SAN JOSE, Calif.—Cosmic Software Inc. announced the immediate availability of development tools for Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s S12Z CPU Core and S12ZVH MagniV microcontroller family Monday (March 26) at the DESIGN West tradeshow here.
Freescale's S12VH is billed as the industry’s first single-chip automotive instrument cluster solution. It is a 16-bit mixed-signal MCU family is based on Freescale’s LL18UHV technology, which enables extensive analog integration on the MCU so automotive developers can connect high-voltage signals and power supplies directly to the MCU helping save board space and reduce system complexity.
Comic Software (Creteil Cedex, France) said its compiler and debugger technology has been enhanced to fully support the S12Z core and the S12ZVH MagniV MCU family. The new tools provide increased functionality, better code density and performance and at the same time simplify the setup and configuration, according to the company.
Cosmic IDEA, Compiler, ZAP SIM and ZAP BDM are available to ship now, Cosmic said. Pricing information was not disclosed.
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