LONDON, Nov. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) introduces new tools designed to provide everything needed for MIPS software development across the entire product lifecycle from SoC design and integration through SoC bringup to end product. The new Codescape MIPS SDK Essentials (MIPS SDK) and Codescape MIPS SDK Professional (MIPS proSDK) offer powerful capabilities for developers targeting any MIPS-based platforms, from entry-level MIPS development boards through to high-end multi-core SoC-powered systems.
Says Tony King-Smith, EVP Marketing, Imagination: "Our new Codescape tools for MIPS give developers all the options they need, whether they are a student using one of a growing range of low-cost MIPS development boards, or a team of software professionals creating advanced MIPS-based heterogeneous multi-core systems based on our latest MIPS Warrior CPUs. Codescape tools are state-of-the-art, feature-rich solutions for developers using any of our MIPS cores old or new, and also form a key part of Imagination's plans for development and debug of future heterogeneous systems. This will be of increasing value to our customers as they look to Imagination not just for standalone IP cores, but for customizable IP-based platforms that they can use to create differentiated SoC products."
The new Codescape tools build on the open source GNU compiler and debugger (GCC and GDB) for MIPS, which are fully maintained by Imagination as part of the company's commitment to the growing open source community around the MIPS CPU architecture. Imagination continues to increase its contributions to the open source community, with more than 3x increase in upstream submissions over the past 12 months.
The Codescape MIPS SDK Essentials (MIPS SDK) includes all of the tools and resources needed to get started with MIPS software development, including bootloaders, linkers, example code, and more. This easy-to-use toolkit is available as a free download from Imagination's website for any developer getting started with MIPS-based software development.
The Codescape MIPS SDK Professional (MIPS proSDK) is a premium, feature-rich toolkit that provides professional software developers all the tools needed for advanced MIPS software development. It can be used for anything from low level bringup and evaluation of MIPS-based SoCs, through to complex application software development for a wide range of OS environments from Linux down to bare metal systems. The MIPS proSDK includes the latest Codescape features, including the popular Codescape Debugger and Codescape Console, as well as full library source, and IASim latest processor core models and platforms, based on a high-speed CPU simulator from Imagination partner Imperas.
Both the MIPS SDK and MIPS proSDK work with a wide range of probes available from both Imagination and third parties. As part of its commitment to choice and a vibrant ecosystem, Imagination continues to fully support other MIPS ecosystem tool partners including Mentor Graphics and Greenhills Software.
MIPS Developer Communities
Developers can join the growing MIPS Insider Community to participate in forums and discussion at http://community.imgtec.com/developers/mips/, part of Imagination's extensive community of developers. There is also a growing community of developers in the new prpl Foundation open source community www.prplfoundation.org.
Existing Customer Support
Imagination will continue to support all customers using existing MIPS tools including Navigator ICS tools and probes, as MIPS users migrate over time to the new Codescape tools to take advantage of its powerful new features and functionality.
The Codescape MIPS SDK and Codescape MIPS proSDK are available now from the Imagination store at http://store.imgtec.com. The MIPS SDK is available as a free download. For more information, visit http://community.imgtec.com/developers/mips/tools/codescape-mips-sdk/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Imagination Technologies
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