Nov 06

Microchip’s MPLAB X Gets an update. V1.95 Now available.

Microchip have released an update to their IDE, MPLAB X.
MPLAB X IDE v1.95 is available now for download from here

This seems to be a minor point release with the following main updates since v1.90

  • ICSP cable support for UNI/O
  • SQTP in Aux Memory support
  • Harmony quick start and Forum links
  • Enum label support within watch window
  • Detection of Compiler beta device support
  • Support for selection from multiple tools under MDB
  • Support for multiple instances of IPE or IDE
  • Improved Tool discovery on Windows PC’s (fixed a windows issue where tools were not always detected)
  • Break up of large arrays into 100 sub elements to improve performance in debugging and the watch window.
  • Bug Fixes

On windows MPLAB X now uses the latest Java JRE (v1.7) but on Mac OS X we are still stuck at JRE 1.6 which is a bit of an issue, because OS X will try to push the latest Jave Update to users and many of them will accept it, pushing the system up to JRE 1.7, which breaks various things in MPLAB X. Of particular concern is that one of Microchip’s flagship programmer/debuggers the ICD 3 doesn’t work when JRE 1.7 is present. If a user updates their Mac to JRE 1.7, then it’s not an easy job to revert back to 1.6.

I believe the underlying issue is that MPLAB X is built on NetBeans, and Microchip is using an older fork of NetBeans with some out of date JRE dependencies.

Let’s hope we can convince Microchip to move to being JRE 1.7 compatible pretty soon.

Nov 04

Cypress drops PSoC5 Support from latest tools.

Recently Cypress Semiconductor released the long awaited version 3.0 of it’s PSoC Creator development tool suite.
This is an update I’ve been waiting for, it finally brings to Creator some features which other, older, IDEs have had for many years, including: Auto-complete; go to definition; a code explorer window; inline diagnostics; disabled code identification and automatic indenting. These are all things that every other IDE I use has had for 6+ Years, including Visual Studio, NetBeans and Eclipse.

So I was truly pleased when this update arrived, as it promised to be a great aide to productivity.

As it happens, however, it turns out to be one of the biggest disappointments from Cypress yet.

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