SAN FRANCISCOActel Corp. has released a new firmware catalog, a move billed by the company as a continuation of its commitment to enhancing the embedded processor development tool suite.
The new tool streamlines the locating and generating of firmware that is compatible with IP cores used in Actel embedded processor based low-power IGLOO, ProASIC3 or Fusion mixed-signal FPGA designs, according to Actel.
The firmware catalog is a standalone executable program that enables the browsing, selection, and GUI configuration of firmware drivers, hardware abstraction layers and design examples. Through a web connection to a remote repository, the Firmware Catalog dynamically reminds the user of new cores or core versions available for download, Actel said.
The catalog also provides detailed descriptions and direct access to user guides. When used with Actel's SoftConsole Eclipse-based embedded software development environment, developers are provided a system for rapid production of C and C++ executables for Actel's ARM Cortex-M1 and Core8051s soft processor designs, according to the company.
The firmware catalog can also be used with other popular software IDEs currently available, Actel (Mountain View, Calif.) said.
More information on Libero IDE, Firmware Catalog, and SoftConsole, is available on Actel's website. All can be downloaded from the site free of charge.