San Jose, Calif. -- ZiLOG, Inc. is offering a high-end development tool that emulates its Z8 Encore! 64K series of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs). The In-Circuit Emulator (ICE) kit enables software elements to be run and tested on the actual hardware for which they are designed, and offers engineers real-time design conveniences such as source-level debugging and re-testing to be implemented - ideal for projects where development speed is of paramount importance.
The Z8 Encore! 64K ICE kit features a complete trace and event system that enables developers to capture trace data before and after an event. By setting an event to stop program execution at the point where the program is not performing properly, designers can identify and isolate any development bugs and trace back the events that led up to the error. Code can then be quickly changed in the ICE environment and the system retested. In addition, external triggers can be used to set events. A convenient trigger-out feature allows external devices to be activated based on programmed events.
"A major advantage of the Z8 Encore! 64K ICE kit is that it utilizes the ZiLOG Developer Studio II Integrated Development Environment (ZDS II IDE), the same development suite contained in ZiLOG's low-cost development kits and a standard platform on which many customers begin their development," said Michael Gershowitz, director of MicroDevices product marketing at ZiLOG.
The Z8 Encore! 64K ICE kit product is available for customer purchase via normal distribution channels and retails at $2,995. The kit includes the Z8 Encore! 64K In-Circuit Emulator, target pod, one package adapter of customers choice, ZDS II IDE, power supply and cables. Additional package type adapters are available for $299.00 each. For further details about ordering, product specifications and kit part numbers, log onto www.zilog.com