Ashling’s RiscFree™ SDK Now Supports RISC-V® Processor Cores from CAST 

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and Limerick, Ireland September 26, 2023 — Semiconductor intellectual property provider CAST and embedded tools developer Ashling today announced support for RISC-V® processor cores from CAST in Ashling’s RiscFree™ software development kit (SDK).


RiscFree is Ashling’s popular integrated development environment (IDE), and debugger for RISC-V based systems. Ashling combines this with compiler toolchains and complements RiscFree with the powerful Ashling Opella-XD Debug and Vitra-XS Debug & Trace Probes. The 32-bit BA51 Ultra-Low Power and BA53 Low-Power Deeply Embedded RISC-V Processor IP cores from CAST are now supported in the latest version of RiscFree.


“Ashling has a 30-year track record delivering tools that empower embedded system developers, and we are excited to satisfy repeated requests and make the excellent RiscFree SDK a new option for our RISC-V IP core customers,” said Nikos Zervas, CAST’s chief executive officer.


“Well-respected for a wide range of IP cores, CAST is moving rapidly into the RISC-V processor arena and we are happy to help their users develop and debug systems quicker and more thoroughly with our RiscFree SDK,” said Hugh O’Keeffe, Ashling’s chief executive officer.


About the RiscFree SDK:


Ashling’s RiscFree SDK’s popularity has been growing dramatically due to its ease of use, broad functionality, real-time trace support, and plug-in architecture. Its features include:

  • An Eclipse-based IDE supporting full source and project creation, editing, building, and debugging;
  • Automatic source code formatting, syntax coloring, and function folding;
  • Integrated Profiling and Code Coverage tools;
  • Integrated GCC or LLVM compiler toolchains;
  • The integrated QEMU ISA simulator with support for other instruction and cycle-accurate simulators;
  • A high-level RISC-V register viewer;
  • Project wizards, templates, examples, and more.


To learn more about the RiscFree SDK visit www.ashling.com/ashling-riscfree/.


About Ashling:

Ashling has been a leading provider of Embedded Development Tools & Services since 1982, with design centers in Limerick Ireland and Kochi India and sales and support offices in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and America. The company has a particular focus on RISC-V and is the first to bring tools to the market supporting the heterogeneous debugging of RISC-V cores along with other cores from multiple vendors. Visit www.ashling.com for more details.

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