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MontaVista adds real-time debug tools to its embedded Linux IDE

Nov 11, 2004 — by Henry Kingman — from the LinuxDevices Archive

MontaVista and RTI have made good on their commitment to ship three of RTI's real-time performance analysis and debugging tools as plugins for MontaVista's Eclipse-based embedded Linux tools framework. StethoScope, ProfileScope, and MemScope are now available as DevRocket plugins, on the x86 and PowerPC architectures.

The arrival of ScopeTools — arguably the embedded industry's most mature and popular RTOS debugging tools — could be timely given MontaVista's launch last month of an open source real-time Linux project. The companies first announced plans to integrate RTI's real-time tools with MontaVista's tools framework in March, though at that time they projected a Q2 2004 delivery.

RTI has partnered with MontaVista competitor Wind River on real-time tools for VxWorks, Wind River's proprietary RTOS, for more than 12 years. Wind River also promised in March to port ScopeTools to its Eclipse-based WorkBench toolsuite, which supports both Linux and VxWorks, and it delivered on that promise with the June launch of WorkBench 2.0.

The original ScopeTool — StethoScope — lets developers watch variables and memory locations in real time as a system runs. RTI first shipped StethoScope for Linux in January of 2001. It joined the Eclipse Foundation in May of this year.

More details about RTI's ScopeTools — including screenshots — are available here.


The ScopeTools are available now through MontaVista, for x86 and PPC, with support for other architectures to be announced in the near future, according to MontaVista.

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