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GigaDevice’s GD32 RISC-V MCUs are Getting Ashlings Effiecent RiscFree C/C++ Toolchain

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

GigaDevice’s GD32 RISC-V MCUs are Getting Ashlings Effiecent RiscFree C/C++ Toolchain. In a joint announcement, GigaDevice and Ashling said GigaDevice’s GD32V series of RISC-V Microcontrollers (MCUs) would be supported by Ashlings RiscFree Toolchain.

The GD32V is an industry first to utilize a RISC-V core and remain a general-purpose microcontroller. This move provides an innovative and cost-effective RISC-V alternative for mainstream applications. The system balances processing power and reduces peripheral sets and power consumption.

The two companies are saying that the GD32V devices are ideal for a wide range of interconnected applications. There are many applications that could benefit from the use of this MCU and its support packages, such as motor drives, alarm systems, power monitors, industrial controls, consumer and handheld equipment, POS, vehicle GPS, LED Displays, and more.

“As the RISC-V market is growing, we are happy to see a leading RISC-V toolchain provider like Ashling adding efficient development support for our award-winning GD32V RISC-V based microcontrollers. Ashling RiscFree™ will be a strong addition to the GD32 ecosystem of tools and solutions that will benefit our expanding customer base,” said Eric Jin, Product Marketing Director at GigaDevice.

The support package from Ashling is called RiscFree and is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that includes a compiler and debugger. These provide software development support as well as debug support for the GD32V series of MCUs.

The RiscFree IDE has since it was introduced, been steadily building a market share in the embedded tools marketplace. It is particularly prominent in the RISC-V market. The company feels its ease of use, plug-in architecture, broad functionality, and upcoming trace Real-Time Trace support could make it a go-to choice for RISC core software development.

“We are happy to announce our support for GigaDevice RISC-V based MCUs and that our RiscFree™ is now part of GigaDevice’s ecosystem of development and debugging. We are confident RiscFree™ support will offer the user base of GigaDevice a leading Toolchain which will help in speeding up the deployment of any GD32V MCU powered solutions,” said Hugh O’Keeffe, CEO of Ashling.

To find out more about the joint partnership between Ashling and GigaDevice for the GD32V RISC-V-based MCU and the RiscFree IDE see the Gigadevice product announcement here.

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