Cambridge, England--Aug. 30, 1999--ARM (Cambridge) introduced the ARM Developer Suite (ADS), the successor to the ARM Software Development Toolkit (SDT) v2.5. In addition to offering new features,the ADS enhances existing SDT components or upgrades them with new products. The ADS providessoftware engineers with everything they need to rapidly develop applications for ARM core-baseddevices.
The ADS comprises an integrated development environment (IDE) for Windows, enhanced graphicuser interface (GUI) debuggers, code generation tools, instruction set simulators, and ROM-based debugtools. Complete support for all ARM and Thumb processors, including the new ARM9E andARM10 cores, is also provided. The ADS is fully supported by sophisticated on-linedocumentation as well as comprehensive hard copy materials.
The new ARM development solution includes the Codewarrior software from Metrowerks as theIDE for software development. The Codewarrior system is tightly integrated with the ADS and providesa sophisticated project manager and build system. The Codewarrior software manages complex projectswith its intuitive GUI, thereby increasing programmer productivity. Using the Codewarrior solution,software developers benefit from a fully integrated, language sensitive text editor and a C and C++ classbrowser and editor.
ADS also features ARM's new Extended Debugger (AXD). AXD provides all the functionality of thecurrently available ARM Debugger for Windows and ARM Debugger for Unix. In addition, AXDprovides an advanced GUI that is based on the Win9X/NT4 format, leveraging the benefits availablewith these new operating systems. The flexible user interface provides improved data display,configurable formatting, and in-place editing for improved ease of use. The fully integrated command lineinterface is scriptable, for automating repetitive tasks, using Visual Basic as the scripting engine. All ofthis contributes to a reduction in software development time.
Other enhancements include improved code generation tools such as processor specific optimizationsfor ARM9, ARM10, and StrongARM cores; support for position independent code and data;optimizaztions for speed and size; and selectable debug levels with optimization.
Two add-ons to the ADS will be available, the Trace Debug Tools (TDTs) and the Real TimeMonitor. Both are part of the ARM Real Time Debug solution for system-on-chip debugging. Otheradd-ons will be introduced in the future.
ARM's TDTs provide a seamless extension to the ADS. When used with a trace-capable ARM coreand an external collection unit, ARM's TDTs display the trace information as assembler code interleavedwith data accesses.
The Real Time Monitor for ADS gives designers the ability to debug foreground tasks and changevariables while simultaneously allowing background tasks to continue. The Real Time Monitor alsoprovides the ability to read or write memory without stopping the application.
The ARM Developer Suite v1.0 will be available in October 1999; pricing starts at $5,500 for asingle user license--PC only version. The ADS add-on products will be available in Q1 2000, beginningwith the Trace Debug Tools in January; pricing begins at $2,000. The Real Time Monitor will beavailable at no extra cost, in March.
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