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TI code composer tool offers embedded emulation

Posted: 05 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Eclipse-based IDE? code composer tool? MSP430 MCU?

Spurred by the rapid adoption of its initial Eclipse-based IDE for MSP430 MCUs, Texas Instruments Inc. has released the Code Composer Essentials (CCEssentials) v3. CCEssentials v3 for MSP430 provides major upgrades designed to enhance performance, emulation and ease-of-use, all at a very low cost. Leveraging the design flexibility and interoperability enabled by the Eclipse open source platform, designers can easily integrate plug-ins for a highly customized, interoperable and flexible IDE.

CCEssentials streamlines the design process with a more intuitive interface combined with C code density and debugging capabilities. Major upgrades include optimizations and improvements focused on improving design flow, simplifying debugging and verification and speeding time-to-market while keeping system costs low.

The new solution offers increased ease-of-use, said TI. Streamlined options dialog boxes reduce the number of steps required for commonly performed design tasks. Additionally, developers have consolidated access to other MSP430 compilers tools such as the MSPGCC GNU tool chain through a single IDE.

For advanced embedded emulation, the devices' comprehensive support of MSP430 MCU's on-chip capabilities, including non-intrusive code execution with real-time hardware capabilities, including breakpoints and stack trace, resulting in faster emulation and more efficient debugging in all lower modes. Complex triggers on bus values and control over clocks on a peripheral basis dramatically enhance control over the device.

Replacing the GDB debugger with the TI CCStudio Debug Server yields up to 200 percent faster performance for tasks such as downloading applications, single-stepping, and refreshing registers and variables.

The device's updated C-code syntax: Allows developers to directly import code without modification from the rich diversity of code examples, libraries and demos from TI and TI third parties.

The new tool also offers support for all MSP430 MCU generations, allowing developers to utilize the suited device for their needs, including the extended memory (up to 1Mbyte flash) capabilities of MSP430X architecture such as the MSP430F261x.

CCEssentials v3 (MSP-CCE430) is free and supports up to 16K bytes of code space. CCEssentials Pro v3 (MSP-CCE430PRO) features unlimited C and assembly code space starting at $499 for a single seat. CCEssentials v3 is now available for download or from authorized TI distributors.

The CCEssentials IDE is based on version 3.2 of the Eclipse open source development platform, which offers developers the freedom of choice in tool integration, software modeling and testing in a multi-language, platform and vendor environment. Eclipse's plug-in based framework and customizable tools simplifies the creation and integration of software tools by designers and third parties to reduce development time and investment.

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