Microprocessor maker ARM has introduced a new free Community Edition of its ARM Development Studio for Android application developers.
ARM has released a new tool
for Android application developers, the ARM Development Studio 5 Community
Edition, a free version of its reference software development toolkit.
This new edition of ARM
Development Studio helps the Android application developer community create
native software for compute-intensive tasks that can run up to four times
faster than Java code, ARM officials said. DS-5 CE complements the standard
software development kit (SDK) and native development kit (NDK) Android
development kits by providing a set of tools to help them leverage the
performance and energy-efficiency advantages made possible when ARM native code
is used in Android applications, the company said.
"With over half a million
apps on the Android market today, developers need to deliver an outstanding
user experience to succeed commercially," John Cornish, executive vice
president and general manager of the system design division at ARM, said in a
statement. "ARM DS-5 Community Edition offers developers an easy-to-use
environment for debugging and optimizing C/C++ code. This allows them to take
full advantage of ARM processor technology using native code to deliver the
performance and functionality that consumers demand."
The ARM DS-5 Community
Edition includes limited, but key functionality from the premium DS-5 toolkit
to help solve common Android application developer pain points. It achieves
this by providing an integrated graphical debugger for NDK-generated code and
visibility of advanced processor information, including ARM NEON Single
Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) registers. The new toolkit permits development
of Java and C/C++ code in the same Eclipse integrated development environment
(IDE) to maximize productivity and ease of use.
"The release of ARM DS-5
Community Edition is welcomed by Orange and solves some of the pain points of
Android native apps developers," Yves Christol, head of the Advanced Software
Centre in the devices unit at Orange, said in a statement.
"We have been using DS-5
extensively for system level debugging and performance tuning," Duan ZhiQiang,
CTO of Thundersoft, said in a statement. "With the release of the Community
Edition, it will enable our ISV and IHV partners to access similar
capabilities, improving our platform as an application development target and
expanding its ecosystem."
DS-5 Community Edition also
features a tailored version of the ARM Streamline Performance Analyzer for use
with compatible Android development platforms. Streamline captures system-wide
performance statistics from a variety of sources, which helps developers to
locate hotspots in their code and isolate potential causes. Platform builders
can add support for Streamline by integrating an open-source driver available
from the Linaro Website.
"The community edition of
DS-5 (DS-5 CE) will further reduce the barriers to open-source development on
ARM," Alexander Sack, platform technical director at Linaro, said in a
statement. "We have worked closely with ARM to ensure that DS-5 support is
available as an easy-to-install add-on for Linaro Ubuntu images in the past and
are working together to deliver a similar convenient developer experience for
DS-5 CE as part of our Android images. This initiative will help users of the
community edition take full advantage of Linaro optimized images."
The DS-5 CE is available
free for use by individuals and organizations with annual revenue of $100,000
or less and up to 10 employees. DS-5 CE is available from ARM and can be
downloaded now. For more information go to http://www.arm.com/ds5community