ARM announced a free edition of its Eclipse-based development toolkit that's aimed at Android developers. ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE) helps create performance- and power-optimized native software by integrating a graphical debugger for code generated for the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) and a version of the ARM Streamline Performance Analyzer, the company says.
Over the last year, there has been growing pressure from Linus Torvalds and others in the Linux community to clean up the increasingly messy ARM code base within the Linux kernel. Linux 3.0 was said to have consolidated some of this code -- marked by versioning issues related to the numerous development components available for a growing number of ARM processors. Standardized Linux and Android tools developed by the ARM-backed Linaro development firm are also helping to address the challenge.
Now, ARM is tackling the problem head-on with an ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE) toolkit for Android, supplied as an Eclipse plugin. DS-5 CE integrates with and complements the Android SDK and NDK kits, and offers an "easy to use environment for debugging and optimizing C/C++ code," says the processor IP design firm.