Re: Re: Free Assembler for SHARC?

Started by Leon Heller June 9, 2006
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From: Steve Conner
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Sent: Friday, June 09, 2006 10:23 AM
Subject: [adsp] Re: Free Assembler for SHARC?

I'm in the same position: I work for a small company with an open-source mentality that balks at paying thousands of bucks for the VisualDSP toolset. So when we wanted to make a product with a DSP, I chose the ADSP-2181, used the old command-line assembler that came with the EZ-KIT, and made my own debugger that connected through the DSP's IDMA port.

The 2181 is a pretty useless DSP by today's standards, but I managed to make it do everything I wanted with cycles to spare, and my code should be portable to the 2189 once Analog stop selling the 2181, which I expect to happen any time now.

I only wish I could do the same for the SHARC. The BeastRider development kit seems to be the only alternative to Analog's own, and it seems to have a nice Unix weenie air to it. I don't know if they still make it, but last time I contacted Mr. BeastRider, he had some left to sell. I'm trying to persuade the boss to buy me one. :-)

The original gcc-based SHARC and 21xx tools are available on the web: