We are proud to announce the first release of AVR-Ada, one of the first GCC based Ada compilers targeting 8-bit microcontrolers.
You can get the project description and some (limited) documentation at
avr-ada.sourceforge.net The SF development pages with the download section are at
AVR-Ada is available in source form only. Binary packages of the cross compiler for Linux and Windows are expected to appear with future releases of cdk4avr (cdk4avr.sourceforge.net) and WinAVR (winavr.sourceforge.net).
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Please use SF's bug reporting system for guiding future development of AVR-Ada.
The goal of the AVR-Ada project is make the gcc based Ada compiler GNAT available for the AVR microcontrollers.
More specifically the project wants to provide
- a working compiler based on the existing AVR and Ada support in gcc - a minimalistic Ada runtime system - a useful AVR specific support library
Although the compiler and the library have considerably improved in the last few months they still have some problems. Do not base a commercial project on this tool chain. Or if you do, do it at your own risk :-).
Most of Ada's static features can be used with AVR-Ada. A typical Ada run time system is practically non-existant (and will probably never be). As a consequence we have to sacrifice some of the typical useful Ada features like run time checks, exception handling, timing commands (no delay statement), tasking, etc. Some of them are on our todo list for future releases, though.
We provide an Avr package hierarchy with some useful type and interface definitions and most importantly the necessary definitions for most AVR parts.
Some sample programs in the apps/ directory show how to use the compiler and the library. This includes the tutorial program from the avr-libc distrubution translated to Ada.
The documentation is very low and consists only of the pages at avr-ada.sourceforge.net. A copy of the pages is in the directory AVR-Ada/web/ for offline reading.