MANHASSET, N.Y. Mentor Graphics Corp. has announced the Edge Development Suite, a bundled version of its Edge Development Tools that includes an integrated development environment (IDE), software simulator, compiler and debugger, priced at $2,995 per license.
According to Mentor (Wilsonville, Ore.), the suite lowers the price barrier for development tools, allowing developers to cost-effectively take advantage of a commercial-grade Eclipse-based package for the most popular 32-bit processor architectures.
The suite is currently available for Altera's Nios II processor, ARM cores, Freescale's ColdFire and PowerPC families, MIPS cores and the Xilinx MicroBlaze microprocessor.
The suite incorporates the Edge Microtec Compilers, a complete cross-compiler solution that includes a compiler, assembler, and linker, designed specifically for building embedded applications. The suite's Edge debugger provides a comprehensive feature set for basic and advanced debugging operations, plus support for multicore systems and hardware-assisted features such as hardware breakpoints.
For an additional $995, the suite is available with the Edge Majic probe, a full-featured JTAG connection that lets a developer see the innermost workings of their target platform, download code, program flash, and create target files specific to their board design.