IAR Systems adds support for ARMv8-M and ARM Fast Models

June 24, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
IAR Systems is, the company says, the first independent development tools vendor to enable early software development for devices based on the next generation ARM Cortex-M architecture ARMv8-M. (graphic; ARM)

The latest version of the IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM development toolchain enables early software development for the ARMv8-M architecture. Thanks to an integration of ARM Fast Models hardware simulation technology, developers get access to a virtual prototype of the new ARMv8-M architecture directly in IAR Embedded Workbench, with the ability to do virtual prototyping in the early stages of the silicon bring-up.


The ARMv8-M architecture is the next generation of the ARM Cortex-M microcontroller architecture. It includes hardware-based security extensions with the ARM TrustZone technology and focuses on bringing productivity and security to a wider number of developers and applications in the embedded and Internet of Things markets. The C/C++ compiler and debugger toolchain supports all available ARM cores and devices from all major vendors, in total over 4,500 devices, and the latest version now adds support for the ARMv8-M architecture. In addition to its IAR C/C++ Compiler, the toolchain includes debugging capabilities through the C-SPY Debugger that now also integrates the ARM Fast Models hardware simulation technology through the CADI interface. The extensively validated programmer’s view models in ARM Fast Models provide access to ARM-based systems suitable for early software development. This makes it possible for developers to start developing for ARMv8-M before silicon availability.


”Providing robust security in the microcontroller itself is essential for the future of billions of connected devices, and we are proud to enable early software development for new technologies within this space, says Anders Lundgren, Product Manager, IAR Systems.


IAR Systems; www.iar.com/iar-embedded-workbench/arm/