Universal Debug Engine 2.6 Supports Renesas SH725x Microcontroller

Support for Renesas’ SH725x powertrain microcontroller (MCU) series is presented by pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme with the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.6 in Hall 10, Stand 215 at embedded world 2009. The UDE 2.6 is a comfortable software and hardware tool for the development, test and service of SH725x-based MCU applications.

SH725x incorporates an SH-2A CPU core clocked at up to 200 MHz, up to 3.8 Mbytes of flash memory, maximum of 256 Kbytes RAM and powerful peripheral functions such as CAN, Advanced Timer Unit, DMA controller, serial interfaces and more make the device ideal for demanding powertrain applications.

Universal Debug Engine 2.6 with Renesas SH725x Microcontroller SupportThe intuitive and configurable user interface of the UDE 2.6 offers SH725x users, among other things, unrestricted C/C++ support, a powerful symbol browser, freely configurable toolbars, extensive contextual menus and HTML as description language for application-specific windows. Furthermore, by using standard script language a high degree of automation is guaranteed. All on-chip debug capabilities of the controller, including the maximum ten code breakpoints and two data breakpoints, are usable at a high level of abstraction inside the debugger.

An additional advantage offered by the UDE 2.6 is the high transfer speeds. In combination with pls’ Universal Access Device 2 (UAD2), download rates of greater than 1.5 Mbytes/s can be achieved via the JTAG interface. This not only guarantees SH725x users a fast flash programming, but also short turnaround times during the development and real-time data visualization via the JTAG-based debug port.

Not only developers that want to focus solely on this new architecture profit from the support of the powertrain controller by means of the UDE 2.6, but also users that are already working with other popular 16-bit and 32-bit MCU families and the Universal Debug Engine. “Particularly in the automotive sector, but also in industrial applications, increasingly often two or more different processors in parallel or as multi-core architecture are used. In future, by support of the SH-2A core even more developers than previously can now use the advantages of this unique modular hardware and software tool over the entire range of microcontroller architectures used by them,” says Thomas Bauch, Managing Director of pls.

pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme GmbH
pls Programierbare Logik & Systeme GmbH, located in Lauta, Germany, was founded in 1990 by Thomas Bauch and Dr. Stefan Weisse. The company is among the worldwide leading suppliers of software debugging solutions and complete development tools for 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers. Important architectures such as TriCore, PowerArchitecture, SH-2A, XC2000/XE166, ARM, Cortex, XScale and C16x/ST10 are supported. The innovative software architecture of the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) guarantees optimal conditions for the debugging of modern System-on-Chip (SoC) based systems. Furthermore, the complementary equipment family Universal Access Device2 (UAD2), with transfer rates of up to 3.5 Mbytes/s and a wide range of interfaces, offers fully new dimensions for fast and flexible access to multi-core systems.

Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. is one of the world’s leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets and the world’s No.1 supplier of microcontrollers. It is also a leading provider of LCD Driver ICs, Smart Card microcontrollers, RF-ICs, High Power Amplifiers, Mixed Signal ICs, System-on-Chip (SoC) devices, System-in-Package (SiP) products and more. Established in 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503), Renesas Technology achieved consolidated revenue of 951 billion JPY in FY2007 (end of March 2008). Renesas Technology is based in Tokyo, Japan and has a global network of manufacturing, design and sales operations in around 20 countries with about 26,800 employees worldwide.