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New range of low cost BDM development tools
Microprocessor Development tools specialist Computer Solutions Ltd (COMSOL) has been appointed European distributor of BDM (Background Debug™ Mode) tools for P&E Microcomputer Systems Inc.
To celebrate, visitors to COMSOL's website can win a complete development system for Freescale’s 68HC12, 68HC16, 68HC3xx or ColdFire processors.
P&E Microcomputer Systems is a leading supplier of BDM tools and DOS versions of its products are used as the development environment in many of Freescale’s Evaluation Board packages. UK users can now purchase the advanced Windows versions including - In-Circuit Debugger, BDM Programmer, Register Editor and direct BDM control libraries, as well as BDM cables.
As processors become faster and more powerful, developing and debugging applications becomes more difficult. In-Circuit Emulation is a powerful technique, but can become expensive or impractical as CPU complexity increases. Background Debugging Mode incorporates debugging circuitry within every production CPU chip to provide the user with access and control via a small number of dedicated pins and an inexpensive connector.
BDM circuitry is currently included in Freescale’s 68HC12, 68HC16, 68HC3xx and ‘ColdFire’ CPU’s. Background Debug Mode offers developers direct access to processor registers and peripherals as well as program and data memory.
The technique provides users with low-cost development tools. No expensive CPU emulators are required and because the CPU does not need to be removed, high cost CPU sockets and adaptors are eliminated. Debugging can take place on production systems, as no additional RAM/ROM nor unnecessary serial I/O ports are required. In applications where the program is held in Flash memory, the BDM interface can be used to load the latest version of the application during manufacture
P&E’s BDM development tools include the following components:
P&E's BDM development tools offer users a low-cost solution to debugging development and production systems. It is a powerful, high-speed system that will reduce the debugging cycle without great cost.
P&E BDM products are available for Win 3.1, W95/98 and Windows NT based systems.
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Computer Solutions Ltd is the UK's premier supplier of microprocessor development tools. It supplies a wide range of software and hardware tools that support over 100 different microprocessor families. Hardware products include; In Circuit Emulators, EPROM Emulators and Device Programmers. Software tools include; Assemblers, Debuggers, Compilers, Real time executives, TCP/IP stacks and other high level protocol libraries.
With 20 years' experience, Computer Solutions Ltd has unrivalled expertise in embedded tools, consultancy and support.
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