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Free dev tools support Renesas chips, Linux hosts

Feb 22, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

An India-based development services provider is offering Eclipse plugin-based GNU toolchains for Renesas processors, and an Eclipse-based IDE for Linux- and Windows-based development hosts. KPIT Cummins says its “KPIT Coronoa” IDE and KPIT GNU toolchains offer state-of-the-art features, and are suitable for commercial product development.

KPIT Cummins says its freely licensed GNU-based toolchains are available as pre-built binaries or as source code. They can be licensed royalty-free to build commercial products, and do not oblige users to release their source code under the GPL, the company says.

The KPIT toolchains are said to work with Renesas's High-performance Embedded Workshop (HEW) tool. Alternatively, the toolchains are available as Eclipse plugins for KPIT's Eclipse-based Corona IDE.

The Corona IDE is based on Eclipse v3.2.1 and CDT (C/C++ development tool) v3.1.1. It has recently gained support for Linux development hosts. Previously, it supported only Windows development hosts, and KPIT toolchains for Infineon processors.

Additional touted Corona features include:

  • Plug-ins available for SH, H8, M32C
  • Quick Project generation wizard
  • Exhaustive help (datasheets, sample projects, GNU manuals), cheatsheets
  • Map file outline view
  • Hex editor
  • Makefile generator
  • Simulator and eebugger support
  • C/C++ static analysis
  • Available on Linux/Windows Hosts.
  • In-built revision control (CVS)
  • Content assist
  • Full C/C++ source code navigation
  • Pre-defined code templates
  • Search engine


The KPIT toolchains are available now with registration from a dedicated website. The Corona IDE is available now direct from KPIT Cummins. Also available for both offerings is support — including Japanese language support — from KPIT's “global” organization.

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