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I want to get my hand dirty with ARM programming. I have 8051/PIC16F/PIC18F programing experience. I searched about ARM and find STM32 series cheap. But before buying i want to get handy with it via some kind of simulator similar to proteous from labcenter.com. I searched about it but could not find any thing useful. Could some one please refer me to some good simulation based development environment for ARM preferably STM32 series. Thanks

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    \$\begingroup\$ You can get a simulator for an arm core of various varieties, but probably not for all the peripherals. STM32 isn't one device, its a family spanning at least three cores (Cortex M3, M0, and M4), and numerous slight peripheral variations - which one do you need? At $10, just get one of the boards and try the real thing. Where you need to test program logic, cross compile for your development machine. \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Stratton Mar 8 '13 at 13:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ It is very difficult to find ARM in my local market(Pakistan) I have to import it and I have no idea about it. So before importing I want to get complete atleast some basic learning about ARM. Any suggestion about the starting point? \$\endgroup\$ – Abdul Rehman Mar 9 '13 at 9:12
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You can use Qemu for simulation. It may have an STM32 simulator inside. Or just use Proteus. I always use the free Demonstration version to play with various MCUs.

I find this ARM tutorial very helpful for me. It is created by Miro Samek, one of the most famous embedded guru and the author of the book "Practical UML Statecharts in C/C++: Event-Driven Programming for Embedded Systems". This video series is available on youtube. You can get the link from Miro's blog.

This blog is an excellent introduction to QEMU with ARM.

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