Integrated tools enable true hardware/software co-development for SoC designers and embedded system architects
CAMBRIDGE, UK – April 3, 2006 - ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] today announced the release of its RealView® Development Suite version 3.0 , at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley in San Jose, Calif. With this release, ARM has created an integrated, end-to-end toolchain for true hardware/software co-development, optimized for the SoC features most requested by embedded systems developers. These features include an enhanced compiler optimization engine that results in more than 10 percent improvement on the EEMBC score, a powerful debug engine with multicore DSP awareness, high-performance compilation of Linux, and GNU tools interoperability.
“For the RealView Development Suite 3.0, we focused on three key benefits for system developers: providing an end-to-end tool flow; enabling integration with key ARM® technologies as well as Eclipse and Linux; and optimizing system performance and compilation of Linux applications,” said David Rusling, ARM Fellow and director of technology, Development Systems, ARM. “These three benefits greatly accelerate right-first-time development by enabling collaboration between hardware architects and software designers.”
“With the RealView Development Suite 3.0, our customers can achieve significant code size reduction for Linux applications,” said Jim Ready, CEO, MontaVista Software, Inc. “For the OEM, this saves money by allowing a smaller memory footprint, which reduces build cost. For the consumer, this offers longer battery life for mobile products.”
“Nokia is pleased to offer Symbian OS OEM developers beneficial integration with RealView Development Suite 3.0 compilation tools in the Nokia Carbide.c++ Developer, Professional and OEM Edition tools,” said D’Arcy Salzmann, head of Product Management, Developer Tools, Nokia. “OEMs creating new Symbian OS mobile phones will be able to improve system performance and decrease the size of their ROM budgets with the higher-performance code produced by the latest compilation tools.”
New End-to-End Features
A primary goal of the RealView Development Suite 3.0 is to speed time-to-market for embedded systems developers as well as hardware developers, through hardware/software co-development. For this reason, the new tool is fully interoperable with the electronic system level (ESL) simulation models generated by the RealView CREATE family of ESL tools.
“Taking advantage of ESL tools for architectural exploration and system simulation is one of the highest-value activities that systems designers can undertake,” said Daya Nadamuni, vice president, Gartner Dataquest. “It facilitates an optimized design, with functions appropriately apportioned between hardware and software, and allows true pre-silicon software development.”
New Integration Features
ARM has integrated support for a number of ARM and third-party technologies into the new version of the RealView Development Suite. In addition to supporting all ARM processors including the ARM11™ MPCore™ multiprocessor, the RealView Development Suite is now the first development toolchain to provide support for the ARM Cortex™-M3 and Cortex-A8 processors, as well as for future Cortex family processors.
ARM has also integrated an intrinsics compiler for its NEON™ 64/128-bit hybrid SIMD technology developed by ARM to accelerate the performance of multimedia and signal processing applications; support for its advanced CoreSight™ debug and trace technology which provides software developers with much more visibility to debug complex, multi-core devices while saving pins and silicon area; and support for its TrustZone® hardware-based security technology. The RealView Development Suite also enables optional integration with Eclipse.
The ARM RealView Development Suite 3.0 is available now. ARM Partners upgrading from RVDS 2.2 with valid support and maintenance contracts are entitled to a 30% discount. Further information on upgrades and pricing information is available from ARM and its distributors.
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