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Emulator speeds up design time

Posted: 21 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:stmicroelectronics? st? st7mdt25-dvp3? in-circuit emulator? emulator?

STMicroelectronics unveiled the ST7MDT25-DVP3 in-circuit emulator for its ST72561 microcontroller (MCU) family that provides start-to-finish development support for automotive, industrial and consumer applications based on the ST72561, including real-time emulation, debugging and in-circuit programming.

"The addition of the ST7MDT25-DVP3 emulator to the DVP3 series allows ST72561 developers to dramatically cut their time to market," said Colin Long, Marketing Director of ST's Microcontroller Division. "This is a powerful but affordable development solution, especially when linked to the advanced STVD7 software package, which is available free to users."

ST added that the DVP3 emulator series meets the growing need for affordable yet powerful debugging tools. Its modular design is based on a common main emulation board (MEB) which provides communication and interface capabilities, coupled with a target emulation board (TEB) dedicated to a single family of ST7 devices. The cables, adapters and connectors linking the emulator to the application board are provided in adapter kits specific to each target family.

The tools deliver powerful real-time emulation capability, with support for debugging features such as trace and advanced breakpoint control. All take advantage of the ICC (in-circuit communication) bus of the ST7 to provide both in-circuit debugging and programming. By using the ICC interface with the ST7 Visual Develop software (STVD7), developers can program the MCU on its application board, debugging the software while it runs on the target MCU. Refining the application on the target ST7 in this way, as it nears the end of the development cycle, ensures conformity of electrical characteristics and simplifies interfacing with the application hardware, the company explained.

The ST7MDT25-DVP3 is priced around $1,000, depending on options.

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