SDCC is a Free ware , retargettable, optimizing ANSI-C compiler. The current version targets Intel 8051 based MCUs, it can be retargetted for other 8 bit MCUs or PICs. The entire source code for the compiler is distributed under GPL. SDCC used ASXXXX & ASLINK a Free ware, retargettable assembler & linker. SDCC has extensive MCU (8051) specific language extensions, which lets it utilize the underlying hardware effectively. The front-end (parser) will be enhanced to handle language extensions for other MCUs as and when they are targetted. In addition to the MCU Specific optimizations SDCC also does a host of standard optimizations like global sub expression elimination, loop optimizations (loop invariant, strength reduction of induction variables and loop reversing), constant folding & propagation, copy propagation, dead code elimination and jumptables for 'switch' statements. For the back-end SDCC uses a global register allocation scheme which should be well suited for other 8 bit MCUs , the peep hole optimizer uses a rule based substitution mechanism which is MCU independent. Supported data-types are short (8 bits, 1 byte), char (8 bits, 1 byte), int (16 bits, 2 bytes ), long (32 bit, 4 bytes) & float (4 byte IEEE). The compiler also allows inline assembler code to be embedded anywhere in a function. In addition routines developed in assembly can also be called. SDCC also provides an option to report the relative complexity of a function, these functions can then be further optimized , or hand coded in assembly if need be. SDCC also comes with a companion source level debugger SDCDB, the debugger currently uses S51 a freeware simulator for 8051, it can be easily modified to use other simulators. The latest version can be downloaded from http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Forum/1353
All packages used in this compiler system are opensource (freeware); source code for all the sub-packages ( asxxxx assembler/linker , pre-processor and gc a conservative garbage collector) are distributed with the package. Documentation was created using a freeware word processor (LyX).
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