Compiler tools support Cortex R family devices

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TrueSTUDIO v4.0 adds support for many new ARM-based devices in addition to tool chain improvements. Suiting high volume, deeply embedded automotive and consumer applications, the Cortex-R4, Cortex-R5 and Cortex-R7 real-time processors are now supported within TrueSTUDIO v4.0. The Cortex-R series of device cores offer highly performance and real-time response characteristics as required by demanding system-on-chip (SoC) applications.
Also in this release, the support for generic ARM Cortex-A-based series of application processors has been extended from the Cortex-A5 core to include the Cortex-A7, Cortex-A8, Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A15 processor cores. The Cortex-A series of cores are aimed at very high volume and low cost applications that are likely to be using a feature-rich real-time operating system.
Atollic TrueSTUDIO v4.0 now supports a total of over 1300 ARM devices from leading semiconductor manufacturers. This support now covers devices using ARM7, ARM9, Cortex-M0/M0+/M1/M3/M4, Cortex-R4/R5/R7 and Cortex-A5/A7/A8/A9/A15 cores.
Complementing the addition of target core support, a number of specific devices and evaluation boards have also been added to the list of support targets. These include the Infineon XMC1000 family of Cortex-M0 devices and the NXP LPC4xxx family of Cortex-M0/M4 dual core microcontrollers. With the LPC4xxx targets TrueSTUDIO v4.0 can debug both cores simultaneously using only one GUI debugger instance, vastly simplifying dual-core development.
Additional IDE improvements include the upgrading of the Eclipse platform and the GNU compiler tool chain. The compiler now has better code size optimizations in addition to a smaller runtime library. Furthermore, Atollic have now included a new fault analyzer that determines the cause of system crashes and highlights the relevant code that forced the processor into a fault condition. The location of the code that brought the processor into a fault condition is displayed in both the source code editor and disassembler view.
Finally, the new product release includes native support for kernel aware debugging of applications based on the eTaskSync scheduler from HCC Embedded. The TrueSTUDIO debugger now contains debugger views that display the internal state of the eTaskSync task scheduler, simplifying development of such projects.
Atollic TrueSTUDIO v4.0 will begin shipping on 26th February 2013.


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