Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Renesas Electronics America adds powerful debugging and enhanced usability with next-gen of e2studio IDE

USA: Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced an enhanced version of its Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE), e2studio, designed to provide a flexible development platform for its market-leading microcontrollers (MCUs).

The e2studio version 2.0 offers a variety of new features, including support for the new Renesas RX100 series of MCUs with True Low PowerTM technology, a new Performance Analysis view and a project import function that allows existing CubeSuite+ projects for RX MCUs to be easily imported into the IDE.

The Eclipse platform and the associated C/C++ Development Tooling (CDT) project have gained significant momentum with developers as they have discovered the powerful editing and project management capabilities. However, dedicated debug support has often been lacking. Renesas architected the e2studio version 2.0 around the latest version of the Eclipse platform (Juno) and CDT (v8), so that all of the improvements made to the Eclipse platform and the CDT project are supported by e2studio.

Additionally, the new e2studio version supports Renesas’ new RX100 series of MCUs, the RX111 Group. With the release of e2studio version 2.0, Renesas continues its move from the use of proprietary IDEs like HEW and CubeSuite+ towards development tools based on open source software like Eclipse.

The new e2studio IDE also offers enhanced build-phase plug-ins for Renesas, IAR Systems, Green Hills Software, and the KPIT Cummins GNU compilers, as well as debug plug-ins for Micrium’s µC/Probe (adding RTOS-awareness for Micrium’s µC/OS) and FreeRTOS.

Renesas implemented a GDB (GNU Debugger) interface with DSF (Debugger Services Framework) extensions so that features such as real-time memory view, real-time expression view, and trace can deliver the powerful debugging necessary for today's embedded code development.

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