[clug] [OT] USB key recommendations

Sam Couter sam at couter.dropbear.id.au
Tue Nov 9 09:15:30 GMT 2004

Darren Freeman <daz111 at rsphysse.anu.edu.au> wrote:
> It's a perfectly standard chip and I'm surprised you can't get a
> free-as-in-beer compiler. Probably needs running under Wine though.

I guess Texas Instruments think that selling software is important, even
if it may come at the cost of selling more hardware. I don't have access
to their market research data (nor am I qualified to analyse it), so
they may be right. My gut feel would be that they'd want the compiler as
free (or even Free) as possible to maximise the desirability of their
hardware and minimise their costs to develop said compiler. But then I
don't own or run a chip fabricating company. Perhaps it shows. :)

> If GCC doesn't support it then it would be quite handy for somebody to
> get it running since it is fairly common.

There is a 'c4x' target supported in GCC since 2.9.5 or so. Those chips
are also 16-bit DSPs from Texas Instruments. The c54x isn't supported,
but I'm hoping some bright spark can do what needs doing. I don't think
I'm a bright enough spark, but I've been doing a lot of googling, and
I've downloaded all the c54x specs I could find from Texas Instruments.
Maybe I'll get lucky.
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