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ColdFire evaluation platform supports IEEE 1588

Posted: 03 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ColdFire? evaluation platform? IEEE 1588?

Freescale Semiconductor has teamed up with National Semiconductor, IXXAT Automation and CMX Systems to develop a comprehensive hardware and software evaluation platform designed to support the IEEE 1588 precision timing protocol for real-time applications.

The M5234BCCKIT hardware toolkit enables developers to evaluate embedded applications using IXXAT's IEEE 1588 protocol stack running on Freescale's ColdFire microprocessor family. The evaluation platform builds on the company's IEEE 1588 solutions previously offered for its PowerQUICC communications processors.

The IEEE 1588 protocol quickly synchronizes clocks on multiple Ethernet-connected nodes to within tens of nanoseconds for time-sensitive applications such as industrial networking and motion control.

The M5234BCCKIT includes Freescale's highly-integrated, 32bit MCF5234 processor based on the V2 ColdFire core. The device features a 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet controller and a 16- or 32-channel enhanced Time Processor Unit, suitable for motor control and many other functions. The evaluation kit also incorporates National's DP83640 PHYTER device, an Ethernet PHY transceiver, which improves the IEEE 1588 time sync accuracy by time stamping Ethernet packets as they enter the board at the PHY.

Software support includes the IEEE 1588 software stack, supplied by IXXAT, and the TCP/IP stack, supplied by CMX Systems. The standard Ethernet controller used across the ColdFire product family allows the IXXAT IEEE 1588 stack and the CMX TCP/IP stack to be ported to any ColdFire device with minimal effort.

Freescale plans to support the M5234BCCKIT evaluation kit with a complimentary version of CodeWarrior development studio for MCUs, a tool suite that supports software development for Freescale's 8- and 32bit MCUs. Designers also will be able to accelerate application development with the tool suite's Processor Expert rapid application development tool. In addition, the evaluation board is designed to support easy in-circuit debugging through a P&E Multilink background debut mode interface.

The M5234BCCKIT is available for $300.

Freescale is one of the exhibitors in the upcoming IIC-China 2008.

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