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Tool suite supports Freescale ColdFire cores

Posted: 02 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mentor? EDGE? integrated development environment? debugger?

Mentor Graphics Corp. has announced that its Eclipse-powered EDGE integrated development environment (IDE) and debugger now supports the ColdFire family of microprocessors and microcontrollers from Freescale Semiconductor. This gives developers designing with ColdFire an advanced, embedded tool suite for developing, compiling, debugging and deploying embedded applications quickly and cost-efficiently, the company said.

The EDGE Tool Suite, based on the Eclipse platform, provides a set of plug-ins to Eclipse. The EDGE software includes an IDE, compiler, debugger and system profiler, all of which work together to allow developers to create products from concept to deployment. The EDGE software gives embedded developers tighter tool integration, total control over the quality and stability of their applications, full control of release cycles, shorter learning curves and a common platform with desktop tools.

"The increase in customer demand for designs based on ColdFire products is a trend Mentor has watched closely. We have taken a major step forward in addressing these customers with the release of the EDGE Tool Suite for ColdFire. EDGE provides ColdFire developers a flexible and powerful platform for development of real-world, deployable applications. There is a lot of movement around ColdFire microprocessors and microcontrollers, and we are excited to be addressing the needs of these developers," said Glen Johnson, product marketing manager, Embedded Systems Division, Mentor Graphics.

The EDGE software, which includes tutorials and demos, allows users to interact with the GUI while the EDGE software is busy running background tasks such as building the user application. This is particularly useful when debugging large applications with multiple cores, as engineers typically focus on different parts of their application, concurrently.

Adhering to the Eclipse platform debug paradigm, the EDGE Debugger provides developers with a number of debugging environments.

The EDGE Debugger also provides basic execution and memory control, plus advanced debugging features such as run-mode debug and kernel awareness when using an RTOS. It also provides real-time trace, profiling, performance analysis, and code coverage for doing sophisticated code analysis. Additionally, the EDGE Debugger offers embedded developers true multicore debugging, allowing them to fully debug their complete embedded system, whether small or complex.

Licenses for the EDGE Tool Suite begin at $3,000 per seat for the IDE and debugger package.

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