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2008 : Development and Build Environment for Embedded Systems

Author(s)
Bernhard Frömel
Abstract
Much time during software development is plainly and simply wasted. Reasons could be many, but one of the most decisive ones is an unsuitable development and build environment. Currently there is a wide variety of methods and open source tools available which can help greatly. On the other hand, embedded special purpose hardware, like microcontrollers, digital signal processors and systems-on-a-chip require special vendor-manufactured tools which indirectly dictate a xed and often in exible development process. First, this work discusses existing build utilities which may help in (i) enchanting the actual development process for multiple diverse embedded systems and (ii) weakening vendor specific dependencies. Then, those tools are put together in a uniform development and build environment for embedded systems. Feasibility of this environment is directly tested by employing it in a concrete project objective: to design a development and build environment for the Powerlink based systems MPC555PL, TC1796PL and the FPGA softcore SoC Leon-III.
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