MDK's intuitive IDE has been specifically optimized for embedded developers over many years. In addition to bringing together essential development tools and system views, it features the Pack Installer, an intelligent component manager that takes care of downloading, installing and keeping track of inter-dependencies for each pack component used in the code.
C/C++ compilation toolchain
The Arm Compiler and C/C++ libraries have been tuned for real-world embedded applications. With comprehensive support for modern language standards such as C11, C++11, and C++14, the toolchain generates highly efficient code for microcontrollers such as those based on Cortex-M, Arm9 and Arm7 CPUs. Furthermore, with MDK Professional customers have access to stable TÜV SÜD certified Arm Compiler branches, complete with documentation to support product safety certification.
In addition to responsive run-control debug, MDK enables the use of non-intrusive ETM or ITM CoreSight trace data to facilitate debug and system optimization when paired with a compatible debug probe from the ULINK family.
By combining software data with CPU performance counters and actual power measurement (requires ULINKplus), MDK’s System Analyzer allows quick identification of issues related to timing, performance and/or power consumption.
Available in MDK Professional, Fixed Virtual Platforms (FVPs) are instruction-accurate simulation models that enable software development without a hardware target. Normally running up to hundreds of MHz, FVPs are complete models of Arm systems, including processor, memory, and peripherals.
Host operating system
MDK is compatible with Microsoft Windows® 10, 8 and 7 operating systems.