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Toshiba intros low-cost development tool for 8bit MCUs

Posted: 06 Oct 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Toshiba America Electronic Components  TAEC  embedded systems tools  in-circuit emulator 

Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. (TAEC) has expanded its embedded systems tools capability with the introduction of a new low-cost, compact full in-circuit emulator that supports development of embedded applications based on its TLCS-870/C Series MCUs. Dubbed the RTE870/C light emulator, it is available in three versions for 5V emulation chips in FBGA177 packages, 5V emulation chips in FBGA272 packages, and low-voltage emulation chips in FBGA272 packages.

The RTE870/C Light Emulator is a highly integrated development tool. All emulation functions, including the 64KB emulation memory, interfaces for the MCU probe and the connection to the host system, are housed in a compact, portable unit that measures 120-by-100-by-30mm. Fully compatible with the Windows XP and Windows 2000 operating systems, the tool connects to the host PC via a USB2.0 full-speed interface with a maximum emulation frequency of 16MHz. Since the RTE870/C uses standard components, users can change the target MCU easily by simply changing a probe, a target connector and an emulation chip.

Additionally, said TAEC, the debugger software features an easy-to-use graphical user interface. This software allows the developer to identify and fix software problems rapidly by setting break points and event triggers, stepping through code, and activating a trace function with a capacity of up to 1280 frames. A timer function offers a resolution of 1µs for up to 71mins and 100ns for around 7mins.

A complete emulation solution consists of the RTE 870/C Light Emulator, Toshiba C-compiler/assembler software (SW86YN0-ZCF) and an Adlinks adapter that includes the probe.

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