pls' Universal Debug Engine now also supports Renesas' powertrain microcontroller

Presentation of complete development and debug tool for SH725x 32-bit microcontroller series

Thomas Bauch
(PresseBox) ( Lauta, )
Support for Renesas' SH725x powertrain microcontroller (MCU) series is presented by pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme with the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.6 in Hall 10, Stand 215 at embedded world 2009. The UDE 2.6 is a comfortable software and hardware tool for the development, test and service of SH725x-based MCU applications.

SH725x incorporates an SH-2A CPU core clocked at up to 200 MHz, up to 3.8 Mbytes of flash memory, maximum of 256 Kbytes RAM and powerful peripheral functions such as CAN, Advanced Timer Unit, DMA controller, serial interfaces and more make the device ideal for demanding powertrain applications.

The intuitive and configurable user interface of the UDE 2.6 offers SH725x users, among other things, unrestricted C/C++ support, a powerful symbol browser, freely configurable toolbars, extensive contextual menus and HTML as description language for application-specific windows. Furthermore, by using standard script language a high degree of automation is guaranteed. All on-chip debug capabilities of the controller, including the maximum ten code breakpoints and two data breakpoints, are usable at a high level of abstraction inside the debugger.

An additional advantage offered by the UDE 2.6 is the high transfer speeds. In combination with pls' Universal Access Device 2 (UAD2), download rates of greater than 1.5 Mbytes/s can be achieved via the JTAG interface. This not only guarantees SH725x users a fast flash programming, but also short turnaround times during the development and real-time data visualization via the JTAG-based debug port.

Not only developers that want to focus solely on this new architecture profit from the support of the powertrain controller by means of the UDE 2.6, but also users that are already working with other popular 16 bit and 32 bit MCU families and the Universal Debug Engine. "Particularly in the automotive sector, but also in industrial applications, increasingly often two or more different processors in parallel or as multi-core architecture are used. In future, by support of the SH-2A core even more developers than previously can now use the advantages of this unique modular hardware and software tool over the entire range of microcontroller architectures used by them," says Thomas Bauch, Managing Director of pls.

Renesas Technology Corp.

Renesas Technology Corp. is one of the world's leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets and the world's No.1 supplier of microcontrollers. It is also a leading provider of LCD Driver ICs, Smart Card microcontrollers, RF-ICs, High Power Amplifiers, Mixed Signal ICs, System-on-Chip (SoC) devices, System-in-Package (SiP) products and more. Established in 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503), Renesas Technology achieved consolidated revenue of 951 billion JPY in FY2007 (end of March 2008). Renesas Technology is based in Tokyo, Japan and has a global network of manufacturing, design and sales operations in around 20 countries with about 26,800 employees worldwide. For further information, please visit
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