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ARM Development Studio Ultimate (Archive NL/FL License)

DS-5 is a professional software development solution for bare-metal embedded systems and Linux-based systems covering all stages in development from boot code and kernel porting to application and bare-metal debugging including performance analysis.

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FEATURES

DS-5 is a professional software development solution for bare-metal embedded systems and Linux-based systems covering all stages in development from boot code and kernel porting to application and bare-metal debugging including performance analysis.

It includes:

  • Eclipse for DS-5 is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that combines the Eclipse IDE from the Eclipse Foundation with the compilation and debug technology of the Arm tools.
  • DS-5 Debugger, a graphical debugger supporting software development on Arm processor-based targets and Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP) targets.
  • Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP) targets enable development of software without the requirement for actual hardware.
  • Arm Streamline is a graphical performance analysis tool that enables you to transform sampling data and system trace into reports that present the data in both visual and statistical forms.
  • Arm Compiler 5 and Arm Compiler 6 toolchains that enable you to build embedded and bare-metal code.
  • Dedicated examples, applications, and supporting documentation to help you get started with using the DS-5 tools.

Some third-party compilers are compatible with DS-5. For example, the GNU Compiler tools enable you to compile bare-metal, Linux kernel, and Linux applications for Arm targets.

About Eclipse for DS-5

Eclipse for DS-5 is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that combines the Eclipse IDE from the Eclipse Foundation with the compilation and debug technology of the Arm tools.

It includes:

Project manager
The project manager enables you to perform various project tasks such as adding or removing files and dependencies to projects, importing, exporting, or creating projects, and managing build options.
Editors
Editors enable you to read, write, or modify C/C++ or Arm assembly language source files.
Perspectives and views
Perspectives provide customized views, menus, and toolbars to suit a particular type of environment. DS-5 uses the C/C++, DS-5 Debug, and DS-5 Configuration perspectives. To switch perspectives, from the main menu, select Window > Open Perspective.

About DS-5 Debugger

DS-5 Debugger, a graphical debugger supporting software development on Arm processor-based targets and Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP) targets.

It makes it easy to debug bare-metal and Linux applications with comprehensive and intuitive views, including synchronized source and disassembly, call stack, memory, registers, expressions, variables, threads, breakpoints, and trace.

Using the Debug Control view, you can single-step through applications at source-level or instruction-level and see the other views update as the code is executed. Setting breakpoints or watchpoints can assist you by stopping the application and enabling you to explore the behavior of the application. You can also use the Trace view on some targets to trace function executions in your application with a timeline showing the sequence of events.

You can also debug using the DS-5 Command Prompt command-line console.

About Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP) Models

Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP) targets enable development of software without the requirement for actual hardware. The functional behavior of a Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP) is equivalent to real hardware from a programmer’s view.

When using a Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP), absolute timing accuracy is sacrificed to achieve fast simulated execution speed. This means that you can use a model for confirming software functionality, but you must not rely on the accuracy of cycle counts, low-level component interactions, or other hardware-specific behavior.

DS-5 provides several FVPs, covering a range of processors in the Cortex family. You can also connect to a variety of other Arm and third-party simulation models implementing CADI.

DS-5 provides an Armv8-A Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP) executable that supports the SVE architecture extension. You can also connect to a variety of other Arm and third-party simulation models.

The executables are located in <tools_directory>. You can use them to run your applications from either the command-line or within Eclipse. See Installation directories for more information about various directories that are installed with DS-5.

About Arm Compiler tools

Arm Compiler tools enable you to build applications and libraries suitable for bare-metal embedded systems.

DS-5 provides two versions of Arm Compiler for compiling embedded and bare-metal applications:

  • Arm Compiler 5 – Supports all Arm architectures from Armv4 to Armv7 inclusive.
    Note

    All architectures before Armv4 are obsolete and are no longer supported by Arm Compiler 5.

  • Arm Compiler 6 – Supports Armv6-M, Armv7, and Armv8 architectures. Arm Compiler 6 also supports the SVE architectural extensions. This toolchain is recommended for software development targeting Armv8-A with the SVE architectural extensions for High Performance Computing (HPC).

You can use them to build your applications from either the command-line or within Eclipse.

Table 1-1 Arm Compiler Tools

ToolDescription
armarLibrarian. This enables sets of ELF format object files to be collected together and maintained in archives or libraries. You can pass such a library or archive to the linker in place of several ELF files. You can also use the archive for distribution to a third party for application development.
armasmAssembler. This assembles Arm and Thumb assembly language sources.
armccArm Compiler 5. This compiles your C and C++code. It supports inline and embedded assemblers.
armclangArm Compiler 6 and Assembler. This compiles C and C++ code, and assembles A32, A64, and T32 GNU syntax assembly code. The armclang compiler also contains an advanced auto-vectorizer, capable of taking advantage of SVE features. armclang is also able to compile assembly files containing SVE instructions. It supports inline GNU syntax assembly code.
armlinkLinker. This combines the contents of one or more object files with selected parts of one or more object libraries to produce an executable program.
fromelfImage conversion utility. This can also generate textual information about the input image, such as disassembly and its code and data size.
llvm-objdumpUse the llvm-objdump tool with the SVE target feature enabled to display the details and contents of an ELF-format binary file. This includes disassembly of the text section of an object containing SVE instructions.
Note

Arm Compiler is license managed. Specific features depend on your installed license.

For example, a license might limit the use of Arm Compiler to specific processor types, or place a maximum limit on the size of images that can be produced, or require that you work with proprietary format (ORC) objects instead of ELF format objects.

You can enable additional features by purchasing a license for the full DS-5 suite. Contact your tools supplier for details.

About Arm Streamline Performance Analyzer

Arm Streamline is a graphical performance analysis tool that enables you to transform sampling data and system trace into reports that present the data in both visual and statistical forms.

Streamline uses hardware performance counters with kernel metrics to provide an accurate representation of system resources.

Debug options supported by DS-5

DS-5 supports various debug options.

Debug adapters vary in complexity and capability but, combined with software debug agents, they provide high-level debug functionality for the target that is being debugged, for example:

  • Reading/writing registers.
  • Setting breakpoints.
  • Reading from memory.
  • Writing to memory.
Note

A debug adapter or connection is not the application being debugged, nor the debugger itself.

Supported Arm debug hardware adapters include:

  • Arm DSTREAM.
  • Arm DSTREAM-ST.
    Note

    You must use the DSTREAM family of devices for Armv8 development.

  • Arm RVI.
  • Keil ULINK2.
  • Keil ULINKpro.
  • Keil ULINKpro D.

Supported debug connections include:

  • CADI (debug interface for models).
  • Ethernet to gdbserver.
  • Arm VSTREAM.
  • CMSIS-DAP.
  • Yokogawa Digital Computer Corporation adviceLUNA (JTAG ICE).
  • Altera USB-Blaster II.
    Note

    DS-5 Debugger can connect to Altera Arria V SoC and Cyclone V SoC boards using Altera USB-Blaster and USB-Blaster II debug units.

    To enable the connections, ensure that the environment variable is set and contains the path to the Altera Quartus tools installation.QUARTUS_ROOTDIR

    On Windows, this environment variable is usually set by the Quartus tools installer. On Linux, you might have to manually set the environment variable to the Altera Quartus tools installation path. For example, ~/altera/13.0/qprogrammer.

    For information on installing device drivers for USB-Blaster and USB-Blaster II, consult your Altera Quartus tools documentation.

About debug hardware configuration

You can use the debug hardware firmware configuration views in DS-5 to update and configure the debug hardware unit that provides the interface between your development platform and your workstation.

The following views are provided:

Debug Hardware Config IP view
Used to configure the IP address on a debug hardware unit.
Debug Hardware Firmware Installer view
Used to update the firmware on a debug hardware unit.

Requirements

System requirements

To install and use DS-5, your workstation must have a minimum specification of a dual core x86 2GHz processor (or equivalent) and 2GB of RAM.

To improve performance when debugging large images, using models with large simulated memory maps, or when using Arm Streamline Performance Analyzer, 4GB of RAM, or more is recommended.

A full installation also requires approximately 3GB of hard disk space.

Host platform requirements

DS-5 is supported on the following host platforms and service packs.

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1
  • Windows 7 Enterprise Service Pack 1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Workstation
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Workstation
  • Ubuntu Desktop Edition 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu Desktop Edition 16.04 LTS
Note

DS-5 is supported on 64-bit x86 host platforms only.

In addition, Arm Compiler toolchains are supported on the following host platforms:

  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit only) (Arm Compiler 5 and 6 toolchains only)
  • Windows Server 2012 (64-bit only) (Arm Compiler 5 and 6 toolchains only)

Debug system requirements

Linux application debug requires gdbserver on your target. The recommended version of gdbserver is 7.0 or later.

Note

DS-5 Debugger is unable to provide reliable multi-threaded debug support with gdbserver versions prior to 6.8.

DS-5 support for Linux application debug depends on infrastructure and features that are introduced in specific kernel versions:

  • DS-5 Debugger supports debugging Arm Linux kernel versions 2.6.28 and later.
  • Application debug on Symmetric MultiProcessing (SMP) systems requires Arm Linux kernel version 2.6.36 or later.
  • Access to VFP and NEON registers require Arm Linux kernel version 2.6.30 or later and gdbserver version 7.0 or later.
  • Arm Streamline Performance Analyzer supports Arm Linux kernel versions 3.4 and later.

Additional tools for Linux kernel and bare-metal hardware debugging

Arm Linux kernel and bare-metal debugging require the use of additional tools (not supplied with DS-5) to connect to your hardware target system.

DSTREAM, RVI, ULINKpro, ULINKpro D, and ULINK2 debug units enable connection to physical hardware targets.

Note

You must use DSTREAM family of devices for Armv8 development.

VSTREAM enables connection to RTL simulators and hardware emulators.

Managing firmware updates

  • For DSTREAM and RVI use the view to check the firmware and update it if necessary. Updated firmware is available in the /sw/debughw/firmware directory.DS-5_install_directory
  • For VSTREAM, the firmware is delivered as part of the VSTREAM software. To update the firmware, you must install a newer version of VSTREAM.
  • For ULINK2 target connection probe to work with DS-5 Debugger, it must be upgraded with CMSIS-DAP compatible firmware. The UL2_Upgrade.exe program (Windows only) can upgrade your ULINK2 unit for you. The program and instructions are available in the /sw/debughw/ULINK2 directory.DS-5_install_directory
  • For ULINKpro and ULINKpro D, DS-5 manages the firmware.

LICENSING MODEL

NODE-LOCKED

Ideal for usage by an individual developer on a fix ed workstation. In this case the license will be
encrypted to only enable the software product on a pre-specified host machine.

Concurrent or floating

Best model to enable sharing of licenses across a within of developers, within agreed geographical
limits. The number ‘seats’ in a license determines how many simultaneous developers are allowed to use the software product. This licensing model requires a license server to be installed on customer’s premises.

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