Wind River Systems, Inc., the global leader in Device Software Optimisation (DSO), has released that Wind River Workbench 2.6, a significant upgrade and collection of enhancements to Wind River Systems' comprehensive device software development tools.
With the new version of Workbench, developers will be able to more easily integrate the commercial-grade software design, analysis and test tools provided by Workbench 2.6 into existing development projects or workflows, and even install the tools into pre-existing Eclipse installations.
Wind River's collection of software development tools will help device manufacturers focus on building differentiated device applications, understand and test complex projects, and accelerate time-to-market by leveraging the deeply instrumented middleware technology in both VxWorks and Wind River Linux platforms.
Wind River’s new Workbench tools are designed to unlock the power of VxWorks and Wind River Linux run-times. Wind River is committed to enriching customers' overall development experience, by increasing interoperability with other software tools and fostering collaboration among hardware engineers, software developers and testers within a project team. The new Workbench enhancements empower device developers to innovate at the application layer, reduce development costs and increase overall productivity.
Workbench 2.6 delivers device software tools in a standards-based Eclipse development environment that ensures higher-quality products, improved kernel and middleware insight, and higher productivity.
Optimised for device software development across the entire product lifecycle, the new version of Workbench offers knowledge-sharing facilities and a unique set of diagnostic tools to rapidly test and repair running systems.
New enhancements in Workbench 2.6:
- Implementation onto existing Eclipse installation as a plug-in: To support users who already develop with Eclipse, Workbench can now be installed as a set of plug-ins to an existing Eclipse 3.2 installation. As a result, users may now preserve projects and configurations in an existing Eclipse implementation when adopting Workbench.
- Compatibility with Eclipse C/C++ Development Tools (CDT): Workbench is now compatible with CDT, allowing users to have both CDT projects and Workbench projects in the same Eclipse shell. This allows Workbench to co-exist with other vendors' Eclipse-based products that may require CDT, significantly improving interoperability across the desktop.
- Java development support: The Java Development Toolkit (JDT) is now included in Workbench to facilitate device-focused Java development. Support for multi-language systems has also been added to allow users to develop and support systems with both Java and C/C++. Users may debug Java calls into C or C++ at either source-code level. Supporting Java helps developers deploy the right technology for the right task within their device, while using Workbench as the common development environment.
- Now based on the Eclipse 3.2.1 framework: This version of Workbench is based on Eclipse version 3.2.1, which is an upgrade from version 3.1 used in Workbench 2.5. As the DSDP project lead in Eclipse, Wind River is committed to helping customers stay current with new versions of Eclipse each year.
New Wind River Linux platform integration plug-ins for Workbench 2.6:
- New Wind River Linux Patch Manager: The Patch Manager makes it even easier for developers to visually import and manage Linux kernel patches provided by Wind River and the community.
- Wind River ScopeTools now support uClibc: uClibc is a small-footprint version of the GNU C library. Those using or planning to use uClibc can now leverage the power of Wind River ScopeTools for dynamic visual analysis.
- QEMU now supported as a target emulator: QEMU is an open-source processor emulator. QEMU allows users to emulate Wind River Linux and device-focused middleware technology on specific target processor architectures, rather than run the target software in native mode on a Linux host. Using QEMU is more accurate than native mode simulation, and can be easier and less expensive than using actual target hardware.
New VxWorks platform plug-ins for Workbench 2.6:
- Workbench on-chip debugging support for VxWorks Minimal Kernel Layer (MKL): MKL users can now debug using Wind River Workbench, On-Chip Debugging Edition. Developers can continue to use a common toolset across the enterprise, even when the device operating system is scaled to small footprints (as small as 36 Kb).
- Improved performance of VxWorks image projects: Users with projects containing a large number of files will see a performance improvement for VxWorks Image Projects.
- Enhanced kernel object viewer: Functionality improvements include a new hierarchical organisation to more easily organise many objects, and a new name display for I/O devices.
New Workbench Developer Center
Developers will be able to access online resources such as code samples, video tutorials and community-provided tips via the new Workbench Developer Center. The Developer Center is a web-based repository of community and Wind River knowledge about how to get the maximum from VxWorks and Wind River Linux solutions using Workbench. The Developer Center is accessed through either a view in the Workbench development environment, or online.
The upgraded Wind River Workbench 2.6 toolset will be available December 15, 2006.