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Ref s/w dev't toolchain revised for ARM processors

Posted: 11 May 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:compiler  asic  asp  mcu 

ARM replaces the ARM RVDS toolkit with the release of ARM Compiler ver5.0 and the ARM DS-5 Professional Edition as the reference software development toolchain for ARM processor-based ASICs and ASSP devices.

The ARM DS-5 Professional Edition builds on the success of the ARM Compiler, integrating it in a complete suite of Eclipse-based software development tools, including the DS-5 Debugger and Streamline Performance Analyser. Together, these components offer an integrated, powerful, and intuitive Eclipse-based development environment covering a full range of activities from platform bring-up and bare metal development, to the creation of compelling RTOS, Linux, and Android-based applications.

The ARM Compiler has been continuously developed to deliver the best combination of code size and performance for ARM and Thumb technology-generated code since the release of the first ARM processor. As part of the DS-5 Professional Edition, the ARM Compiler ver5.0 will continue to enable devices with smaller memory footprint, higher responsiveness, and minimum power consumption.

The ARM Compiler ver5.0 introduces support and optimisations for the latest ARM processors including the Cortex-A15 MPCore, the Cortex-R5 and the Cortex-R7 processors. ARM Compiler optimisations are developed in parallel with new instructions and processor pipelines. Furthermore, the enhanced GCC compatibility in the ARM Compiler ver5.0 will enable it to handle existing build environments for open-source projects without any modifications.

ARM has adopted DS-5 Professional Edition as the toolchain for developing software on new ARM processors and technologies. DS-5 enables code generation, debug and performance analysis of Cortex-A9 MPCore processors, including enhanced support for the NEON SIMD engine. DS-5 also uses the Performance Monitoring Unit on recent ARM processors for system-level profiling, and displays non-intrusive trace data from the ARM Embedded Trace Macrocell (ETM) and Program Trace Macrocell (PTM) to enable the debug and analysis of time-related bugs.

The DS-5 Professional Edition extends this functionality with debug support for Cortex-A15 MPCore processors and the recently announced CoreSight SoC-400 debug and trace technology. DS-5 also provides pre-configured debug settings for popular multi-core devices such as the NVIDIA Tegra250, Samsung Exynos 4210, STMicroelectronics SPEAr600 and SPEAr1300, and Texas Instruments OMAP4. The ARM DSTREAM debug and trace unit provides a high-performance target connection and a 4GB trace buffer, which enables long-term software debug and profiling using instruction trace.

The DS-5 Professional Edition is available for download today from the ARM website with a 30-day fully featured evaluation licence. RVDS continues to be available for sale and an upgrade path to DS-5 is available for existing RVDS customers. DS-5 Professional Edition is available for shipping.

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