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ARM releases free Android dev't toolkit

Posted: 30 Nov 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Android developer community  software development toolkit 

Chip designer ARM has released a free community edition of its ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) for Android application developers. ARM's DS-5 Community Edition (CE) is a free edition of its reference software development toolkit.

"The new edition will help the Android developer community create native software for compute intensive tasks that can run up to 4 times faster than Java code," claimed the company, which provides chip for smartphones and tablet devices.

DS-5 CE complements the standard SDK and NDK Android development kits by offering developers a set of tools to help them achieve the performance and energy-efficiency advantages made possible when ARM native code is used in Android applications.

"With over half a million apps on the Android market today, developers need to deliver an outstanding user experience to succeed commercially," said John Cornish, executive vice president and general manager, system design division, ARM. "ARM DS-5 Community Edition offers developers an easy to use environment for debugging and optimising C/C++ code. This allows them to take full advantage of ARM processor technology using native code to deliver the performance and functionality that consumers demand."

DS-5 Community Edition includes limited, but essential functionality from the premium DS-5 toolkit to help solve common Android application developer pain points. It achieves this by providing an integrated graphical debugger for NDK-generated code and visibility of advanced processor information, including ARM NEON Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) registers. The new toolkit permits development of Java and C/C++ code in the same Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE) to maximise productivity and ease of use.

"The community edition of DS-5 (DS-5 CE) will further reduce the barriers to open source development on ARM. We have worked closely with ARM to ensure that DS-5 support is available as an easy to install add-on for Linaro Ubuntu images in the past and are working together to deliver a similar convenient developer experience for DS-5 CE as part of our Android images," said Alexander Sack, platform technical director, Linaro. "This initiative will help users of the community edition take full advantage of Linaro optimised images."

DS-5 Community Edition features a tailored version of the ARM Streamline Performance Analyser for use with compatible Android development platforms. Streamline captures detailed, system-wide performance statistics from a variety of sources, which helps developers to locate hotspots in their code and isolate potential causes. Platform builders can add support for Streamline by integrating an open source driver available from the Linaro website.

The DS-5 CE is available free-of-charge for use by individuals and organisations with annual revenue of Rs.44.84 lakh ($100,000 )or less, and up to 10 employees. DS-5 CE is available from ARM and can be downloaded now.

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