TASKING C compiler for Power Architecture

December 18, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Altium has a major release of its TASKING C compiler solution for automotive application development, supporting the Power Architecture based microcontrollers from the Freescale Qorivva/5xxx series and STMicroelectronics SPC5 series.

In addition to various improvements on code optimisations for speed and size, the compiler brings device support for the MPC56xx and SPC56x microcontroller series, while also allowing users to develop applications for new devices by selecting the corresponding e200 core level.

This new release of the VX-toolset operates under the Eclipse IDE, through a plug-in that enables a seamless integration of the compiler tools and the simulator user-interface into the Eclipse framework. The TASKING compiler plug-in enables customisation and optimisation of the build process by selecting the compiler chain options from a configuration explorer tree. This saves the developer from having to type options manually in text boxes or on the command line.

By using TASKING’s Viper technology, compatibility with other popular TASKING toolsets is guaranteed and migration of an application to and from other architectures is straightforward. TASKING toolsets have been used to build efficient and robust code for automotive applications such as power train, body control, chassis control and safety critical applications. In this new release the Viper compiler is extended with caching functionality which saves the compiler’s intermediate results in order to avoid full compilations, significantly reducing the project build time of embedded applications and saving developers both time and cost.


Features of the TASKING VX-toolset for Power Architecture compiler include:

· Eclipse IDE with integrated compiler and simulator

· MISRA C and CERT C code analyser built into the compiler

· Profiling through code instrumentation and run-time error checking capabilities

· Highly configurable linker with versatile script language for optimal memory control

· Compliant to relevant industry standards

The new Power Architecture toolset release includes TASKING’s new license management system, offering configurability from single users to global development teams, with comprehensive license usage reporting facilities for IT managers or license compliance managers. The VX-toolset for Power Architecture release v2.1 is available now on PC/Windows, with other platforms supported on request. Pricing starts at $4,695 /