ST says its STM32 family offers an already extensive and still expanding ecosystem that provides essential software products and evaluation boards for developing with STM32 devices.

Intended to help customers find the best solution for their design, the MadeForSTM32 program will review and qualify offerings from ST Partners within the STM32 ecosystem.

According to ST, the MadeForSTM32 label now raises the bar by providing a structure for assessing key attributes of partners' ecosystem products, and the label vouches for quality, performance, and dependability.

ST also says that any ecosystem partner can submit a product for evaluation. Then, after a successful review and approval, the partner can use the MadeForSTM32 label.

Basic MadeForSTM32 Criteria

Basic criteria require IDEs to support all STM32 microcontrollers and offer an evaluation or demonstration version that may be time- or code-size limited.

Embedded software has to be compatible with the STM32Cube ecosystem and packaged as a software expansion for STM32Cube. It must also be demonstrated running on appropriate STM32 boards.

All products with the label must be currently available to any customer, and fully supported and maintained.

In addition to the large, high-quality ecosystem, developers using STM32 microcontrollers get to choose from over 900 individual device variants, including ultra-low-power STM32L and the highest-performance STM32H series, featuring Arm® Cortex® embedded cores.

The company says that MadeForSTM32 third-party products that are compatible with a broad range of STM32 devices help users easily port and scale their applications from one STM32 part to another.

"Our new MadeForSTM32 label provides robust assurances for product designers by highlighting our assessment and approval of the quality and performance of third-party ecosystem products, as well as the customer support available," said Daniel Colonna, Marketing Director, Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics. "There is added value for our ecosystem partners too, with branding using the MadeForSTM32 logo for approved products and literature, promotional opportunities, and access to the results of our technical evaluation to help drive continuous product improvement. The benefits of this program to both engineers and partners encourage significant expansion of the STM32 ecosystem with high-quality products."

ST has already assessed and endorsed the SEGGER embOS and RoweBots UNISON RTOS real-time operating systems to become the first MadeForSTM32 approved pieces of embedded software.

Other products are currently undergoing evaluation.

"After having joined the ST partner program, SEGGER was able to actively get involved in the MadeForSTM32 process," said Dirk Akemann, Partnership Marketing Manager, SEGGER. "Our Real-Time Operating System embOS is an outstanding example of efficiency and ease of use. Qualifying embOS with the MadeForSTM32 label demonstrates that it simply works. The result is an easy and seamless integration of the embOS real-time operating system into the popular STM32Cube environment."

Kim Rowe, CEO and founder of RoweBots, commented, "RoweBots has a long history working with STM32 products. Our UNISON RTOS provides our customers with a comprehensive tool to meet their needs, UNISON Software Expansion works complementarily with ST's STM32Cube developer resources that are available free of charge and can be used for fast and accurate project development."