Electronic Design

Tools For Nios II Code Speed Execution, Reduce Footprint

The Tasking VX-toolset for Altera Corp.’s Nios II family of embedded processors operates seamlessly within the Nios II integrated development environment (IDE) and acts as a "drop-in" replacement for Altera’s standard GNU C compiler (GCC). Initial benchmarking of the Tasking VX-toolset for the Nios II family shows performance advantages of up to a 40% increase in code execution speed and a 20% decrease in memory footprint over the GCC compiler, according to Altium Limited.

The Tasking VX-toolset also allows an easy migration path to Altium Designer, which includes full design support for Nios II-based systems. Direct C code-level compatibility with Altium Designer enables developers to transition projects and take advantage of a unified hardware/software co-design environment. This includes FPGA-based virtual instruments for interactive hardware/software debugging—what Altium calls LiveDesign—to accelerate system development. So designers can develop more intelligent products faster by fully using the potential of high-capacity FPGA devices as a "soft" system development platform. They can then synchronize the design of the physical platform with the "embedded intelligence" that resides on the programmable devices, including FPGAs and processors.

AVAILABILITY

The Tasking VX-toolset for the Nios II family of embedded processors is available immediately.

PRICING

The toolset costs $2995. However, as an introductory offer, the toolset can be purchased for $1995 prior to Sept. 29.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Visit www.altium.com/tasking/ARM

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