Updated 8051 development targets Internet of Things

May 21, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Version 9.20 of IAR Embedded Workbench for 8051 supports the energy-efficient EFM8 MCUs from Silicon Labs tailored for fast and small IoT applications

IAR Systems' latest version of its IAR Embedded Workbench for 8051 development toolchain now hasadded support for new IoT-targeted microcontrollers as well as parallel build for shorten build times.

The 8051 technology has become very popular in low-power, sensor-dense Internet of Things (IoT) applications. To make full use of these devices, developers need easy-to-use tools that create small and smart code. Version 9.20 of IAR Embedded Workbench for 8051 adds full support for the EFM8 microcontroller series from Silicon Labs. The energy-efficient EFM8 MCUs are targeted for IoT systems processing data that comes from port I/O or sensor inputs. The full tools support includes device support files, header files and debugging capabilities. The SEGGER J-Link Plus Debug Probe is supported with a new C-SPY hardware debugger driver, enabling hardware debugging of the new devices in addition to C-SPY Simulator debugging.

In order to speed up build times, parallel build has been introduced. The user can set the compiler to run in several parallel processes and make better use of the available processor cores in the PC. This feature can have a major impact on reducing the build times of the compiler.

IAR Embedded Workbench for 8051 is a complete set of development tools for microcontrollers based on the 8051 core. It incorporates IDE tools, the highly optimising IAR C/C++ Compiler and the C-SPY Debugger. For simplified development workflows, the tools feature integrations for a range of hardware debug systems and device configuration tools.

IAR Systems; www.iar.com/iar-embedded-workbench/8051/