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TI code composer tool provides upgrades

Posted: 05 May 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:code composer  IDE  emulation  debugging  C-code 

Texas Instruments Inc. has released the Code Composer Essentials (CCEssentials) v3 which provides major upgrades designed to enhance performance, emulation and ease-of-use at a low cost. By leveraging the design flexibility and interoperability enabled by the Eclipse open source platform, designers can integrate plug-ins for a highly customised IDE.

CCEssentials streamlines the design process with an intuitive interface combined with C code density and debugging capabilities. Major upgrades include optimisations focused on improving design flow, simplifying debugging and verification, and speeding time-to-market while keeping system costs low. Options dialogue boxes also 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 such as breakpoints and stack trace, results in faster emulation and more efficient debugging in all lower modes. Complex triggers on bus values and control over clocks on a peripheral basis also enhance control over the device.

Replacing the GDB debugger with the TI CCStudio Debug Server yields up to 200 per cent faster performance for tasks such as downloading applications, single-stepping, and refreshing registers and variables. The device's updated C-code syntax also 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 utilise the suited device for their needs, including the extended memory (up to 1MB 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 Rs.20,121.61 ($499) for a single seat. CCEssentials v3 is now available for download or from authorised TI distributors.

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