SOURCE: Altium Limited

November 15, 2006 08:00 ET

Altium Releases TASKING VX-Toolset for Leading C166/ST10 Microcontrollers From Infineon and STMicroelectronics

Proven Viper Compiler Technology Gives Developers 45% Reduction in Code Size and 24% Increase in Code Speed Optimization

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 15, 2006 -- Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) today announced the release of a new TASKING VX-toolset for the C166/ST10 microcontroller family which offers substantial performance gains over traditional C166 development tools. Initial benchmarking of the TASKING VX-toolset for the C166/ST10 microcontroller family indicates that it provides an average improvement of 45% in code compression and 24% in code speed optimization, enabling customers to deliver high-quality applications to market faster.

This high performance is enabled by Altium's sophisticated, next-generation Viper C compiler technology. The compiler, which also drives the embedded capabilities of the company's Altium Designer unified development system, produces highly optimized code with the smallest footprint and fastest execution possible.

Altium's new TASKING VX-toolset for C166/ST10 also offers a new debugger that provides full support for the latest industry design trends such as multi-core application development, plus toolset integration into the popular Eclipse™ platform as an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The VX-toolset gives the user all the necessary development tools available within one state-of-the-art and industry-standard IDE, with the option to plug-in additional modules from third parties. Altium has also extended the Eclipse IDE with configuration options for the C166 tools and the target application. Wizard functionality helps users set up embedded projects and configuration for debugging on hardware.

"The TASKING C166/XC166 compiler from Altium has been a very powerful compiler for many years and this new offering raises the bar in terms of what's possible with Infineon's processor architecture," commented Dr. Christopher Hegarty, Vice President and General Manager, Infineon Technologies AG.

Altium's new TASKING VX-toolset for C166 and ST10 will support all popular Infineon Technologies C166/XC166 and STMicroelectronics ST10/Super10 derivatives as before, but it is also ready to support new family members when they become available. Devices with an on-board multiply-accumulate coprocessor (MAC) will also benefit from the new compiler through code-generation from C source level -- a unique feature for this class of compiler.

"The new TASKING VX-toolset for C166 and ST10 reaffirms Altium's compiler technology leadership in the microcontroller market," said Harm-Andre Verhoef, Product Manager, TASKING tools, Altium Limited. "The code performance offered by this new toolset is unmatched within the embedded development market and the combination of Infineon's new C166 microcontroller series and the new VX-compiler gives a level of processing power similar to systems where a 32-bit microcontroller would be required."

Pricing and availability

Altium's TASKING VX-toolset for C166 and ST10 toolset is a complete, integrated embedded software development toolset consisting of:

 -- ISO C++ compiler, scalable to EC++
 -- C compiler, ISO C'99 compliant, with integrated 'MISRA C' enhanced
    code checking
 -- Assembler/linker/locator
 -- C/C++ libraries, run-time libraries, floating point libraries
 -- Integrated Development Environment (IDE) based on Eclipse
 -- Debugger integrated into Eclipse, with three execution environments:
    - Simulator
    - ROM Monitor debugger, using serial IO
    - On-Chip (OCDS) debugger, using JTAG

Altium's TASKING VX-toolset for C166 and ST10 will be available in three targeted bundles -- Standard, Professional and Premium Editions -- allowing developers to choose the best fit for their application development activities.

The toolset is available for PC/Windows and SUN/Solaris platforms and other platforms are supported on request. Prices start at US$2,495 for the Standard Edition for PC/Windows, which includes the C compiler and simulator debugger.

For existing TASKING C166/ST10 users wanting to upgrade to the new VX-compiler toolset, a conversion utility and special upgrade pricing is available.

For sales and product information or a demonstration version of the product, visit or contact your local Altium sales and support center.


For over 25 years TASKING tools have been used by developers in many of the world's leading organizations across a wide range of industries to meet the demands of embedded software development. World-renowned for superior compiler technology, Altium's TASKING tools offer a fully integrated embedded software development environment and deliver all the capabilities needed for developing embedded applications, from project management, editing, and program building to compiling, optimizing, and debugging. For more information, visit

About Altium

Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) is the industry's leading developer of electronic product development solutions dedicated to unifying the different design disciplines involved in electronics product development. Altium products ensure all electronic engineers, designers, developers and their organizations take maximum advantage of emerging design technologies to bring smarter products to market faster and easier. Founded in 1985, Altium is headquartered in Sydney, Australia with sales offices in the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and resellers in all other major markets. For more information, visit

Altium, Altium Designer, LiveDesign, TASKING and their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Altium Limited or its subsidiaries. 'Altera' and 'Nios' are trademarks or registered trademarks of Altera Corporation. All other registered or unregistered trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners, and no trademark rights to the same are claimed.

Contact Information

  • US Media Contact:

    Mary Chernoff
    Weber Shandwick Worldwide
    150 Mathilda Place, Ste. 302
    Sunnyvale, CA 94086
    United States
    Telephone: +408.685.0611
    Email: Email Contact

    Altium Media Contact:

    Elisa Davies
    Altium Limited
    Level 3, 12a Rodborough Road
    Frenchs Forest, NSW 2086
    Telephone: +61 2 9975 7710
    Email: Email Contact