Prototyping with ARM Cortex-M: get the Altium boost
The VX-toolset for ARM is the first TASKING compiler suite to receive the Software Platform technology, which is seamlessly integrated into the toolset’s Eclipse based IDE. The complete offering also includes a C/C++ compiler, simulator and hardware debugger, and a wide collection of frequently used middleware components, such as TCP/IP, USB, CAN, web server, graphical user-interface, and an RTOS. At the cost of a traditional development toolset the developer gets everything needed to build an application much faster than is possible with other compiler suites and additional third party middleware components.
By selecting in the IDE the desired middleware options and the Cortex-M based microcontroller for the project, the Software Platform generates the framework code that delivers the required functionality to the developer’s application, without concerns about integration incompatibilities. Adding, removing and configuring middleware components is done through a few simple mouse clicks. Changing the Cortex-M microcontroller type is just as easy, as the Software Platform Builder takes care of collecting the middleware functionalities and the low-level drivers for the microcontroller, after which the code framework is generated and then compiled with the application code.
The new release includes support for a range of new Cortex-M based microcontrollers, including variants from STMicroelectronics (STM32), Silicon Labs (Zero Gecko) and Freescale (Kinetis). The integrated debugger provides support for many new evaluation boards and starter kits, providing pre-configured connectivity to allow the developer to quickly test his application on standard off-the-shelf hardware.
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