Mark Saunders, Cypress
EETimes (2/7/2012 3:57 PM EST)
In this Product How-To article Mark Saunders describes a new methodology for doing firmware development for the Cypress’ Arm-based Programmable SoCs, using the company’s PSoC Creator in combination with Arm’s uVision IDE.
Programmable devices are really cool and powerful, if you are a hardware designer. If you are a software developer, they can be a real headache, giving that you’ll be charged with writing the firmware for this ever-changing target. Device vendors typically solve this problem by incorporating software development features into their tools to create an all-inclusive environment that claims to support both disciplines.
The difficulty with this approach is that it forces software engineers to adapt to the tools hardware designers use, a situation that is less than ideal when you consider the heavily skewed ratio of software to hardware designers on a typical project.
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