ARM Programming

Contributors: M-Short, Ell C
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Heads up! This tutorial was written for ARM microcontrollers with SWD or JTAG pins. You will need a dedicated programmer (i.e. J-Link EDU Mini or J-Link EDU Base) to connect to the port. If you are using an AVR microcontroller with an Arduino bootloader using ICSP pins, you'll need to head on over to the Installing an Arduino Bootloader tutorial.

SparkFun has been a fan of Arduino for a long time. We've programmed ATMega328s (and 168s, and 8s before that), written tutorials, and hacked all sorts of fun projects. But now the market is maturing and we are looking at a lot more ARM chips. One advantage of the newer chips is that they generally do not need a USB-to-serial adapter; instead they have USB built in (at least the ones we are using do). You still need to add a bootloader to use them with Arduino, and since ARM programmers are also a little more complicated than AVR programmers you'll want to invest in a stand alone programmer instead of trying to use the Uno you have laying around.

A few ARM boards:

The Due: Arduino's first ARM board MKR Vidor 4000: One of Arduino's newer Arm boards RedBoard Turbo: One of SparkFun's newer boards SAMD21 Dev Mini: One of SparkFun's ARM boards SAMD51 Thing Plus board: SparkFun's newest ARM board

Required Materials

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