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Crossware Enhances 8051 Suite with Support for Silicon Labs’ C8051F5xx Automotive Chips

  • Code Creation Wizards for all On-chip Peripherals
  • Source level debug with Silicon Labs’ Serial and USB debugger interfaces
  • Special version of 8051 suite specifically for Silicon Labs’ development

CAMBRIDGE, UK, May 14, 2010, - Crossware (www.crossware.com), a leading embedded software tools developer, has enhanced its 8051 Development Suite by adding support for the Silicon Laboratories’ C8051F54x, C8051F55x, C8051F56x and C8051F57x families of automotive microcontrollers.

The Silicon Labs’ C8051F54x, C8051F55x, C8051F56x and C8051F57x families are small form factor packages (4mm x 4mm to 6mm x 6mm). With a 50 MIPS 8051 CPU, an integrated 12-bit ADC and many other on-chip peripherals, the microcontrollers are ideal for automotive applications where high performance and integration are required in a contrained space.

The improvements to the Crossware 8051 suite include chip specific code creation wizards, chip specific simulation enhancements and pre-configured startup files. These enable developers to rapidly exploit the advanced features of the C8051F54x, C8051F55x, C8051F56x and C8051F57x microcontrollers, accelerating the development process and significantly reducing new product time-to-market.

Crossware’s code creation wizards are provided for all on-chip peripherals and are able to generate configuration code, interrupt routines and application code.The simulator simulates the 8051 core itself as well as many of the on - chip peripherals.This allows a developer to use the simulator to immediately test the code created using the wizards. The simulator can also be extended using the Virtual Workshop Interface allowing developers to construct a simulation of their complete target system.

The integrated debugging of the C8051F54x, C8051F55x, C8051F56x and C8051F57x chips is exploited by the source level debugger that is integrated into Crossware's IDE allowing programs to be run interactively on the target hardware. The Crossware source level debugger can drive the serial and USB debugger interface cartridges from Silicon Labs’ as well as the Silicon Labs’ USB Toolstick interface.

With its advanced C compiler, libraries, wizards, simulator and debugger, the Crossware 8051 Development Suite provides a complete and extremely user friendly development environment for the Silicon Labs’ family of microcontrollers.

A Silicon Labs-specific version of the Crossware 8051 Development Suite is available for developers who do not require support for 8051 chips from other vendors. An evaluation version of this suite is included on the Third Party Tools and Documentation CD supplied with the Silicon Labs MCU Development Kits.


About Crossware (www.crossware.com)

Crossware is a leading developer of programmer-friendly C/C++ cross compilers and other development tools for embedded systems based on the 8051, ColdFire, ARM, 68000, CPU32 and other chip families. Host environments include Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10. The company, founded by Alan Harry in 1984, is headquartered in the UK at Litlington on the outskirts of Cambridge. Crossware’s products are used throughout the world by professional developers, educational establishments and hobbyists.