Crossware Adds Philips LPC210X ARM Support to Tools

Crossware, a leading embedded software tools developer, has enhanced its ARM(R) Development Suite by adding support for the Philips LPC210X ARM-based microprocessors.

The Philips LPC210X chips, based upon the ARM7TDMI-S processor core, feature a wide range of on-chip peripherals including multiple timers, universal asynchronous receiver/transmitters (UARTs), serial peripheral interface (SPI), inter-integrated circuit (I2C) and an analogue to digital converter for the more recently announced chips.

The Crossware enhancements allow developers to rapidly exploit the advanced features of these chips by providing a combination of wizards, simulation, debugging, compiler extensions and pre-configuration. This simplifies the otherwise complex task of setting up an ARM chip and helps accelerate the development process and significantly reduces new product time-to-market.

Crossware’s comprehensive set of Code Creation Wizards are provided for all on-chip peripherals and are able to generate configuration code, interrupt routines and, for the UART, complete I/O handlers. The simulator simulates the ARM core itself as well as many of the LPC210X on-chip peripherals including the vectored interrupt controller (VIC). This allows a developer to use the simulator to immediately test the code created using the wizards. The simulator can also be extended using the Virtual Workshop Interface that Crossware originally introduced for its 8051 microcontroller thereby allowing developers to construct a simulation of their complete target system.

Crossware has developed its jPOD USB JTAG interface to facilitate on-chip debugging. This connects to the standard ARM 20-pin JTAG connector allowing the Crossware source level debugger to drive the on-chip ARM embedded in-circuit emulator (EmbeddedICE) logic.

“These enhancements to our ARM toolset are designed to provide developers with everything they need to create, build and debug their ARM-based programs – both with and without hardware,” said Alan Harry, founder and managing director of Crossware. “We expect to see the demand for our user-friendly ARM-based tools grow quickly in the year ahead particularly as our 8, 16 and 32bit customers converge upon the ARM microprocessor cores.”

With its advanced C compiler, libraries, wizards, simulator and debugger, the Crossware ARM Development Suite provides a complete and extremely user friendly development environment for the ARM family of microprocessor cores.

About Crossware
Crossware is a leading developer of programmer-friendly C cross compilers and other development tools for embedded systems based on the 8051, ColdFire, ARM, 68000, CPU32 and other chip families. Host environments include Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The company, founded by Alan Harry in 1984, is headquartered in the UK at Litlington on the outskirts of Cambridge. Crossware’s products are used throughout the world by professional developers, educational establishments and hobbyists.