GHS promises improved results for automotive code with new compiler

April 16, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The 2014 release of the Green Hills Compiler offers a number of improvements over earlier versions. The most significant one for automotive systems designers, according to Green Hills, is that the EEMBC Automotive Benchmark shows that software compiled with the new version performs up to 10% faster.

With the 2014 version the Green Hills compiler expands its support to a range of new microprocessor families, including ARMv8-A 64 bit Cortex-A57 and Cortex A53 - ARM's most advanced high-end microprocessor as well as the industry's smallest 64-bit microprocessor. Other additions include ARM Cortex-A12, Cortex-A17, the latest versions of Freescale's Qorivva MPC57xx and the QorIQ T-series from the same vendor.

The performance improvements have been achieved through inter-procedural optimisations, loop optimisations and CPU-specific improvements. The Green Hills Compiler is the only commercially available compiler certified according to demanding safety rules such as IEC 61508 Safety Integrity Level 4 and ISO 26262 ASIL D.

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