8-bits get updates too; IAR revises tools for the STM8 core

November 24, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
IAR Systems has a new version of its development tools for STMicroelectronics’ STM8. Version 2.10 of IAR Embedded Workbench for STM8 adds new functionality for debugging, as well as selectable math functions, updated user documentation and new device support.

The STM8 microcontroller platform is implemented around a high-performance 8-bit core and an advanced set of peripherals. The platform is manufactured using an ST-proprietary 130 nm embedded non-volatile memory technology.

Full support for STM8 MCUs is offered by IAR Embedded Workbench. The complete set of embedded development tools includes the highly optimising IAR C/C++ Compiler and the C-SPY Debugger. Newly-added are C-SPY windows that simplify the management of macros. C-SPY macros can be used to automate debugging and verification tasks, and also to perform a wide variety of other tasks such as hardware configuration, simulation of peripheral drivers and feeding of the application with simulated data during runtime. Also new in C-SPY is functionality for saving watch window content and added features for developers working with the ST-LINK or STice emulators.

The build tools in IAR Embedded Workbench for STM8 feature sophisticated code optimisations operating on multiple levels and creating the most compact code. By making use of the newly-introduced possibility of selecting smaller math functions, developers can compact their code even further.

Version 2.10 also includes updated development and debugging guides, as well as support for the latest STM8 devices.

IAR Systems; www.iar.com/ewstm8