Freescale Now Shipping Vybrid Controller Solutions with Customized ARM® Development Studio 5

  Freescale Now Shipping Vybrid Controller Solutions with Customized ARM®
  Development Studio 5

New development environment supports heterogeneous ARM cores in a single
package to accelerate software development and the debug process

Business Wire

AUSTIN, Texas -- July 9, 2013

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is now shipping Vybrid controller
solutions with the ARM^® Development Studio 5 (DS-5™) development environment,
simplifying development of traditionally complex applications that need rich
human-machine interfaces (HMI) and connectivity, as well as deterministic
real-time control and response capabilities. Freescale Vybrid controller
solutionsare built on an asymmetrical-multiprocessing architecture platform
that leverages Freescale's heritage as a leader in microcontroller development
and multicore design.

The ARM DS-5 toolchain is offered within the Freescale Tower System to
seamlessly generate, debug and optimize code for both ARM cores in Vybrid

“This custom version of the ARM DS-5 toolchain for the Freescale Tower System
supports low-cost development and optimization of systems built on Vybrid
controller solutions,” said Michael Norman, technical marketing manager for
software and tools strategy at Freescale. “Packaging the ARM DS-5 toolchain
with the Tower System modular development platform significantly reduces the
cost of market entry and gives Freescale customers access to support from the
extensive ARM community to supplement the support they receive from

Vybrid devices are ideal for applications including simple HMI in appliances
and industrial machines, secure control of infrastructure and manufacturing
equipment, energy conversion applications such as motor drives and power
inverters, ruggedized wired and wireless connectivity, and control of mobile
battery-operated systems such as robots and industrial vehicles.

Vybrid controller solutions: rich apps in real time

Samples of Vybrid F series VF3xx, VF5xx and VF6xx devices are now available.
The Vybrid VF3xx family is a single-core (ARM Cortex^®-A5) solution with 1.5
MB on-chip SRAM, dual XiP quad SPI memory interface, XGA display controller,
dual high-speed USB with PHY, dual Ethernet and an L2 switch. The Vybrid VF5xx
family increases performance and adds a DDR2/3 memory interface. The Vybrid
VF6xx family adds an ARM Cortex-M4 processor and an analog video ADC.

Vybrid devices also provide a powerful combination of on-chip encryption,
secure boot, anti-tamper and anti-clone capabilities to secure sensitive or
critical infrastructure applications such as smart grid or industrial control.

By combining ARM Cortex-A5 and Cortex-M4 processors, Vybrid VF6xx devices
eliminate the need for an external microcontroller (MCU) or field-programmable
gate array (FPGA). With this architecture, system developers can create
complex control systems with a user-friendly application HMI. This integration
helps reduce development effort, component count, circuit board area and power
consumption, saving up to $5 (USD) per system.

“The new Freescale Vybrid controllers are ideal for embedded systems that
require both real-time predictability and rich Operating System (OS)
capabilities,” said Guilherme Marshall, product manager, DS-5, System Design
Division, ARM. “ARM’s DS-5 toolchain enables engineers to more efficiently
develop and optimize software for both cores in Vybrid controllers using
best-in-class code generation, debug and analysis tools in a single
development environment. DS-5 brings excellent Linux support and MQX RTOS
awareness to simplify development of next generation intelligent, embedded

Several Freescale partners have simultaneously integrated ARM DS-5 into their
solutions for Vybrid controllers. Timesys is offering a single solution that
enables customers to easily develop BSPs with gcc as well as Linux
applications with ARM DS-5. The Timesys Eclipse IDE plug-ins have been ported
to the ARM DS-5 toolchain for easier setup and more convenient
cross-development on both the ARM Cortex-M4 and Cortex-A5 cores. Embedded
board solution partner PHYTEC has integrated the ARM® CMSIS-DAP debug unit
onto a low-cost kit supporting their Vybrid-based system-on-module (SOM). This
integration, along with PHYTEC’s ready Linux and MQX BSPs, provides a robust
out-of-box experience with the ARM DS-5 toolchain.

To see a step-by-step demonstration of ARM DS-5 working in the Vybrid
controller solutions environment, visit

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Key features and benefits of ARM DS-5 for Freescale Tower System

  *A flexible integrated development environment that can debug both cores
  *End-to-end development support, from SoC bring-up to system wide debug and
    power optimization
  *Industry standard ARM compiler for both ARM Cortex-A5 and Cortex -M4
    processors, optimized for best code size and performance balance
  *Intuitive DS-5 Debugger that  brings together the convenience and
    productivity of integrated embedded development tools, including MQX RTOS
    awareness, with the power and flexibility of open source tools for the
    Linux OS
  *ARM  Streamline™ performance analyzer  that enables system-wide
    performance and power optimization of Linux and Android^® systems through
    events timeline and profiling reports
  *Developed and maintained by experts in ARM processor technology

Solutions for every design need

Freescale offers a wide range of development support for Vybrid controller
solutions. The Freescale Tower System provides a modular and expandable
development platform for evaluation and prototyping. The TWR-VF65GS10 module
is a development tool for Vybrid devices that operates as a standalone debug
tool or as part of an assembled Tower System development platform. Freescale
also offers three additional Tower System kits based on the TWR-VF65GS10 MCU
module (TWR-VF65GS10-KIT, TWR-VF65GS10-PRO, TWR-VF65GS10-DS5) to further
assist developers using Vybrid controller solutions ARM and Freescale worked
together to develop custom solutions for the Vybrid controller solution Tower
System module: ARM DS-5 Starter Kit for Vybrid Controller Tower System Module
and the ARM DS-5 Vybrid Controller Edition.

  *ARM DS-5 Starter Kit for Vybrid Controller Tower System Module

       *TWR-VF65GS10 (MSRP: $199.00 USD)

            *TWR-VF65GS10 module, USB cable, quick start guide
            *ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Starter Kit for Vybrid
              Controller Tower System Module (256KB code size limitation)

       *TWR-VF65GS10-KIT (MSRP: $269.00 USD)

            *TWR-VF65GS10 module, USB cable, quick start guide
            *ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Starter Kit for Vybrid
              Controller Tower System Module (256KB code size limitation)
            *TWR-ELEV elevator modules
            *TWR-SER serial module

       *TWR-VF65GS10-PRO (MSRP: $399.00 USD)

            *TWR-VF65GS10 module, USB cable, quick start guide
            *ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Starter Kit for Vybrid
              Controller Tower System Module (256KB code size limitation)
            *TWR-ELEV elevator modules
            *TWR-SER2 enhanced serial module
            *TWR-LCD-RGB graphical LCD module

  *ARM DS-5 Vybrid Controller Edition

       *TWR-VF65GS10-DS5 (MSRP: $1,500.00 USD)

            *Same as TWR-VF65GS10-PRO except it includes a one-year license
              for ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Vybrid Controller Edition
              (hardware platform independent, 1 MB code size limitation)


Vybrid controller solutions are available today from Freescale and Freescale
distribution partners. For more information visit

The Tower System development platform for Vybrid controller solutions
featuring ARM DS-5 is now available. For more information visit: and

About Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing
solutions, providing industry-leading products that are advancing the
automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets.  From MPUs and MCUs
to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity, our technologies are
the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer,
healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets
include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next-generation
wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices,
consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin,
Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales
operations around the world.

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