Green Hills Software has announced major new releases of its MULTI integrated development environment (IDE) and Green Hills Compiler toolchain. MULTI IDE version 6 and Green Hills Compiler version 2012 are now delivered as stand-alone products that can be independently upgraded, providing developers with more flexibility to adopt new CPU support and IDE functionality as it becomes available.
Major new features included with Green Hills Compiler 2012 are:
- Improvements in code speed and size on ARM and Power Architecture. Green Hills Compiler 2012 outperforms both competitors and prior Green Hills Compiler releases by up to 34% on CoreMark speed benchmarks. As an example, Green Hills states that Green Hills Compiler 2012 achieved a CoreMark benchmark of 288.11 on a Freescale Kinetis K60 at 100MHz for a record-breaking 2.88 CoreMark/MHz. According to the company, the nearest published competitor is at 2.17 CoreMark/MHz on this processor. This is a performance improvement of over 32%.
- New 64-bit target support for Freescale QorIQ P5020 Power Architecture processors in addition to existing support for 64-bit Intel Architecture processors.Support for ARM NEON intrinsics. NEON is a coprocessor supported on ARM v7-A architectures, such as the Cortex-A family, that enables significant performance improvements for applications like video processing. A Green Hills Compiler 2012 user saw an increase in frame rate on a video processing application from 27 frames per second (FPS) to 108 FPS by enabling their application with NEON intrinsics–a 400% improvement in performance.
- A wide range of new processor support including Cortex-A15, Cortex-A9, Cortex-A5, Cortex-M4, Cortex-M1, Cortex-M0, Marvell PJ4, QorIQ P3041, QorIQ P5020, and cnMIPS II.
The MULTI 6 release incorporates several new features that boost productivity and speed time-to-market:
- TimeMachine and trace improvements. TimeMachine has been updated in MULTI 6 to make working with trace easier and more productive. Trace processing is up to six times faster on multicore hosts compared to previous versions. TimeMachine is also smarter about when it gathers trace data from the target or SuperTrace Probe, and it provides users the ability to retrieve partial trace buffers for improved responsiveness. All of these features taken together make working with very large trace buffers like the 4GB buffer on the Green Hills SuperTrace Probe much more efficient, increasing developer productivity.
- Improved build time performance. Build times are on average two to four times faster on multicore machines versus previous versions of MULTI due to better dependency checking and increased efficiency in parallel build management.
- New security and relationship views for INTEGRITY. Integrate, the graphical design utility for the INTEGRITY RTOS, now offers two new high-level views that display the overall software architecture of INTEGRITY-based systems and help users understand the associated security implications.
Supported achitectures: ARM, ColdFire, MIPS, Power Architecture, Intel x86 embedded, Intel x86 Linux native, and Solaris