San Jose, Calif. - IAR Systems today announced it has added support for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor to IAR Embedded Workbench. Building on the support already offered to other ARM Cortex processors, this latest release adds software performance for the signal processing capabilities found in the ARM Cortex-M4 processor.
The ARM Cortex-M4 processor, announced by ARM in February, adds DSP instructions and an FPU to the ARM Cortex-M processor series, making it suitable for use in embedded audio, motor control, power management, and other applications where such processing is a central task.
The new signal processing capabilities are well utilized by the IAR C/C++ compiler, part of the IAR Embedded Workbench suite, whose intelligent optimizations schedule the architecture's extended instruction set to add software performance for digital signal control devices. The compiler's built-in FPU support guarantees maximum performance for floating point operations is reached without the need for time-consuming assembly level libraries.
"We are currently working in close cooperation with several of the Cortex-M4 processor licensees to ensure chip-specific support is available when their first devices reach the market," said Mats Ullstrm, Product Director, IAR Systems.
IAR Embedded Workbench incorporates the IAR C/C++ Compiler, assembler, linker, librarian, text editor, project manager, and IAR C-SPY Debugger combined in an integrated development environment (IDE).
IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM is available for download at www.iar.com/ewarm.