IAR Systems and The Qt Company collaborate on UI development

IAR Systems and The Qt Company have announced a partnership to streamline the development of user interfaces (UIs) in connected applications.

IAR Systems supplies software tools and services for embedded development and The Qt Company provides tools for creating graphical user interfaces (GUIs). The partnership will enable the companies’ joint customers to more easily create fluid GUI applications with high performance and ensured code quality, IAR Systems said.

Target areas within the embedded industry include connected vehicles, wearables, smart homes, industrial and healthcare devices. Here, devices need smart user features and innovative UIs. Application developers must be able to deliver an advanced, yet intuitive, user experience while ensuring applications behave as intended.

These demands can be met using IAR Systems’ IAR Embedded Workbench and Qt for MCUs. The Embedded Workbench is a complete C/C++ development toolchain which offers optimisations for size and speed and extensive debug functionality with a fully integrated debugger with simulator and hardware debugging support. Qt for MCUs offers a comprehensive UI toolkit leveraging Qt’s QML (Qt Modeling Language) technology and tooling to provide a fast, iterative way to deliver smartphone-like GUI on microcontrollers, where the front end is defined in declarative QML and business logic implemented in C/C++.

“IAR Systems and Qt already share many customers and we are excited to now announce this partnership,” says Anders Holmberg, general manager, Embedded Development Tools, IAR Systems. “Through this partnership, we can help companies to boost their productivity and focus on innovation,” he added.

Petteri Holländer, senior vice president, product management, The Qt Company, added “With the introduction of Qt for MCUs, customers can now use Qt for almost any software project they’re working on, and by also offering an integration with IAR Embedded Workbench, we make it even easier to develop connected devices across a wide and diverse range of industries.”

An integration of IAR Embedded Workbench and Qt for MCUs will be available mid-2020.


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