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Free software development environment for CoreMP7-based designs

20 September 2006 Design Automation

Actel has introduced SoftConsole, a free software development environment for Actel's CoreMP7, a 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 that SoftConsole provides a cost-effective, reliable way to write and debug software programs for CoreMP7. The free tool enables designers to quickly and easily develop embedded system applications based on Actel's single-chip, flash-based FPGAs.

SoftConsole seamlessly integrates with Actel's complete FPGA development tool environment, including the CoreConsole IP Deployment Platform (IDP) and Libero IDE, 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. Together, the three tools give designers everything they need to develop their CoreMP7 applications in the mixed-signal Actel Fusion PSC and ProASIC3 FPGA families.

In addition to the Eclipse IDE and ARM7 compiler, SoftConsole includes a GNU debugger and simulator for CoreMP7. It also supports the import of memory map and drivers from Actel's CoreConsole IDP and works with Actel's FlashPro3 programmer to program and debug memory. SoftConsole can be downloaded from www.actel.com/products/tools/softconsole.



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