18 Jul 2003
µVision2 Supports QuickCores 8051 FPGA
Plano, TX: Keil Software now supports Remote Monitoring and Debugging of QuickCores' new FPGA-based Pro8051+ and Pro8051HYPERCORE synthesizable microcontroller soft cores. Working with Keil Software, QuickCores provides a downloadable, self-extracting driver (DLL) set that allows the µVision2 Debugger to communicate with the Pro8051 JTAG-accessible real-time monitor and debug logic via TCP/IP or direct connection.
Hardware Real-Time Monitor
The Pro8051 CPU soft core is the industry's first (and only) 8051 instruction-set-compatible microcontroller soft core built on a JTAG-accessible real-time monitor architecture. When implemented in an Actel ProASIC+ FPGA, access to the Pro8051 soft core's real-time monitor and debug logic is through the same JTAG pins used for programming logic inside the FPGA. The Pro8051 real-time monitor architecture does not require any embedded monitor software routines or even a serial port. Instead, µVision2 uses the same JTAG controller pod and connector used for In System Programming (ISP) of the FPGA.
On-the-Fly Examination and Editing of Memory and SFRs
Once drivers are installed, you may use µVision2 to monitor and debug QuickCores' Pro8051 FPGA-based designs in real-time over a TCP/IP connection. Since the real-time monitor is hardware-based, no monitor program software is required on the target. With µVision2 and QuickCores' DLLs, you can remotely examine and edit any program, data, or SFR location on-the-fly without halting program execution. This capability is invaluable for developing real-time applications such as motor control and instrumentation where halting the CPU to change an operational parameter or coefficient could be fatal to the application hardware.
Download the Pro8051 Driver
QuickCores develops and licenses synthesizable microcontroller IP for embedding in FPGA and ASIC devices. Since its inception in 1996, QuickCores has focused on adapting the models of popular microcontrollers to include on-chip, real-time monitoring and debug capability. All of QuickCores microcontroller IP is built on a patented real-time monitor and data exchange architecture that enables high speed exchange and monitoring of data between target and host using a JTAG interface. For more information about QuickCores and its products, visit www.quickcores.com.
About Keil Software
Keil Software makes C compilers, macro assemblers, real-time kernels, debuggers, simulators, integrated environments, and evaluation boards for the 8051, 251, C16x/ST10, and ARM7 microcontroller families. Products available from Keil Software include embedded development tools, evaluation software, product updates, application notes, example code, and technical support. More information is available from www.keil.com.