Macraigor Debuts usb2Sprite Debug Interfaces for Freescale ColdFire, DSPs

Macraigor Systems LLC today announced availability of its usb2Sprite devices for Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.’s, ColdFire and DSP 56300 families of microprocessors. The usb2Sprite provides embedded design engineers with a low-cost USB 2.0 interface to the on-chip debugging features of these processors. Macraigor’s OCDemon family of products offers the industry’s most advanced, yet price-sensitive, solution for designing, debugging and programming embedded hardware and application software.

Macraigor has added support for the Freescale ColdFire and DSP 56300 processor families to its free, pre-built GNU tools and has included sample configurations for most standard Freescale evaluation boards. These examples contain source, gdbinit and make files for each board, allowing developers to quickly build, download and debug via gdb. Macraigor has also committed to supporting future ColdFire and DSP 56300 family variants as they become available.

In addition, Macraigor’s Flash Programmer has been updated to support the ColdFire family, providing in-circuit Flash Programming of both internal Flash and externally connected devices.

“The Freescale ColdFire architecture is designed to enable manufacturers of audio, video, graphics and communications products to meet and exceed users’ price/performance demands,” said Craig Haller, chief engineer at Macraigor Systems.

“The OCDemon technology is a proven on-chip debug solution that will help to accelerate our customers’ development of real-time processing applications,” he concluded.

Advanced, Price-Sensitive Embedded Debug Solution
Macraigor’s debug solutions include a broad range of hardware interface devices and application programs. These provide embedded systems engineers with a high degree of flexibility in selecting a host interface and an appropriate price/performance ratio for their embedded projects. Hardware debug devices are available with parallel, serial, USB or Ethernet connectivity to both Windows and Linux host machines.

Debug application programs are available to support an embedded project through the entire development cycle, from troubleshooting a prototype hardware design to writing and debugging boot code, programming in-circuit Flash devices, developing application-level software, and supporting manufacturing burn-in and testing.

Pricing & Availability
The usb2Sprite embedded debug solution is immediately available for $225 USD. Compatible with all of Macraigor’s development and debugging applications, usb2Sprite supports Windows and Linux hosts.

About Macraigor Systems
Macraigor Systems LLC is a leading supplier of boundary scan-based hardware debug and BDM/JTAG connection solutions for on-chip debugging of 32 and 64-bit embedded microprocessors. Macraigor Systems’ solutions are designed for price-sensitive customers. These solutions include a suite of software tools that support Windows 9x, NT, ME, XP, 2000 and Linux host systems. Macraigor Systems supports all major embedded microprocessor architectures, including AMD, ARM, CPU32/ColdFire, PowerPC, MIPS and the XScale microarchitecture.

Macraigor Systems LLC, usb2Sprite and OCDemon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Macraigor Systems LLC in the U.S. and/or internationally.

North American Sales Contact: Macraigor Systems LLC, PO Box 471008, Brookline Village, MA 02447-1008, Tel: 617-739-8693; Fax: 617-739-8694, Email.