SAN FRANCISCO Altium Ltd. Thursday (June 29) announced the release of a new Tasking VX-toolset for the Nios II family of embedded processors from programmable logic supplier Altera Corp.
According to Altium (Sydney, Australia), the Taking VX-toolset operates seamlessly within the Nios II integrated development environment (IDE) and acts as a "drop in" replacement for Altera's standard GNU C compiler to deliver enhanced code optimization options for developers and produce faster and smaller applications.
"The Nios II embedded processor is the leading FPGA-based soft CPU core in the market today, with usage spanning a broad range of applications," said Chris Balough, Altera's director of software and Nios marketing, in a statement. "With the release of this new VX-toolset from Altium, our customers now have access to a compiler technology that promises to boost system performance through higher levels of code optimization."
According to Altium, the Tasking VX-Toolset for Nios II has demonstrated performance advantages of up to 40 percent increase in code execution speed and 20 percent decrease in memory footprint compared with Altera's standard GNU C compiler in initial benchmark tests.
The new Taking VX-toolset for the Nios II family also provides users with an easy migration path to Altium Designer, the company's unified electronic product development system, Altium said. Designer includes full design support for Nios II-based systems, and the Tasking VX-toolset for the Nios II embedded processor will provide direct C code-level compatibility with Altium Designer, the company said
"The Nios II embedded processor is gaining popularity as a processing solution and provides a highly optimized platform for embedded design using Altera FPGAs," said Nick Martin, Altium's founder and CEO. "The release of this new Tasking VX-toolset gives Nios II developers a high-quality, drop-in development alternative for demanding applications. It also opens the door to the future by allowing them to easily harness the unified development possibilities presented by our ground-breaking Altium Designer system."
The Tasking VX-toolset is available for immediate purchase and is priced at $2,995, Altium said. The company is currently promoting a special introductory offer of $1,995 for all purchases made before Sept. 29.
More about the toolset is available on the company's Web site.