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Free software program development environment supports CoreMP7-based designs

23 August 2006 Design Automation

Actel has announced a free software program development environment for its CoreMP7, the industry's only soft 32-bit ARM7 microprocessor core for FPGAs.

Based on the widely-used, open-source Eclipse integrated design environment (IDE) and ARM7 GNU compiler and debugger, Actel says the new program, called SoftConsole (www.actel.com/products/tools/softconsole), provides a cost-effective, reliable way to write and debug software programs for CoreMP7.

According to the company, SoftConsole enables designers to quickly and easily develop embedded system applications based on Actel's single-chip, flash-based FPGAs. It seamlessly integrates with Actel's complete FPGA development tool environment, including the CoreConsole IP Deployment Platform (IDP) and Libero IDE, which is also available for free.

Users can download CoreMP7 via the CoreConsole IDP, then write and debug software programs to run on the core with SoftConsole. These three tools together give customers all they need to develop their CoreMP7 applications in the mixed-signal Actel Fusion programmable system chip (PSC) and low-cost ProASIC3 FPGA families.

"The SoftConsole tool will allow designers to accelerate development time by letting them take advantage of their existing knowledge of the Eclipse IDE and ARM7 GNU compiler and debugger," said Mike Thompson, senior manager, IP product marketing at Actel. "Because these tools are widely used and very mature, they are highly reliable for CoreMP7 software program development."

In addition to the Eclipse IDE and ARM7 compiler, SoftConsole includes a GNU debugger and simulator for CoreMP7. The tool also supports the import of memory map and drivers from Actel's CoreConsole IDP, and also works with Actel's FlashPro3 programmer to program and debug memory.

Initially supporting CoreMP7, SoftConsole support for Core8051 as well as other Actel-supported processor and microcontroller cores will be added in the future.



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