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Tool suite features new compilation techniques

Posted: 10 Oct 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tool suite  compilation techniques  processor performance  system profiling 

ARM has unveiled the RealView Development Suite 4.0 Professional tool suite with new features including new compilation techniques to achieve up to 10 per cent processor performance improvement and enhanced system profiling for more precise analysis of software execution and system performance. Developed with complex, application-rich systems in mind – particularly mobile internet devices and smartphones – the new tool suite enables developers to push the limits of functionality and get the very best out of the ARM architecture, including the latest ARM Cortex-M3, Cortex-R4, CortexA8 and Cortex-A9 processors and the Cortex-A9 MPCore multi-core processor.

Among the key benefits included in RealView Development Suite 4.0 Professional are link-time code generation and profiler-driven compilation. Link-time code generation significantly reduces code size, and designers gain the option to either increase system functionality with no additional memory requirement, or lower overall system cost. Profiler-driven compilation enables code to be optimised based on actual use.

The tool suite also features a new version of the ARM Profiler that supports Real-Time Streaming Instruction Trace. This allows capture and storage of continuous instruction trace for up to 10 days, which would provide detailed information on what software the device is executing and how this affects the performance and behaviour of the system.

Other key features and benefits include:

- Two additional ultra-fast Real-Time System Models (RTSMs) supporting Cortex-R4 and Cortex-A9 processors running at an equivalent of 250MHz

- Support for the ARM Cortex-A9 processor with NEON vectorising compiler

- The ARM Workbench IDE based on the open-source Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

- Enhanced support allowing developers to take advantage of the Cortex-M3 processor bit-banding memory

- Support for controlling compiler optimisations that simplify the validation process for critical systems

- Support for Texas Instruments OMAP 3 devices; Marvell Feroceon Dragonite v5TE and v6T2 cores; and Faraday Technology Corporation FA526, FA626 and FA626TE cores

- Enhanced support for ARM CoreSight advanced debug and trace features

The ARM RealView Development Suite 4.0 Professional is available for licensing today in both standard and professional versions.





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