for IAR Embedded Workbench for MSP430 version 5.50.2
Read about the latest features, new device support, and program corrections in the release notes.
- Important information
- Release notes for individual components
- Product packages
- Installation and license activation
New text editor and source browser
A new text editor and source browser are introduced in this version. The new features include auto completion, parameter hint, code folding, block select, block indent, bracket matching, zoom and word/paragraph navigation. The new source browser adds features like Go to Declaration and Find All References to symbols.
Support for TI ULP Advisor™ Software (from version 5.40.7)
TI ULP Advisor™ Software, the power-optimization teaching tool from Texas Instruments, is included in the IAR Embedded Workbench for MSP430 product. The integration enables you to control the TI ULP Advisor Software from within the project option settings in the IDE. The chosen rules are checked at each build, and the output is shown in the Build log window. Each TI ULP Advisor message includes a link to the source code and a link to information about the specific rule. Reference information about the TI ULP Advisor project options is provided in the online help system.
Custom SFR window
You can now define custom SFR's (special function registers) in C-SPY with selectable access size and type.
Support for new devices
Updated user guides
The IDE Project Management and Building Guide has been updated.
- Before you install
To avoid any problems, do not install this release in a directory where you have previously installed any older version of IAR Embedded Workbench. It is recommended that you either uninstall an earlier product, or install this release in a separate directory. As before, however, it is possible to install different products, all using the same version of the main application, in the same root directory.
- After installation
If you are using the parallel port version of the FET tool (e.g. TI's MSP-FET430PIF), a restart of your PC is required to start proper operation of the DriverX parallel port driver.
Project files generated by version 3.x or newer of IAR Embedded Workbench for MSP430 can be opened by the project manager in this version of the product. Project files generated by version 1.x and 2.x can also be opened but the debugger settings will however be lost and must be set again.
If you are migrating from version 2.x or later to this version we recommend that you take a look at the IAR Embedded Workbench for MSP430 Migration Guide for detailed information.
If you are migrating from version 1.x to this version, you can use the Step by step migration for descriptions on how to convert your old projects.
- Upgrade from Kickstart to the full version
It will be possible to use a Kickstart project without modifications in the full or Baseline version of IAR Embedded Workbench for MSP430.
- The IAR XLINK Linker, IAR XLIB Librarian and IAR XAR Library Builder have
been moved from the
common\bindirectory to the
430\bindirectory. Related documentation files and code examples have been moved to
- Windows Vista and Windows 7
Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a new security mechanism called UAC (User Access Control). Disabling UAC will make Vista/7 work more like XP, but this is not recommended because it will reduce the security of the computer. It is not necessary to run the IAR Embedded Workbench IDE as an administrator. However, if you are not, modifications to the installed product tree in C:\Program Files\IAR Systems might not work as intended and could give unexpected results. One example is opening and building projects directly from the installed product tree. The build will succeed, but the resulting files (object, list, ...) will not appear where expected. Instead all output files will be redirected by Vista/7 to C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\IAR Systems. To avoid this, the preferred way is to copy the examples to a location outside Program Files, either manually or automatically by opening them via the IAR Information Center.
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