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TI helps DSP OEMs save time

Posted: 19 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:texas instruments? ti? platinum edition? code composer studio integrated development environment? ide?

TI helps DSP OEMs save time

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) released the Platinum Edition of its Code Composer Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that provides a single IDE that supports multiple TI platforms in one installation and at the same cost as a single platform, saving DSP OEMs significant time and expense in the design of multiprocessor, multi-platform applications.

The new CCStudio Platinum Edition also promises to make code debugging less frustrating by introducing two new features that can save developers significant time when tracking down pervasive bugs. The CCStudio Rewind feature allows programmers to back-step through their source code with a single keystroke, while the new Connect/Disconnect feature enables developers to "hot swap" a target board in seconds to eliminate hardware suspects during debug.

"Waiting for a restart sequence when developers are deep into a debug session can feel like an eternity. The Rewind and Connect/Disconnect features both focus on eliminating downtime," said Lori Vidra, TI's eXpressDSP tools product manager. "The CCStudio Rewind and Connect/Disconnect features get rid of that stress and accelerate the overall development timeline, helping speed time to market for end products."

Many DSP applications today are growing to hundreds of thousands of lines of code with on-board support for multiple processors. These complex systems are often based on multiple DSP processors and platforms in order to achieve the necessary scale of operations, explained TI. In the past, developers using multiple DSP platforms normally had to maintain multiple toolsets for their designs. The new CCStudio Platinum Edition simplifies this process by offering a fully merged IDE supporting all TI platforms, including the TMS320C6000 DSP, TMS320C5000 DSP, TMS320C2000 DSP and OMAP platforms.

This high level of multi-platform support means a reduced investment for developers, who now have all the tools they need available at a single low purchase price. The IDE can be installed at one time for all platforms, and its integration simplifies tool maintenance and updates. Developers also benefit from parallel debug capabilities for interprocessor visualization, as well as simplified migration of software from one TI DSP platform to another under a common IDE.

In addition to the Rewind and Connect/Disconnect features, the Platinum Edition includes new and improved capabilities such as the CodeWright Editor, which gives new developers the comfort of using a familiar tool, enabling them to become productive immediately with CCStudio; the Component Manager, which lets the developer easily install and evaluate a new compiler or DSP/BIOS kernel version before committing to them in the project; tuning tools across all TI platforms; and compiler updates across all of the company's platforms that help improve cycle counts and code size, enabling developers to maximize their DSP performance.

Already available, the CCStudio Platinum Edition IDE integrates everything programmers need for application development from start to finish, including reference frameworks, project manager, code generation tools, integrated CodeWright editor, fast simulators, DSP/BIOS Real-Time OS, debug and analysis tools, drivers and software libraries, said the press release. The CCStudio Platinum Edition is available for $3,600, including 15 months of update subscription service. A free 120-day evaluation version is available on CD-ROM at TI's website.

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