Open Development Platform

Eclipse Platform

Subscribe to Eclipse Platform: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts newslettersWeekly Newsletters
Get Eclipse Platform: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Eclipse Platform Authors: Janakiram MSV, Ken Fogel, Marcin Warpechowski, Michael Meiner, Liz McMillan

Related Topics: Eclipse Platform

Eclipse Platform: Article

Actel Broadens Support For CoreMP7-Based Designs With SoftConsole Tool

SoftConsole Is Based On Open-Source Eclipse IDE And ARM7 GNU Compiler

Actel announced SoftConsole, a free software program development environment for Actel's CoreMP7, the industry's only soft 32-bit ARM7 microprocessor core for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Based on the widely used, open-source Eclipse Integrated Design Environment (IDE) and ARM7 GNU compiler and debugger, 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 Actel customers everything 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. Further simplifying program development, the tool also supports the import of memory map and drivers from Actel's CoreConsole IDP. The tool 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.


More Stories By Open Source News

Enterprise Open Source News Desk trawls the fast-growing world of Professional Open Source for business-relevant items of news, opinion, and insight.

Comments (1)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.