BittWare Introduces Industry's First VisualDSP++ Debugger Target for Analog Devices TigerSHARC DSP

8/9/2002 - BittWare announced a software debugger target to support the Analog Devices VisualDSP++ Development Environment for TigerSHARC DSPs. The BittWare Target is a plug-in to the VisualDSP++ debugger that allows the debugger to communicate directly with BittWare's Tiger family of DSP boards. Based on BittWare's targets for the ADSP-2106x and 2116x SHARC® DSPs, the new target has a proven code base, while also employing the powerful debugging features built into the TigerSHARC DSPs.

The BittWare Target has much of the capability of a hardware emulator but provides the extra benefits of a much lower price, faster code-loading time, and easier installation and setup. It allows users to combine any number of processors from multiple Tiger boards into a single debugging session. The Target also supports remote debugging sessions for systems that have no direct access to the hardware, using remote access software.

"The Target brings TigerSHARC software debugging to a new level," said Ron Huizen, vice president of product development at BittWare. "It provides simultaneous debugging of all TigerSHARC DSPs in a system in a single debug session without the need for JTAG-based emulators or code instrumentation."

"With the release of the BittWare Target for TigerSHARC, BittWare is once again showing its leadership in providing TigerSHARC solutions to the industry," said Jerry McGuire, Product Line Director at Analog Devices.

About the BittWare Target
The BittWare Target for VisualDSP++ works with BittWare's Host Interface Library (HIL) to communicate with the TigerSHARCs on the BittWare DSP board. A full-featured software debugger, the Target allows users to set breakpoints, single-step through code in both C and assembly modes, view memory and run code on multiple processors. Because the Target is tightly integrated with VisualDSP++, users can compile and link their code in the VisualDSP++ IDE and then dynamically debug the code directly on the BittWare board.

The Target has an extremely small memory footprint, taking up only two quadwords (eight instructions) of memory, and users can configure a custom debugging session to place the debugger code anywhere in memory. It also provides BittWare-specific extensions to allow PCI interrupt handling and board resets, and users can use existing DSP executables instead of instrumenting the code.

About Analog Devices' VisualDSP++
VisualDSP++ is an integrated development environment and debugger that delivers efficient project management, enabling programmers to move easily between editing, building, and debugging within a single interface. Key features include the C/C++ compiler, advanced plotting tools, statistical profiling, and the VisualDSP++ Kernel (VDK), which allows the user's code to be implemented in a more structured and easier to scale manner. Other features include assembler, linker, libraries, splitter, cycle accurate simulator, and emulator support. VisualDSP++ offers programmers a powerful programming tool with flexibility that significantly reduces time-to-market.

Pricing and Availability
The BittWare Target for TigerSHARC is available now, with prices starting at $1,495.

About BittWare
Founded in 1989, BittWare, Inc. is the leading supplier of SHARC based DSP boards. BittWare exclusively uses Analog Devices' (ADI) SHARC technology to provide standard and application-specific DSP building blocks for high-performance, real-time signal processing applications. Product offerings address OEM needs from prototype-to-production and span a variety of platforms, including PCI, CompactPCI, PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PMC, and standalone.

SHARC is a registered trademark of Analog Devices, Inc. CompactPCI is a registered trademark of PCI Industrial Manufacturers' Group. PC/104 and PC/104-Plus are trademarks of the PC/104 Consortium.

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