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PowerPC USB Multilink Interface

Now available from Computer Solutions are a range of USB-based interfaces to speed up the development and debugging of systems based on the Freescale (formerly Freescale) PowerPC and ColdFire families.

The new products, manufactured by P&E Microcomputer Systems, include USB-based BDM interfaces for the PPC and ColdFire microprocessors and a JTAG interface and development package for the ARM Cortex and PPC 55xx/56xx/57xx Nexus family.

The USB interfaces represent a major step forward in terms of user convenience, particularly now that some PCs are being supplied without parallel ports. The USB interfaces are between three and five times faster than parallel interfaces, while the PPC unit also offers a wider voltage range (1.8-5 V). Another benefit is that they draw power from the USB Bus rather than from the target

Both devices are compatible with P&E's in-circuit debugger and flash programmer software packages to simplify debugging and flash programming of the target processor.

The development package for the PPC 55xx/56xx/57xx Nexus family includes a GCC compiler that is configured to be up and running under Windows 'straight out of the box'. Including a JTAG interface, the package provides debugging with source code linkage, the ability to change and read memory and registers, breakpoints and to single-step. It also includes a flash programmer and 'quick start' manual.

These new products join a range of USB interfaces offered by Computer Solutions, including support for the HCS08, HC12 and HCS12 processors.

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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: BDM and JTAG interfaced debuggers, In-circuit emulators , EPROM emulators USB, Ethernet, RS232 & CAN analysers and device programmers. Software tools include: assemblers, debuggers, compilers, real-time executives, TCP/IP stacks and other high-level protocol libraries.

With 25 years' experience, Computer Solutions Ltd. has unrivalled expertise in embedded tools, consultancy and support.

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For more information on the PPC USB Multilink Interface:

        PPC USB Multilink           P&E's Web Site


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