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Metrowerks analysis tool simplifies PlayStation2 development

Posted: 18 Sep 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Metrowerks? playstation2? codewarrior analysis tool? cat? zero intrusion profiling technology?

Metrowerks Corp. claims to have simplified and improved application development for PlayStation2 developers with the launch of CodeWarrior Analysis Tools (CATS) with Zero Intrusion Profiling (ZIP) technology for the Sony Computer Entertainment Performance Analyzer (PA).

The ZIP technology is compatible with the CodeWarrior Game Development and Analysis Tools (CATS) for PlayStation2, and is designed to allow the user to pinpoint code bottlenecks without impacting the cache or taxing machine memory. Implementing the technology provides detailed profiling information without adding runtime overhead to the application.

ZIP technology is designed to analyze the trace data collected by the logic analyzer hardware, gather profile information, and measure performance on Sony's Emotion Engine (EE) processor, eliminating the need for PC sampling or instrumentation. It also helps developers detect synchronization issues by displaying complete timing for the EE processor, including time spent in interrupt handlers and in the PlayStation2 kernel. The collected information is processed offline, eliminating the need to connect directly to the PA target.

The upgrade cost for current CATS users is $1,500, which includes support. New users can purchase CodeWarrior Analysis Tools with ZIP for $5,700, which includes one year of support and upgrades.

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