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Wind River boosts Eclipse support in updated Workbench

Posted: 06 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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With added support for the Eclipse framework, Wind River Systems' Workbench 2.6 release lets users integrate Wind River tools into existing development projects or workflows, or install the tools into pre-existing Eclipse applications. The new integrated development environment (IDE) release also boosts multicore debugging support.

Steven Heintz, director of product management for development tools at Wind River, noted that Workbench can now be installed as a set of plug-ins to an existing Eclipse 3.2 installation. That's true even if the installation comes from a competitor, he said.

Additionally, the Workbench 2.6 release offers compatibility with Eclipse C/C++ Development Tools (CDT), allowing users to have both CDT projects and Workbench projects in the same Eclipse shell. The new version of Workbench is based on Eclipse version 3.2.1, an upgrade from the version 3.1 used in Workbench 2.5.

"The base part of Eclipse is really getting to a level of maturity where we can feel comfortable delivering it as part of our commercial product," Heintz said. The real differentiation now, he said, is not in editors and compilers, but in "unique" value-added offerings such as analysis tools and kernel configuration tools.

The Workbench 2.6 release also adds support for the Eclipse Java Development Toolkit (JDT), marking the first Java support for Workbench. Heintz noted that many developers of consumer devices are using Java, and this addition allows them to stay in a single development environment, he said.

Heintz also noted that Wind River now has a new probe and trace tool that supports up to one million lines of code buffering. This lets users connect to a single JTAG core and debug multiple cores on the same die, working through a color-coded environment.

"I believe we're the only device software company to provide this level of multicore debug support through JTAG, and integrated into our editor environment," Heintz said. "With GDB, you have to launch multiple sessions in multiple windows and you don't have a lot of context to tie things together."

New Wind River Linux platform integration plug-ins for Workbench 2.6 include a Linux patch manager and uClibc, a small footprint version of the GNU C library. New VxWorks plug-ins include on-chip debugging support, improved performance of VxWorks image projects, and an enhanced kernel object viewer.

Workbench 2.6 will be available next week.

- Richard Goering
EE Times

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