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Arm Mbed OS 6.0 released today

The Arm Mbed team is delighted to announce the release of Mbed OS 6, our first major release in almost four years. We have invested heavily to add the features required for today’s IoT devices, and to back those features up with state of the art tooling to simplify development of IoT and embedded products. You can use Mbed OS 6 now in Mbed Studio, the Mbed Online Compiler, Mbed CLI and directly from the Mbed OS GitHub repository.

This blog covers:

  • Stable and mature APIs
  • Board support for the most popular boards
  • Custom hardware
  • Community supported boards
  • Bare Metal Profile
  • Cloud services support

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Custom and community board support for Mbed OS 6

As initially explained in an earlier post, we’re introducing a few changes in Mbed OS 6 to increase the quality of the platforms that Arm Mbed is officially supporting.

For the reasons we shared in the blog, community-contributed platforms will no longer be maintained in the mainline Mbed OS repository. Fortunately, developers can continue to use community boards in the upcoming version of Mbed OS 6. It simply needs to be done in a slightly different way, through a new concept known as custom board introduced in Mbed OS 5.

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Mbed OS bare metal profile

We introduced the bare metal profile in Mbed OS 5.12 to offer memory constrained devices a subset of Mbed OS’s rich features. This configuration of Mbed OS excludes the RTOS and several other features and gives developers a higher degree of control over their application.

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Removal of ARM Compiler 5 and uARM toolchain

As announced in previous posts, we’re introducing many changes ahead of the Mbed OS 6 release to improve the quality of the code and user experience. A major focus is making the code base more maintainable and easier to use. We started by removing a large number of deprecated APIs. With this work almost complete,  we’re now removing references of unsupported or deprecated tools.

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Increase the quality of platform support for Mbed 6

As initially mentioned in an earlier post, we’re introducing a few changes in Mbed OS 6. It’s our priority to continue to improve the developer experience – this depends on the quality of hardware and software support of Mbed platforms and the work we’re doing with our partners on delivering the best support we can.

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Building Stability - Mbed OS API Life Cycle

Overview

Back in October 2019 we announced the plan to change the Mbed OS release process and the monthly release cadence has now been running since the beginning of this year. This is just one of the changes being implemented on the run up to the next version of Mbed OS.

A lot of work is currently ongoing to remove deprecated APIs from Mbed OS 6 and to ensure that Mbed OS can provide a stable environment for production devices and, to ensure stability can be maintained, a modification to the API Life Cycle is being introduced.

The need to add a mechanism to introduce experimental APIs was proposed to the mbed partner governance forum along with a proposed solution and the forum granted its approval.

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Partner Spotlight - Nuvoton - IoT Simplified Through Joint Innovation

Come and join us for a talk with Morgan Du, Principle Engineer, Nuvoton to discuss various solutions that Nuvoton is providing for the IoT industry. Nuvoton is a leading provider of semiconductor solutions and platforms leveraging Arm technologies and their products are used in a number of devices satisfying a variety of use cases across industry verticals.

During this session, we will be discussing the Nuvoton NuMaker IoT Platforms and development kits that are using Arm Mbed OS and support Pelion Device Management services. We will also be showcasing how you can use these reference designs to build and manage your smart IoT devices and applications.

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Removal of deprecated APIs

As some of you probably noticed, since Mbed OS 5.15 release we started removing deprecated APIs from the codebase. That's part of our cleanup efforts that will culminate in the next major Mbed release later this year.

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New mbed-os issue template

We recently introduced a new issue template for issues raised in the mbed-os GitHub repository.

This blog post will provide guidance on how we would like to see it filled in. Adhering to the guidance is important for a number of reasons:

  • The information requested is required in order for an engineer to be able to reproduce an issue and attempt a fix
  • The quality of information provided gives guidance to other mbed-os users and allows them to determine if perhaps an issue they are also seeing, is either the same or related.
  • The better the information the easier it is for the triaging engineers to determine the severity of the issue and thus correctly plan the resources and time frame required to fix it
  • Some basic validation of the fields will be automated and polite requests added to the comments if anything is deemed to be missing or of insufficient detail. Issues will not be mirrored to our internal defect handling flow (and thus planned) until they are deemed to contain sufficient information. Unmirrored issues are unlikely to be investigated.

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Working towards the next version of Mbed OS

Some of the more curious amongst you may have noticed a new external Mbed OS release a couple of weeks ago on GitHub and we thought we’d give an update on what we’re doing in the Mbed OS team currently.

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