Tool suite delivers a fully integrated multicore development environment
XMOS has announced xTIMEcomposer-Enterprise, the world’s most advanced multicore microcontroller development suite. This new industrial grade tool suite delivers a fully integrated multicore development environment for users of the xCORE multicore microcontroller products. The annual subscription, multi-site license will also provide an upgrade path that integrates an ARM compiler and debugger development flow to support the new multicore xCORE-XA products which add an ARM Cortex M3 processor to the configurable xCORE multicore microcontroller architecture.
The new xTIMEcomposer-Enterprise tool suite allows developers of configurable multicore microcontroller products not only to develop in a C or C++ development language but also to include simple extensions that describe parallel tasks. It allows fully tested – xSOFTip industry standard compliant – peripherals and reference solutions to be easily included as part of the design, and supports modular code and overlays for in-field configuration of xCORE multicore microcontroller programmable system on chip solutions.
The comprehensive debug environment is enhanced by the inclusion of a new xTAG-PRO multifunction debugger. This advanced debug hardware solution allows full multicore debug and analysis with accurate real-time trace and fast instrumentation of the target hardware board or system. I/O signals and internal xCORE signals can be accurately monitored in real-time while the target system is running, with both digital and analog signals available for view in the xSCOPE instrumentation tool. Real-time power analysis of the target system is also supported, allowing developers to optimize their code for the most energy efficient operation.
xTIMEcomposer-Enterprise also allows customers to make full use of the deterministic xCORE multicore architecture. The tools provide the ability to define very accurate task and I/O timings, giving developers all of the capabilities of an RTOS (real time operating system) but with nanosecond timing accuracy and instant I/O response. High priority real-time tasks can run to completion without interruption on separate logical processor cores. The xCORE Timing Analyser (XTA) tool, included as part of xTIMEcomposer-Enterprise, allows all timing characteristics to be statically analyzed and timing critical parameters to be defined and maintained through subsequent compiles and code additions. As a result software code can meet hardware levels of performance and provide complete functional safety.
The xTIMEcomposer-Enterprise tool suite is backed up by comprehensive and integrated one-to-one online support that delivers an assured industrial grade level of response to issues and support enquiries as well as providing on-going, long-term support for customer code releases that are shipping in the field.
xTIMEcomposer-Enterprise is available in early December 2013. It is priced at $4,995 for a full multi-site annual-subscription license that supports multiple users across the enterprise. The simple licensing scheme allows the tools to be easily shared within a multi-site enterprise environment, without the need for complex network licensing keys, and supports a fully collaborative development flow plus one-to-one online support direct from XMOS engineers. The price also includes an advanced xTAG-PRO hardware debugger that is available separately for $750ea.
In addition to the enterprise class xTIMEcomposer-Enterprise tools, XMOS is also making available from today the single-user, and free-to-download, xTIMEcomposer-Community tool suite which offers all the same advanced multicore microcontroller development features and software debug capability. The xTIMEcomposer-Community tool is supported through the xCORE Exchange Community at www.xcore.com. xCORE.com is the official online community for XMOS xCORE multicore microcontroller users.
The xTIMEcomposer-Community tools are available to download from today at http://www.xmos.com/support/downloads/xtimecomposer
The xTIMEcomposer-Enterprise tools will be available for purchase in December from all of XMOS’s official distributors, including Digikey and Element14. XMOS’s worldwide network of distributor can be found at http://www.xmos.com/en/contact/distributors
Both the xTIMEcomposer-Enterprise and the xTIMEcomposer-Community tool suites are available for Windows-PC, MAC OS-X and Linux platforms. The xTIMEcomposer-Enterprise tools can also support cross-platform multi-user environments, allowing individual developers across a multi-site enterprise to work on their preferred platform.