Configurable processor tools promise to ease development - Embedded.com

Configurable processor tools promise to ease development

SAN FRANCISCO — Software-configurable processor vendor Stretch Inc. has released the latest incarnation of its Stretch integrated design environment (IDE) software tools, adding a code editor, library support and a PCI-based communications toolkit, the firm said Monday (Aug. 21).

According to Stretch (Mountain View, Calif.), the IDE unifies the development of C/C++ application software to program its processors and automatically configure its instruction set extension fabric (ISEF), a compute-optimized programmable fabric.

With the addition of code editor SlickEdit, developers will now have access to intelligent editing and coding assistance and a tag-driven navigation engine, Stretch said.

“The integration of the SlickEdit technology into the Stretch IDE enables our software engineers to navigate, modify, build and debug their code faster and more accurately,” said Kaustubh Patankar, manager of embedded systems design for Tata Elxsi, a provider of embedded product design services.

Stretch claims its processors achieve high performance by “crushing” software hot spots—sequences of operations that get executed many times—into single instructions executed in the ISEF. With Stretch's new library features, software developers can mix their own custom software configurations with pre-compiled instructions targeting the ISEF, creating libraries of optimized functions, the company said.

“Stretch users can now easily integrate pre-compiled libraries supplied by Stretch, its third party suppliers, or their own libraries with new source code,” said Bob Beachler, Stretch's vice president of marketing. “Customers are able to create their own compute-intensive applications without compromising their flexibility or time to market.”

The Stretch communications toolkit for Windows supports the exchange of bulk data and control information between PC-based Windows applications and custom software running on Stretch processors present on installed PCI adapter cards, the company said. Provided in the toolkit are a Windows driver for the Stretch S55DB30 development board, header files and libraries for developing both Windows and S5530 processor applications, Stretch said.

Stretch's 2006-07 tools release is available now, the company said. List price for a single development seat is $900, and new licenses are included with the purchase of a development kit, the company said.

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