IAR announces new version with enhanced Cloud debugging and simulation capabilities

7th December 2023
Paige West

IAR has unveiled version 9.50 of its flagship offerings: IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm and IAR Build Tools for Arm.

This latest update represents a leap forward in embedded software development, containing new features like advanced Cloud debugging and simulation capabilities on Linux. It includes the integration of Arm Virtual Hardware (AVH) and the robust IAR C-SPY Debugger and Simulator for Linux, demonstrating IAR’s commitment to delivering efficient solutions for the rapidly evolving demands of the embedded systems industry.

Highlights of the new release

Arm Virtual Hardware (AVH) support: this feature introduces AVH to simulate a broad spectrum of Arm-based hardware in the Cloud. It enables early software development even in the absence of physical hardware, integrating smoothly with CI/CD and MLOps workflows, significantly reducing time to market.

Enhanced IAR C-SPY Debugger and Simulator for Linux: provides a sophisticated Debugger and Simulator for Linux, enhancing automated workflows and supporting IAR I-jet hardware debug. These improvements are designed to optimise testing in CI/CD pipelines, thereby enhancing efficiency and reducing time spent

Runtime analysis integration for Linux: integrates IAR C-SPY and IAR C-RUN add-ons into the Linux environment, improving development and testing phases with advanced analysis and testing features, thus improving code quality and reliability.

Cloud-based development and collaboration: supports integration into Cloud-native and collaborative environments, facilitating remote teamwork and making use of cloud infrastructure for simulation and virtualisation, in line with contemporary software development practices.

Reinhard Keil, Senior Director of Embedded Technology at Arm, commented on the release: “Arm is committed to ensuring developers have simplified, streamlined access to the tools they need to innovate fast. The integration of Arm Virtual Hardware in IAR’s latest release will be a game-changer for embedded developers, as it accelerates development processes and enables modern workflows such as test-driven development with continuous integration.”

Key advantages for embedded system developers

Simulation and virtualisation tools: the release offers sophisticated tools for simulating and virtualising various environments and conditions, crucial for the thorough testing and validation of embedded software. This ensures robust performance across diverse scenarios.

Collaborative and Cloud-based development: reflecting the shift towards remote work, the new release promotes flexible, efficient development processes. It enables seamless team collaboration irrespective of geographical location and utilises Cloud computing for both development and testing purposes.

Anders Holmberg, CTO at IAR, stated: “As Cloud-based software development evolves, AVH support and our IAR C-SPY Debugger and Simulator for Linux are vital for continuous integration and deployment, especially with the growing range of embedded devices. By blending DevOps with Cloud and embedded development, we empower developers to boost efficiency and accelerate market readiness.”

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