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Cosmic Power Architecture® Cross Development Tools

Cosmic's toolchain for the Power Architecture family is part of a complete and uniform product line incorporating over 20 years of innovative design and development. All Cosmic products include one year of technical support and updates.

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Integrated Development Environment

All Cosmic C Cross Compilers for Windows include IDEA - Cosmic's own integrated development environment which is preconfigured for the Power Architecture family of processors. IDEA is designed specifically for developing embedded applications with Cosmic compilers. IDEA integrates an editor, project manager, graphical smart build/make facility, program analyzer, link file generator, documentation manager and ZAP debugger into one easy to use environment running under Windows.
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The C Compiler package includes: an integrated development environment with optimizing ANSI-C cross compiler, macro assembler, linker, librarian, hex file generator, object format converters, debugging support utilities, run-time library source code, and a multi-pass compiler command driver. The compiler also supports non-intrusive C source-level debugging with Cosmic's line of ZAP debuggers.
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Power Architecture Specific features include:
  • Power Architecture e200z0, Z1, Z3 and Z6 Cores
    Compiler supports all standard Power Architecture and VLE instructions including hardware floating point instruction in standard mode.
  • VLE Support
    In addition to standard Power Architecture support, the Cosmic compiler has been designed with a VLE only model to produce very efficient Variable Length Encoding (VLE) code for the NXP MPC56xx and STMicroelectronics SPC56xx families.
  • ANSI and ISO C Compiler
    The Cosmic Power Architecture compiler follows ANSI and ISO rules and conventions. All code and libraries are optimized specifically for the Power Architecture processor core. All Power Architecture derivatives and sub-families are supported.
  • Reentrant and Recursive
    With all programming models all code is fully reentrant and recursive using standard ANSI stack frame conventions.
  • Memory Models
    CXPPC supports different programming model options to fine tune code optimizations to your application and memory requirements.
  • C Support for Short Data and Constants
    Compiler source extensions provide efficient use for frequently used data and constants.
  • In-line Assembly
    The compiler provides three convenient methods for adding assembly code inside a C program. Includes an argument passing mechanism.
  • Absolute Listings
    Optionally produce relocatable and/or absolute C interspersed with the corresponding Assembly listings.
  • IEEE-754 Floating Point
    Supports IEEE single and double precision floating point formats with full ANSI libraries (Source code included, royalty free).
  • Moveable Code Feature
    Moveable code feature is designed to make RAM based code like boot loaders and programmers easy to create and maintain. The Linker automatically creates a segment in ROM to store moveable code. Then at run time, use the supplied library function to relocate and copy the moveable code into RAM for execution.
  • Check Sum Feature
    Easy to use check sum facility and library (Source included) allow users to quickly implement an efficient check sum on any or all sections. Check sum calculation and insertion is transparently managed by the linker.
  • Mixed C and Assembly
    Cosmic tools support mixed C and Assembly applications. Including Assembler support for C #defines and #includes so C and assembly language modules may share common constants and macros.
  • Host Independent Formats
    The Cosmic relocatable and absolute object formats are host independent. This allows user's on PC, SUN and HP to share objects for linking and debugging.
  • ELF/DWARF Debug Support
    The Cosmic compiler suite supports the ELF DWARF standard debug format used by many popular emulators and logic analyzers.
  • In-Circuit Emulator Compatibility
    CXPPC is compatible with all existing emulators.
  • Flexible Compiler Interface
    Cosmic compilers are designed to be powerful and flexible so they can be used with virtually any environment. Use Cosmic's own IDEA interface or use your favorite editor, make utility and/or source code control system - It's Your Choice!!

ZAP PPC Multilink Debugger

Cosmic's ZAP PPC Multilink debugger provides a FLASH programming and real-time debugging environment for the Power Architecture on-chip JTAG/Nexus port using P&E Microcomputer Systems USB PowerPC Nexus Multilink cable.  ZAP PPC Multilink includes all standard ZAP functionality and the following Multilink specific features:

  • Supports NXP and STMicroelectronics Z0 and Z1 cores
    ZAP currently supports NXP’s MPC5510, MPC560xA, MPC560xB, MPC560xL, MPC560xM, MPC560xP, MPC560xS and STMicroelectronics’s SPC560xB, SPC560xEL, SPC560xP and SPC560xS
  • Flash Programming
    ZAP PPC Multilink debugger includes an integrated Flash programmer that provides an efficient one-step Flash programming and debug symbol setup using a single project file.  All debug information remains on the host PC and no code is altered for debugging.
  • Single Chip Debugging
    ZAP debugs single chip applications directly in Flash in real-time.
  • Comprehensive Run Control
    ZAP provides Comprehensive C and assembly run control with Step instruction, Step source line, Step into or over functions.   
  • Automatic Clock Detection
    ZAP connects through a USB port and automatically determines the target clock speed for connection.
  • Hardware Breakpoints
    ZAP uses the on-chip hardware breakpoint module to provide real-time execution and breakpoint capabilities. ZAP transparently configures the hardware breakpoint module to support 4 real-time execution breakpoints.

Standard ZAP Debugger Features

  • ANSI C Debugging
    offers easy access to any C object including Enums, Bit Fields, Structs, Floats, Strings etc.
  • Expandable Structure and Array displays
    view complex data using expandable tree displays on structures, unions and arrays.
  • Assembly Source Debugging
    Debug mixed C and assembly applications at the C or Assembly source level including coordinated source and disassembly displays.
  • Nonintrusive "Optimizer On" Debugging
    ZAP does not modify or augment the user code in any way. The code used by ZAP is the same optimized code that will be used in the final product. All debug symbols are stored in a separate section on the host PC. Debug symbols are never stored on the target.
  • Automated Testing
    In addition to the graphical interface, ZAP offers a robust command and scripting language which can be used to create automated test scripts including:
    Multiple File Simulated I/O
    Interactively open, read and write to multiple input and output files on the host system.
  • Source Browsing
    Browse and set breakpoints in any source windows.

Supporting Power Architecture processors from NXP and STMicroelectronics

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