Dear Embedded folks,
I am looking for guidance with selection of a hardware developmen platform and tools for a new project. The task is essentially to embed a Ethernet router in an existing system, which will consume some networ traffic (TCP/IP) and forward the rest. As a first phase, we would like t get a working hardware platform for code development; later we roll our ow hardware based on the selected controller. I have been surveying platform that provide Ethernet connectivity and sufficient horsepower to proces level-2 packets; the toughest part has been finding appropriat development tools.
From what I?ve learned here and elsewhere, the Freescale ColdFire (e.g MCF5282) or an ARM-based device (e.g. AT91RM9200, Samsung S3C4510B) ar suitable controller choices. At this point I am leaning towards ColdFir based on praise of the architecture.
I have been evaluating the NetBurner MOD528
The Axiom Manufacturing CML-5282 development boar
I see P&E Micro has a BDM-based development suite. It appears the tool don?t support C++, but that is not a deal-breaker. Any comments o these products?
On the ARM side, I?ve heard there are many good tool vendors. Is ther a development/debug package that is head and shoulders above others?
Other items on the wish list include: o TCP/IP stack o Full Source code for any provided drivers, RTOS, etc o Full hardware schematics o Small development platform/module preferable
Time-to-demo is more critical than cost at this point.
With thanks for any and all feedback, ~Scott