Metrowerks releases DSP development tools

Austin, Tex. - Metrowerks on April 1 announced the availability of CodeWarrior Development Tools for DSP56800, Version 5.0. The tools support the entire family of Motorola DSP56800 hybrid digital signal processors (DSPs), including the DSP56F80x and DSP56F82x processors.


Austin, Tex. - Metrowerks on April 1 announced the availability of CodeWarrior Development Tools for DSP56800, Version 5.0. The tools support the entire family of Motorola DSP56800 hybrid digital signal processors (DSPs), including the DSP56F80x and DSP56F82x processors. The 56800 line of hybrid DSPs are found in a wide variety of embedded systems including control and telephony applications, which require highly integrated DSPs with the ease of use of an microcontroller unit (MCU) and the flexibility enabled by integrated Flash memory.

CodeWarrior Development Tools for DSP56800 combines an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with an open architecture. Metrowerks helps embedded systems developers reduce their time-to-market by providing them with a comprehensive development solution that includes an editor, compilers, linker, and debugger all within a single IDE.

Version 5.0 includes a new version of the CodeWarrior IDE (v4.2.6), plus additional features and enhancements in the editor, the debugger and project manager. It also supports the newest processors, such as DSP56F826 and DSP56F827. Among the new features are the support of Flash programming, the option for debugging a target chip within a JTAG chain, a command converter protocol, enhanced setting of hardware breakpoints, pragma interrupt handling, and reporting on pipeline dependencies in in-line coding. Version 5.0 also includes board specific project stationeries, and supports the following DSP56800 Evaluation Boards: DSP56F801EVM, DSP56F803EVM, DSP56F805EVM, DSP56F807EVM, DSP56F826EVM, DSP56F827EVM and DSP56824EVM. Version 5.0 is also fully supported with Motorola's embedded software development kit (SDK) for DSP56800 v2.5. Motorola's embedded SDK offers reusable software components designed to expedite time to market and reduce development costs.

'Metrowerks is focused on providing best-in-class DSP development tools, making every effort to provide quality and performance at an affordable price,' said John Smolucha, vice president of marketing, Metrowerks.

CodeWarrior Development Tools for DSP56800, Version 5.0, is hosted on Microsoft Windows platforms, and is available direct from Metrowerks at and from Metrowerks authorized distributors. The suggested retail price for the product is US$1195 per license.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor

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