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IDE platform supports NEC All Flash MCUs

Posted: 16 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microcontroller? flash? integrated development environment? IDE tool?

NEC Electronics has released the CubeSuite, an integrated development environment (IDE) that combines all the tools necessary to develop applications for NEC's 8- through 32bit All Flash microcontrollers into a single platform.

CubeSuite integrates features and tools such as a code generator, compiler and assembler, debugger, and flash programmer, enabling designers to perform all development using just the CubeSuite platform without the need to use separate tools.

The new platform also supports the entire manufacturing process from design, debug and flash-writing deployment, offering support for quick systems development.

CubeSuite saves designers time and money by eliminating steps needed to initiate the development process and by shortening development cycles.

By standardizing the operations performed during the entire development process and sharing a common screen, tools are seamlessly integrated, making it easier to switch from one to another, even in the middle of an operation. The CubeSuite IDE also provides a user interface that allows designers to customize their own icons and window layouts to suit their preferences.

Design tools assist in layout design for multipurpose pins, and a GUI-based code generator supports development of peripheral device drivers. To facilitate debugging, an action-event function allows easy monitoring of variables, and additional functionality offers features to decrease build time.

The CubeSuite IDE also provides features to check for updates and download upgrades when available. It also includes a back-up feature that saves and restores tools and projects collectively. In addition, the CubeSuite IDE includes tutorial guides that can be used right after product installation to jumpstart tool training and usage.

The CubeSuite IDE is currently shipping. The roadmap for this platform is expected to include an expansion of the features with reliability enhancements such as profiling as well as unit and functional code testing tools.

- Toni McConnel

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