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Raisonance development tool supports ST's MCUs

Posted: 16 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? development tool? microcontroller? Raisonance? RLink?

STMicroelectronics announced a low-cost application development tool, which enables debugging and programming across a complete range of ST's 8bit to 32bit microcontroller (MCU) families.

Developed by Raisonance, the RLink tool supports the ST7, 8051-based micro-PSD and ARM-based STR7 MCUs, and is said to be the first such product in the market to extend its capabilities across three major MCU families.

With a recommended price of $59, this new development tool removes the need for users to buy and learn a new toolset when developing for a different family It provides the freedom to choose the optimum device for the application from the full range of microcontrollers in ST's three major MCU families, said the press release. Costs for developers building applications from different families, in particular, can be cut dramatically, added the company.

RLink connects to target application or evaluation boards using a standard JTAG connection for STR7 and micro-PSD systems, and an ICC (ST's In-Circuit Communication protocol) connection for ST7 systems. 10-, 14- and 20-pin adapters for the three families are included in the kit. It is powered through its USB connection to the host PC and needs no separate power supply.

The compact hardware is driven by the Raisonance Integrated Development Environment (RIDE), which provides seamless control of the software development tools through a graphical user interface. RIDE supports development and debugging of STR7, micro-PSD and ST7 microcontroller applications by providing full integration of the relevant C or C/C++ toolsets, plus project management, a code editor, SIMICE instruction set simulator and high-level language debugger.

In addition, said ST, the easy-to-use RFlasher standalone programming tool, included as part of the kit, drives the RLink enabling users to erase, program, view and verify the memory of ST7 and STR7 MCUs. For ST7 application developers, the RLink can also be driven by development and programming software in ST's free ST7 toolset, including ST7 Visual Develop and ST7 Visual Programmer.

The RLink (ST ordering code: STX-RLINK), offering unlimited debugging and programming for ST7 and micro-PSD and unlimited programming of STR7 microcontrollers, is available at $59. The package includes the RLink debugger and programmer, JTAG/ICC adapters, USB cable and RIDE/RFlasher software CD.

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