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Renesas unveils Cubesuite+ IDE for MCUs

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IDE? MCUs? software development?

Renesas Electronics Corp. has launched its new single, integrated development environment (IDE). The CubeSuite+ facilitates software development by dramatically boosting development efficiency as it also provides unified support for Renesas' MCUs with 8bit through 32bit architectures.

The IDE organically links all the tools needed when developing software programs for MCUs, such as the compiler, debugger for use with the emulator and others, making it possible to perform all design, coding, evaluation and verification tasks on the same host machine.

Unlike the current set-up where customers must use either the earlier CubeSuite or High-performance Embedded Workshop IDE to develop software programs for a specific type of MCU, the first release of CubeSuite+ will support not only all of the future MCU products to be developed and released from here on, but more important, all MCUs covered by the earlier CubeSuite product, such as the V850 family and the RL78 family of low-power MCUs.

Subsequent releases will expand the range of MCU families supported to include the RX family of midrange MCUs, among other products.

Foremost among the IDE's key features is its ease of use, even for beginners, as it combines the basic software development tools that customers need to create new software in a single package, plus an extensive tutorial guide that enables even new developers to start using it immediately after installation because once installed, it is ready to use. As a result, CubeSuite+ reduces the time needed to learn the tools provided because they function identically for all of the supported MCU families.

There is also a Code Generator function that supports making device driver settings via a GUIhelpful for system designers that are new to Renesas' MCU family as the program codes can be easily generated by following the setting procedure for each peripheral function.

The CubeSuite+ also has shorter build times for enhanced convenience using its Rapid Build function that not only saves time by automatically starting the build process in the background but also ensures that building completes in the shortest time possible, making development more convenient.

It also provides an Action Event function that displays variable values when the program at a designated address is run, unlike the earlier common practice of embedding a "printf" to display the value of a specific variable, thus, requiring a build each time a "printf" was embedded. By simply right-clicking the mouse button using the Action Event function, a variable name display function can be accessed to allow convenient debugging without the need to spend time on additional builds.

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