Eclipse IDE comes to IAR’s ARM Workbench - Embedded.com

Eclipse IDE comes to IAR’s ARM Workbench

IAR Systems has just integrated its Embedded Workbench for ARM with the open source Eclipse IDE to meet the needs of ARM developers for a high-performance and flexible development tool suite.

The Eclipse IDE is being offered as an alternative to the IAR Embedded Workbench IDE, allowing developers to make tradeoffs between the two on various projects. On the one hand, the proprietary IAR Embedded Workbench IDE is tailor-made for embedded development, intuitive and easy-to-use. On the other hand, the open-source Eclipse IDE provides flexibility through its extensible framework and the ability to interoperate with a large ecosystem of supplementary tools.

The full integration of the IAR C-SPY Debugger replaces the GDB-based debugger that is standard with Eclipse, allowing IAR Systems’ advanced debug technology to be fully exploited from within the Eclipse IDE.

C-SPY brings advanced and comprehensive debug functionality, including a Timeline window that graphically correlates visualizations of interrupt logs, data logs, power samples and user-defined events plotted against time.

It supports Embedded Trace Macrocell (ETM) as well as Embedded Trace Buffer (ETB). Power profiling enables fine-tuning of an application’s power consumption, and the C-SPY Trace window displays detailed trace data.

In addition to all standard Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tooling) functionality, the integration enables additional features such as project import functionality, stepping on function call level, and complex code and data breakpoints.

IAR Systems has run an extensive Technology Preview Program for the integration to ensure thorough testing and stability. To learn more, go to www.iar.com/eclipse

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