8 Replies Latest reply on May 5, 2010 3:29 PM by content.librarian

    HI-TECH compiler

    user_2405011
              I just received the bad news Microchip had acquired HI-TECH. I guess support from HI-TECH for the M8C compiler will be on low priority and will finally stop.   
         
      With one 99% ready compiler and one outdated compiler, Cypress falls through the cracks.   
         
      I hope Cypress is possible to take over the development of the HI-TECH compiler...   
        • 1. Re: HI-TECH compiler
          ganesh.raaja.maharajan
                  According to Clyde in the HiTech forums, discussions are on between Microchip and Cypress regarding the compiler. I am sure some amicable solution will be found for this issue.   
          • 2. Re: HI-TECH compiler
            user_416725
                    I hope so. Taking a commercial point of view (what it is), Cypress will not pay it's competitor for continued development and support. As you look, all non-Microchip compilers already disappeared from the website.   
               
            It would be nice if Cypress can take over the compiler and have their own control on it.   
               
            Clyde told me the most recent compiler build will be included in PD5 SP4. I hope this build will address the final issues.   
               
            Best regards,   
            Rolf   
            • 3. Re: HI-TECH compiler
              content.librarian
                      Cypress has released PD5.0 SP4.5. It comes with free ImageCraft compiler. Please check release notes of this version. You will get answer for the most of your question.   
                 
              Best regards,   
              Sachin Gupta   
              • 4. Re: HI-TECH compiler
                user_416725
                        Cypress is forced to stop distribution of the HI-TECH Lite compiler by Microchip. Fortunate the latest version of the HI-TECH Pro compiler is quite bug-free.   
                   
                Porting back to Imagecraft is not really an option as some keywords, identifiers and data types (eg. bit) aren't supported (yet?).   
                   
                Cypress told me that PD5 keeps on supporting the HI-TECH compiler for the future, so that's quite nice.   
                   
                Regards,   
                Rolf   
                • 5. Re: HI-TECH compiler
                  content.librarian
                          Hi Rolf,   
                     
                  This true that new ImageCraft is not better than HiTech Pro but its better than HiTech Lite. Anybody who has HiTech Pro, we do not ask him to move to ImageCraft. This free compiler is only for the people who do not have HiTech license and do not want to purchase either. We hope that when Cypress will release pro version of ImageCraft that would be comparable or better than HiTech Pro.   
                     
                  Best regards,   
                  Sachin   
                  • 6. Re: HI-TECH compiler
                    user_416725
                            Hi Sachin,   
                       
                    I hope the flash-size benchmark for the Imagecraft Pro compiler to release will not be the only metric, and also backwards compatibility will be one.   
                       
                    In my experience migrating to another compiler is time consuming (this applies also for the Lite version users).   
                       
                    Regards,   
                    Rolf   
                    • 7. Re: HI-TECH compiler
                      content.librarian
                              Hi Rolf,   
                         
                      I completely agree with your points. But Cypress had no other way out than having a new compiler. This is true that it is time consuming to migrate to another compiler. But cypress is ready to provide every kind of support to move to new compiler.   
                         
                      I hope you understand.   
                         
                      Best regards,   
                      Sachin   
                      • 8. Re: HI-TECH compiler
                        user_416725
                                Yes, I understand.   
                           
                        Richard (Imagecraft) already mentioned developing something like OCG (HI-TECH uses) is very though. Hope the results will be nice!   
                           
                        Regards,   
                        Rolf   
                        • 9. Re: HI-TECH compiler
                          content.librarian

                          The new PSoC Designer 5.1 includes native integration of the ImageCraft Pro compiler.                                                  

                             

                          Here is the URL     

                           

                             

                          http://www.cypress.com/?rID=41083     

                           

                               

                           

                             

                          (or go to http://www.cypress.com/go/psocdesigner and click on the red link).

                             

                           

                             

                          Thanks.