Metrowerks' development suite brings up ARM babies - Embedded.com

Metrowerks’ development suite brings up ARM babies

AUSTIN, Texas — Embedded developers can enjoy productivity gains and reduced time to market with the newest integrated CodeWarrior Development Studio, ARM ISA Edition Version 2. The studio simplifies low-level development and board bring-up tasks for processors based on ARM cores that power a variety of end devices including mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), MP3 players, networking routers and set-top boxes. It includes a powerful Metrowerks compiler for ARM architectures, together with debugging, profiling, optimization and virtual prototyping tools, all integrated into the newest version of the CodeWarrior Integrated Development Environment (IDE). CodeWarrior Development Studio, ARM ISA Edition Version 2 integrates Virtio's Virtual Platform — an instruction set simulator that allows for virtual prototyping including simulation of peripherals specified by silicon hardware reference designs. The Virtual Platform technology helps engineers begin development and debugging processes in parallel with hardware design. The Metrowerks offering also includes kernel-aware support for the RTXC Quadros RTOS from Quadros Systems, Inc. The studio supports numerous ARM core target platforms, extending the user's visibility and debugging capabilities into the target hardware with direct, out-of-the-box support for Motorola's i.MX processor family, Texas Instruments' OMAP application processors, Intel XScale technology and other platforms based on ARM cores. The Metrowerks product also includes the Metrowerks Target Resident Kernel (MetroTRK), a non-intrusive software debugging monitor that allows developers to run applications on the target hardware during the debugging process, resulting in fast identification and correction of software bugs. The profiling tool in the CodeWarrior tool suite will enable developers on Texas Instruments' leading OMAP platform to find the bottlenecks in their code and develop optimizations that result in maximum software performance and fault-free software, according to a TI marketer. Availability and Pricing CodeWarrior Development Studio, ARM ISA Edition Version 2 is available direct from Metrowerks and has a suggested retail price of $5,995(USD). This includes one Virtio softboard and one year of technical support and maintenance.

For additional information, contact Metrowerks by telephone at 800-377-5416 or by e-mail at sales@metrowerks.com.

About Metrowerks Metrowerks Corporation creates CodeWarrior software and hardware products and services for developers, with a particular focus on the following industries: consumer electronics; transportation; wireless; and networking and communications. The CodeWarrior product line includes hardware and software development tools and middleware that enable customers to decrease their time to market. The company also offers services, including training and custom software development. More information is available from www.metrowerks.com.

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