Embedded tool-chain configuration via compiler porting service

July 26, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
GCC-based tool-chains have, notes tool vendor Segger, become very sophisticated and popular. Following numerous requests, Segger now offers a professional toolchain porting service.

This service enables the migration of a project from one tool-chain (IDE and Compiler) to another. The service includes every aspect of migration: C and Assembly files are modified as necessary, linker and setup files are created, and a project is created specifically for the newly chosen target tool-chain which mirrors the configurations found in the original project. The end developer typically needs less than half a day to be up and running with his new tool-chain.

The porting service can pay for itself, especially when moving from an expensive proprietary commercial tool-chain to a GCC-based one. There are multiple reasons to take advantage of this service which include:

- No dependency on a particular vendor

- Remove problems with license management

- Increase productivity

- Reduced cost

- Better editor/debugger

- More flexibility

Porting from one tool-chain to another is easiest and therefore least expensive, if the firmware is based on Segger middleware. “Due to years of experience with different tool-chains, it is easy for our engineers to migrate projects from one tool-chain to another. We do it all the time. And, with the obvious trend found in our industry, of companies moving to GCC-based tool-chains, a porting service to help facilitate this only makes sense. We find that companies are switching to all forms of GCC-based tool-chains, be they Visual-Studio-Style or Eclipse, commercial or free”, says Ivo Geilenbruegge, Managing Director of Segger.

Segger; www.segger.com