The newest version of Coldfire now supports Freescale Semiconductor's MCF5207 and MCF5208 microprocessors, including a utility that lets programmers debug firmware in minutes, integrating Freescale's dBug ROM monitor software into the Crossware development environment. To meet requirements for modern embedded systems, the software now supports 64-bit integer arithmetic in its ColdFire C compiler. The software makes using the dBug ROM monitor as a starting point for the programmer's own application easy, with a utility that can import the whole dBug source tree and build settings into the Crossware graphical development environment. After unzipping the Freescale files, finishing a build and download cycle takes minutes, and the firmware can be downloaded quickly into Flash with Crossware's FireFly USB background debug mode interface. The integrated, user-friendly environment lets developers create, build and debug their ColdFire programs with or without hardware.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.