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 Post subject: Coldfire Support
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:17 pm 

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This may be an FAQ, but I can't find any mention of Coldfire in this forum since an unanswered question in 2007. So I'll ask again: does Easy68K have support or a mode for Coldfire processors? Has anyone tried to use it for Coldfire development?

My needs are not for extensive capabilities; I am teaching a microprocessor course at a big university, and the labs have just switched over to a Coldfire-based system for experiments. I need an IDE with a runtime simulator for this architecture for projects in the lecture section, which are essentially "paper designs" separate from the lab, where the objective is teaching the instruction set and the architecture. I am thinking that the Coldfire and 68K architectures are similar enough that I might be able to use Easy68K as-is, with suitable precautions about using extended instructions in the Coldfire ISA, or addressing modes available in 68K that don't exist in Coldfire. Any opinions here?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:54 am 
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I have never done any comparisons or worked with Coldfire processors myself so I am relying on 3rd party views.

Here is what appears to be a good comparison between the 68000 and Coldfire processors: http://www.microapl.co.uk/Porting/ColdFire/cf_68k_diffs.html

If the information on this link is correct it would be possible to use EASy68K to develop Coldfire code with the proper precautions.

Prof. Kelly

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