Free evelopment tools for embedded Linux now available from ARM

April 24, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
ARM has extended the scope of its Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE) to provide a fully featured, industry standard, and free-to-use software development environment for Embedded Linux applications including Android.

DS-5 CE provides an integrated solution including an Eclipse IDE, GNU cross-compiler, DS-5 Debugger, Streamline performance analyser, online help and software examples. This level of integration enables developers to get up and running with their projects quickly. In addition, DS-5 CE runs on Linux, Windows and Mac OS hosts, making it ideal for microcontroller users moving into the world of Linux.
The graphical DS-5 Debugger only needs an Ethernet connection to the target to enable power debug features typically available only in commercial debuggers. In addition, it integrates Linux-specific functionality, such as a target file system explorer and an automated flow for downloading applications to the target, launching them and connecting the debugger.
The ARM Streamline performance analyser provides Linux developers with an unprecedented level of visibility into how their application interacts with the rest of the Linux stack and the underlying hardware. Streamline makes it easy to locate code hotspots, system bottlenecks, inefficient threading, ineffective use of the cache memories and GPUs, and many other software issues.
The use of Linux is growing rapidly in the embedded space, fueled by the availability of low-cost, low-power, high-performance ARM processor-based MPUs with working Linux ports and communication stacks. Unfortunately, getting started with Embedded Linux can be a daunting experience, with a number of fragmented open-source development tools with command line interfaces and lack of interoperability. Just getting a Linux cross-development environment up and running may take hours for a Linux expert, or days for an embedded developer from a microcontroller background.
DS-5 CE is available now. New users can benefit from all the components in DS-5 CE by doing a standard DS-5 installation and registering an activation code from ds.arm.com/ds-5-community-edition/getting-started/. Developers with an existing Eclipse IDE and Linux compiler can install the DS-5 Debugger and Streamline components of DS-5 CE as Eclipse plug-ins from ds.arm.com/ds-5-community-edition/getting-started-update-site/

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