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ChipWrights Releases Software Development Kit with VMware Support

August 10, 2009

Developers now have the flexibility to develop code for ChipWrights’ CWvX CW5631 SoC processor using any host operating system supported by VMware®, such as Windows®-based and various Linux®-based versions.

“This is a significant milestone for CW5631 processor software development and a huge benefit for developers who may want to port their development platform to a different environment,” says Halil Padir, Director of Software at ChipWrights, Inc.

The use of virtual machines to support different guest operating systems is becoming popular in embedded systems development. Developers can run different operating systems on the same computer, or older versions of an operating system to support older software. With VMware support, developers have ultimate flexibility to port their development using ChipWrights’ robust SDK in various environments so now they are not tied to a particular operating system.

The ChipWrights SDK runs on a VMware Virtual Machine as a Linux guest system inside VmWare’s Virtual Machine Player. The popular Olimex JTAG pod is supported by the development tools without the need to install any additional device drivers on the host system. The virtual machine runs the Eclipse™ Edition of the ChipWrights SDK, which includes customized plug-ins to support the optimizing compiler, simulator, and debugger for the CW5631’s DSP, as well as industry standard development tools for the ARM core that the CW5631 also contains.

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