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Freescale commits to simplifying 8-bit app development

Posted: 11 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Marty Gold? Freescale Semiconductor? MCU? CodeWarrior? Development Studio?

Freescale Semiconductor is simplifying 8bit MCU product development with the introduction of its CodeWarrior Development Studio for HC(S)08 microcontrollers v5.0, giving designers and programmers the opportunity to work more efficiently and more economically.

The CodeWarrior Development Studio is the first of several Freescale Fast Track 8bit development tools and resources planned for 2006. This latest version has been re-architected to include built-in features and utilities that improve ease of use, speed and accessibility over previous versions of CodeWarrior software development tools.

Freescale expects its new range of development tools will provide customers with the needed support to get the most out of their silicon solutions and help to streamline the design process to get to market faster.

"Freescale's CodeWarrior Development Studio v5.0 sets a new standard for an out-of-the-box experience for designers," said Alan Weiss, CEO of Synchromesh Computing. "The new 'simple use model' functionality simply outpaces the competition in performance, allowing CodeWarrior Development Studio v5.0 to be one of the most flexible, broad-range tools we have ever tested. Our Synchromesh Computing engineers had no difficulties with this product and were clamoring to be part of the project. This is a testament to the CodeWarrior software development tools' heritage and the diligence of the people who designed and developed it."

With more than 100 example projects to help programmers get started, the Fast Track CodeWarrior software tools emphasize usability and allow developers to create a working project in as few as seven mouse clicks. The tools also allow switching target microcontrollers and the debug/Flash programming connection in an open project, and offer product updates and service packs available directly from Freescale's website.

"All our customers are challenged to get better products to market faster than their competition, and they need simple, yet powerful tools in order to make this happen successfully, " said Mike McCourt, VP and GM of Freescale's MCU business. "Our latest CodeWarrior Development Studio v5.0 answers customers' demands. We've made this version fast, simple and easy to access, without losing powerful features."

The Fast Track CodeWarrior tools maximize performance with ANSI C/C++ and compact C++ compilers that include more than 60 advanced optimization strategies specifically designed to boost performance and reduce code size for the HC(S)08 architecture. The high level of functionality of the C compilers is easily accessible to first-time users, featuring an enhanced Windows(R) operating system driven graphical user interface (GUI).

The new Device Initialization tool provides a fast and easy way to configure and generate initialization code. Programmers can add the code directly to their project or create a separate text file.

Fast Track CodeWarrior tools features include improved project wizard with on-screen help functions to set up a project, graphical, source level debugger, support for HC(S)08 on-chip trace, flash programming support, full-chip simulation and data visualization.

CodeWarrior Development Studio for HC(S)08 Microcontrollers v5.0 is already available. Special Edition, with limited 16K C compiler, is free of charge. Standard Edition is available for a suggested resale price of $2,394, and the Professional Edition has a suggested resale price of $4,794.

- Marty Gold

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