Macraigor ports technology to Cortex-A8 processor

Macraigor Systems

Cortex-A8

Macraigor Systems has ported its its On-Chip Debug Technology (OCDemon), GNU Tools Suite and Eclipse Ganymede/Galileo platform to the ARM Cortex-A8 processor.

The Cortex-A8 is a superscalar processor featuring technology for enhanced code density and performance, Neon technology for multimedia and signal processing, and Jazelle RCT (Runtime Compilation Target) technology for high-performance, power-efficient mobile devices.

The Macraigor Eclipse Ganymede/Galileo + GNU Tools Suite is an implementation and packaging of the Eclipse Ganymede/Galileo platform, CDT (C/C++ Development Tooling) 5.0.x and DSDP (Device Software Development Platform) 1.0 plug in and Ocdremote, which provides an interface between Eclipse, the GDB debugger and a Macraigor On-Chip Debug device.

Macraigor's JTAG interface devices are also available for use with other ARM devices, including Cortex M3, ARM 7, ARM 9, ARM 11, Freescale's iMX series and XScale.

With the more complex processors, on-chip debug resources have been added to aid hardware and software designers.

Via a choice of communication channels, a host debugger communicates with a Macraigor Systems device and then to the target processor.

Since there is no need for any resident code, this debug method is available for hardware initialisation and debug, as well as Flash EEPROM programming, kernel, driver and application software debug.

Macraigor Systems offers a host-based application that allows programming of Flash EEPROM via the JTAG connection.

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