Atollic realigns for generic ARM support
However, according to Atollic’s General Manager for the US, Mark Moran, the company will still offer vendor-branded versions and ST and Toshiba will continue with their own branded versions.
Ostensibly, TrueStudio for ARM will offer all of the existing features found in the branded versions, some of which are enabled by the Coresight technology unique to the ARM architecture. As well as generic support for ARM cores, the IDE will also offer support for specific devices from vendors including Atmel, EnergyMicro, Freescale, Fujitsu and TI, as well as ST and Toshiba.
The Eclipse-based IDE is based on the GCC tool-chain but brings value in the way it ‘wraps’ the components and environment, making it simpler for embedded developers to use — a criticism levelled at other Eclipse-based IDEs.
It also includes an x86 compiler, that allows software to be developed on a standard PC, using a second PC for debugging. Support for version control systems is also included, along with web clients for bug tracking resources and a code review feature. A further benefit is a configuration wizard that works with third-party development boards, by automatically recognising their configuration and creating a board support package. Support for hardware-in-the-loop debug and emulators is also included.