Code Composer Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) that supports TI's Microcontroller and Embedded Processors portfolio. Code Composer Studio comprises a suite of tools used to develop and debug embedded applications. It includes an optimizing C/C++ compiler, source code editor, project build environment, debugger, profiler, and many other features. The intuitive IDE provides a single user interface taking you through each step of the application development flow. Familiar tools and interfaces allow users to get started faster than ever before. Code Composer Studio combines the advantages of the Eclipse software framework with advanced embedded debug capabilities from TI resulting in a compelling feature-rich development environment for embedded developers.
The Getting Started View provides quick access to a number of common actions such as creating a new project or browsing examples. For users who wish to use a very clean user interface, Code Composer Studio has a "simple" mode which trims down the environment to just the essential functionality. Once comfortable with the environment it is easy to switch back to standard mode to expose more advanced capabilities.
More than just a development environment is required to do meaningful development on a chosen platform. The Code Composer Studio App Center provides access to additional software and tools to help users get up and running faster on their chosen platform.
Many high performance TI processors include the ability to perform processor trace. Trace provides detailed, historical account of code execution, timing and data accesses. This advanced capability is extremely useful in detecting complex, intermittent bugs as wells as profiling to help fine tune code performance. Trace data can be captured to dedicated on-chip memory (ETB) or exported over pins to be captured by a trace receiver.
Code Composer Studio supports both Linux kernel and application level development. The kernel can be debugged via JTAG or use GDB for application development. By installing the Linux Development Tools via the App Center you also get access to additional functionality such as the Linux Trace Tools (LTTng).
The Programmable Real-time Unit (PRU) is a low-latency microcontroller sub-system comprised of two or more 32-bit RISC processors, local instruction and data RAM, local peripherals and an interrupt controller. The PRU is efficient at handing events that have tight real-time constraints. The PRU is also known as the Industrial Communications Sub-System since it is used to enable industrial protocols such as EtherCAT®, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, PROFIBUS, POWERLINK, SERCOS III, and others. Each 32-bit processor runs at 200MHz, enabling 5ns instruction cycle. Local peripherals within the PRU sub-system include UART, eCAP, MII_RT, MDIO and IEP. The PRU™s fast input and output pins enable detection and reaction to I/O events within two PRU cycles.
Code Composer Studio provides a C compiler enabling users to add differentiation to their products.