EMBEDDED WORLD: Altium introduced its TASKING VX toolset for ARM Cortex-M Series that adds support for the Cortex-M0 alongside existing support for Cortex-M1 and Cortex-M3 processors. This latest release is based on Altium's Viper C compiler technology and a new debugger, integrated in the Eclipse integrated development environment.
The toolset follows on from the TASKING ARM compiler that is included in the STM32-PerformanceStick made by Hitex.
This TASKING VX-toolset is said to be the first embedded ARM compiler with static code analysis against the CERT C secure coding standard. CERT C is defined by the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), founded by the US government.
Static code analysis can be applied early in the software development process, or on incomplete and incorrect code bases, to identify unsafe code without needing subsequent test-cases. This latest release supports source code debugging on hardware through a third-party JTAG link, specifically J-LINK from embedded software company Segger. The supported J-Link variants are the J-Link ARM, J-Link ARM Pro and J-Trace Cortex-M3. The TASKING VX-toolset for ARM technology also features MISRA C code checking, profiling through code instrumentation and run-time error checking capabilities. Altium estimates that programmers can now develop extremely robust code in significantly less time than previously possible. The TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M processors release v3.1 is a complete, integrated embedded software development toolset consisting of an Eclipse based IDE, C/C++ compiler, assembler, linker / locator, simulator and on-hardware debugger and will be available mid-March, 2010. The RTOS & TCP/IP stack will be available later this year.
The product is available for PC/Windows, PC/Linux and SUN/Solaris platforms. Prices start at 995 for the C compiler and simulator debugger package supporting Cortex-M0, M1 and M3.
A 15-day trial version of the TASKING VX-toolset for ARM is available here.