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High-performance Embedded Workshop

The High-performance Embedded Workshop provides a GUI-based integrated development environment for the development and debugging of embedded applications for Renesas microcontrollers.

 

The High-performance Embedded Workshop, a powerful yet easy to use tool suite, features an industry standard user interface and is designed using a modular approach seamlessly incorporating device family-specific C/C++ compilers and the debugger elements for various debugging platforms including emulators and evaluation boards.

 

This provides the user with a single interface to fully exploit the advanced capabilities of the development tools for the entire development cycle from evaluation of a device through to completion of code development.

 

The High-performance Embedded Workshop enables the use of the right tool for each process. The High-performance Embedded Workshop supports multiple toolchain integration enabling development for any number of projects under a single user interface.

 

The High-performance Embedded Workshop eliminates the need to switch environments between coding and debugging operations or between targets as all Renesas software and hardware development tools are supported under the same single user interface.

 

Compiler packages for the target products include High-performance Embedded Workshop.

  

Release Information

Latest Ver.: V.4.09.01
Released: Jun 16, 2012

Details of upgrade (See Tool News

Operating Environment

Tool Suite

 

Successor

Features

  • Code and debugging support for SuperH, M32R, M16C, R8C, H8SX, H8S, and H8
  • Single environment for toolchain and debug component support
  • Choice of Network or Node-locked toolchain for Renesas and IAR compilers
  • Automatically generates start-up code for every supported CPU
  • Double click on build error and warnings to jump into the integrated editor
  • User definable custom build steps to integrate your own additional command line based tools
  • Full simulation capability
  • Supports advanced debugging features such as code profiling, performance analysis, code coverage and trace features
  • Integrated Editor with color keyword functionality.
  • Visual display of CPU hardware set-up
  • Graphical display for the number of execution cycles per function
  • Display of Cache hit-rate and pipeline state
  • Comprehensive breakpoint functionality
  • Visual debug functions including picture and waveform display
  • Single session save for build and debug
  • Macro-Recording Support function (Note1)
  • Test Support function (Note2)
  • Auto Update Utility (Note3)
  • Integration with third party tools

 

Notes

  1. Macro-Recording Support function :
    The function of recording operations concerning project management, builds, and debugging to generate commands on the High-performance Embedded Workshop command line as well as the function of executing recorded commands.
  2. Test Support function :
    The function of saving the contents of the window selected by the Create New Test Image dialog box as a test-image file. In addition, supported the function of comparing the contents of test-image files with the results of execution of macros generated with the Macro-Recording Support function and of conventional command batches of the High-performance Embedded Workshop.
  3. Auto Update Utility :
    Periodically, you can easily update software tools and the High-performance Embedded Workshop via the Internet. The High-performance Embedded Workshop's auto-updater feature check for any newer version of them automatically. And, if a newer version is available, the auto-update wizard helps you to update software. You can turn on or off the auto-updater and also change the schedule for automatic updating.

 

Functions

Project management

  • Individually manage multiple Projects containing associated source files under a common workspace
  • Fast setup of new projects using the Project generator wizard
  • Automatic generation of startup routines for each microcomputer type
  • Create multiple projects and set the dependency relationship between projects
  • Scan/display file dependency relationships
  • Save tool option settings for each project
  • Register multiple option sets to the same project 
     

Editor

  • Edit, search, replace and automatic indent
  • Display editable disassembly code (when a target is connected)
  • Simultaneously display source code and its corresponding disassembled code (when a target is connected)
  • Set book marks (enabling instantaneous move to the set line by a key operation)
  • Customizable syntax coloring
  • Puts repeatedly used routine code descriptions into a template for reuse
  • Parenthesis checks
  • Display the value of a variable when the cursor pauses at that variable (Tooltip Watch)
  • Expression evaluation function for prior confirmation of calculation results
  • Smart editor that permits you to select a C++ function or parameter for accurate and quick input
     

Builder

  • Compile, assemble and link at high speed with the press of one build button
  • Selection of a build style, e.g. whole, differential, single build
  • Automatic selection of source files that need to be compiled (differential build)
  • Setting up for an external user's tool
      

Integrated Debugger

  • Profile data acquisition and function-unit performance measurement
  • Comprehensive set of break functions (Pseudo interrupts are also possible)
  • Stop or continue execution on error during user program execution
  • Set or edit memory maps
  • Display function call history
  • Coverage information at the assembly-source level
  • Data displayed as images or waveforms with visual debugging functions
  • Breakpoint, memory map, performance, and trace set through a dialogue box under Windows® 
     

Other development support functions

  • Comparing files and showing the differences
  • Linked operation with a version control system (e.g., Microsoft® Visual SourceSafe)
  • File comparison (comparison of local files or version-managed files)
  • C source file #define / ANSI-C function navigation
  • C++ source file class / function / member navigation
  • Graphical display of various maps (memory map, memory resource, linker map, section map)
  • Generates and runs a macro (command batch file) [Macro-Recording Support function]
  • Saves contents (results of execution) of the selected windows and compares them as test-image files [Test Support function]
  • Executes a batch file or saves a log as input from the command line
  • Customizes toolbars and keyboard shortcuts
  • Linked operation with ZIPC, a CASE tool from CATS Co., Ltd

 

Test support function

A new function named the "Test Support Function" has been incorporated (in V.4.01.00) that permits the execution result shown in the window to be saved in an image file and the test image files to be compared with each other.

 

[Conceptual image of the test support function]

The test support function, if combined with the macro generation support function, becomes even more convenient. For example, if you have a test procedure prepared in a macro file and the expected value of test prepared in a test image file available, a series of repeat tests comprised of test execution and comparison of test result can be performed efficiently.

 

[What is the macro generation support function?]

 

This function permits a series of repeat work comprised of project control, building and debugging to be recorded in a macro file (command batch file). The macro can be recorded and replayed simply by using a macro toolbar. For details about the commands that can be recorded in a macro, please refer to a section of the High-performance Embedded Workshop User's Manual in which "Using the Macro-Recording Support Facility" is described.

 

[Macros toolbar]

[Conceptual image of macro execution]

Customization

The Renesas development environment, or the High-performance Embedded Workshop, is designed to be customized by users. Not just for use with the standard interface, it can have its functions extended according to the purposes of use or preferences of each individual user, for further increased ease of use. To customize the High-performance Embedded Workshop, use the facilities and tools described below, which permit you to program it freely as desired.

  • TargetServer (COM extension function)
    Various methods prepared by TargetServer make many and varied extensions possible by taking advantage of Microsoft COM technology. This includes creating user-exclusive control windows, control the execution of test pattern and other repeat work, and outputting the execution result to Excel spreadsheets. All these can be programmed using Visual C++ from Microsoft Corporation.

  • Tcl/Tk extension function
    The versatile widgets (GUI components) offered by Tk make it possible to add exclusive buttons, menus and setup windows. Since Tcl/Tk is a simple and open-source tool, handy programming is possible.

  • IO DLL Kit (simulator extension utility)
    This utility permits the simulation of complicated peripheral I/O operations to be defined in user-exclusive DLL form. Use of the IO DLL Kit eliminates the need to learn I/O script language, and makes programming with Visual C++ from Microsoft Corporation possible.

 

Notes

  1. COM : Component Object Model
  2. Tcl/Tk : Tool Command Language/Tool Kit
  3. DLL : Dynamic Link Library

 

Tool Suites

High-performance Embedded Workshop is packaged in various configurations dependent upon the tools it is supporting.

 

  

Cooperating Tools

It can be purchased with a specific tool suite, compiler, assembler, linker, simulator debugger, etc., for a particular Microcontroller family such as:

Notes

  1. Packaged with C/C++ Compiler Package for R8C and M16C Families
  2. V.7.1.01 or later allows you to upgrade the High-performance Embedded Workshop
  3. V.5.0.03 or later allows you to upgrade the High-performance Embedded Workshop

 

Or be supplied with the emulator debugger as with an emulator product such as:

 

* For M3A-0665 and the monitor debuggers, please download the High-performance Embedded Workshop environment.

 

E1/E20 supported device list for using High-performance Embedded Workshop
(Click here to see the list using other IDEs.)

R8C   R8C/Lx
Series
R8C/L35C, L36C, L38C, L3AC Groups
R8C/L35M, L36M, L38M, L3AM Groups
R8C/LA3A, LA5A Groups R8C/LA6A, LA8A Groups R8C/LAPS Groups
R8C/5x
Series
R8C/54E, 54F, 54G, 54H Groups R8C/56E, 56F, 56G, 56H Groups
R8C/3xT-A
Series
R8C/36T-A Group R8C/38T-A Group
R8C/3x
Series
R8C/32C, 33C, 34C, 35C, 36C, 38C, 3GC, 3JC Groups
R8C/32M, 33M, 34M, 35M, 36M, 38M Groups R8C/3JM, 3GM Groups
R8C/3MQ Group R8C/34U, 34K, 3MU, 3MK Groups
R8C/3NT Group R8C/3JT Group R8C/33T Group
R8C/32G, 32H, 33G, 33H, 34P, 34R Groups R8C/34W, 34X, 34Y, 34Z Groups
R8C/36W, 36X, 36Y, 36Z Groups R8C/38W, 38X, 38Y, 38Z Groups

  

Notes on updating

  • When adding a linked product
    • When adding a linked compiler/simulator
      You need to purchase the relevant compiler package and install it in your computer.
    • When adding a linked emulator debugger
      You need to install the latest version of the emulator debugger which can be downloaded free of charge from the Renesas Web site.
  • When upgrading a linked product
    • When upgrading a compiler or emulator debugger
      In order to use the functions of the new version of a compiler or emulator debugger, each software must be upgraded (for a fee) or its revision must be updated (free of charge). Update data can be downloaded from the Renesas Web site. Please note that updating only the High-performance Embedded Workshop (only the framework) does not update your software.

     

Option Products(Utilities for High-performance Embedded Workshop)

  • Auto Update Utility
    Keep your Renesas IDE up-to-date via the Internet. (Periodic automatic check for available software updates.)
  • Device File Updater
    Add new CPU types to the compiler package (for High-performance Embedded Workshop V4 or later)
  • Install Manager
    High-performance Embedded Workshop environment build/management tool (standard install [recommended] and multi-install selectable)
  • TargetServer (COM extension)
    Customization for the High-performance Embedded Workshop by using the COM interface
  • Tcl/Tk extension
    Customization for the High-performance Embedded Workshop by using the Tcl/Tk extension function
  • I/O DLL Kit
    Simulator Debugger Customizing Kit (for High-performance Embedded Workshop environment)

 

Collaboration with Partners

[Collaboration with MATLAB]

MATLAB is a technical computing software application developed by The MathWorks Inc. It can be used in engineering and many other fields.

  • Interaction with RTW-EC
    Modeling by MATLAB, and code generated by Real Time Workshop-Embedded Coder (RTW-EC), are automatically exported to High-performance Embedded Workshop.
  • Co-simulation is supported between MATLAB/Simulink and High-performance Embedded Workshop.

 

Notes

  1. MATLAB is a modeling tool by The MathWorks Inc. (U.S.).
  2. Simulink is a model verification tool by The MathWorks Inc. (U.S.).
  3. The Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder (RTW-EC) is a C source code generation tool by The MathWorks Inc. (U.S.).
  4. This tool is supported by Renesas and The MathWorks, Inc.
  5. Please contact a Renesas sales office to request the tool.
     

[Collaboration with Cantata++]

Cantata++ is a unit/integration test support tool that makes unit tests more efficient and reduces the number of man hours for testing software.

  • A Cantata++ wizard (TestDriver) can be started and programs tested directly from Renesas' High-performance Embedded Workshop integrated development environment.
  • A high-precision test can be performed using the same CPU instruction set as the system.
  • This tool can be customized for application to various CPUs or compiler versions.
     

Target Devices

  • SuperH Family
  • M32R Family (Note1)
  • RX Family RX600, RX200 Series
  • M16C Family R32C/100 Series
  • M16C Family M32C/80, M16C/80 Series
  • M16C Family M16C/60, M16C/50, M16C/30, M16C/20, M16C/10, M16C/Tiny Series
  • R8C Family
  • H8SX Family
  • H8S Family
  • H8 Family
  • 740 Family
     

Note
1. The M32R family differ from other microcomputer families in that their emulator system is connected as an external tool.

Target Devices

Family Group
RX Family
SuperH RISC engine Family
R8C Family
M16C Family (R32C / M32C / M16C)
M32R Family
H8 Family
H8S Family
H8SX Family
740 Family

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