Philips and Atmel Flash MCUs receive support - Embedded.com

Philips and Atmel Flash MCUs receive support

Crossware has added support to its 8051 Development Suite for both the Philips and Atmel 89C51Rx2 variant flash microcontrollers. This will provide programmers using these chips with an accelerated development environment and removes the need to purchase a separate in-circuit hardware emulator.

The 89C51Rx2 chips include up to 64Kbytes of flash program memory, which can be reprogrammed by applications running in them. The Crossware system takes advantage of this reprogrammability by loading a small debug monitor into part of the flash memory.

Once installed, this debug monitor works with the Crossware environment to provide full source level debugging. It will program the software into flash and then run it at full speed whilst allowing the user to halt its execution at any time and single step or trace through the code watching it perform.

The Crossware environment will also simulate the reprogramming protocol, thereby enabling programmers – developing software that re-programs the on-chip flash – to fully test it using simulation before running it with the hardware.

All on-chip peripherals are simulated and graphical views of the programmable counter array and watchdog timer are provided. The Atmel chip includes 2Kbytes of data EEPROM and programming of this is simulated too.

Running under Windows, Crossware's 8051 Development Suite includes a full-featured ANSI C compiler, a relocatable cross-assembler, an advanced overlay linker, a state-of-the-art source level simulator that can be extended to simulate a complete target system, and debug tools which support source level debugging on the target system itself.

A range of microprocessors from Dallas, Cygnal, Atmel and Philips are supported.

Published in Embedded Systems (Europe) February 2002

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