Altium Limited announced a new major release of its TASKING C compiler solution for automotive application development, supporting the Power Architecture-based microcontrollers from the Freescale Qorivva/5xxx Series and STMicroelectronics SPC5 Series. The new compiler brings device support for the MPC56xx and SPC56x microcontroller series, while also allowing users to develop applications already for new devices by selecting the corresponding e200 core level. With this new release, the company asserts it is driving the industry trend to bring toolsets under the Eclipse IDE, through a plug-in that enables a seamless integration of the compiler tools and the simulator user-interface into the Eclipse framework. The TASKING compiler plug-in enables customization and optimization of the build process by selecting the compiler chain options from a configuration explorer tree. This saves the developer from having to type options manually in text boxes or on the command line.
By using TASKING’s Viper technology, compatibility to other popular TASKING toolsets is guaranteed and migration of an application to and from other architectures is straightforward. TASKING toolsets have built up a proven reputation with highly efficient and robust code for automotive applications like power train, body control, chassis control and safety critical applications. In this new release the Viper compiler is extended with caching functionality which saves the compiler’s intermediate results in order to avoid full compilations.
Altium Limited, www.altium.com