Development environment of embedded applications EAT-Eclipse

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Development environment of embedded applications EAT-Eclipse

The development environment EAT-Eclipse designed for the design and implementation of embedded software applications (SoftLogic-System) for controllers based on Atmel AVR XMEGA and STM32 from STMicroelectronics (controller «Proton», controller «Zenith», and other).


Based on EAT-Eclipse developed the voltage converters and frequency converters of different power and circuit designs, control systems for industrial drives, recorders events and signals, as well as possible to implement the full range of industrial automation.


The vast majority of products MIKONT Ltd have a control system with software designed in EAT-Eclipse.


This development environment is built on the concept of Model Driven Software Development. During project development, the user creates a model of the application that contains the complete formal description of the embedded application. On the basis of the model is automatically generated ready to compile the application project.

The development environment is based on the platform Eclipse, which included the following technologies:

  • Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) - framework to create a tool to work with models
  • Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) - framework to create a graphical model editors
  • Xtend - development tools for expansion and transformation of the models
  • Xpand - development tools for implementation of the code generation
  • C/C++ Development Tools (CDT) - development tools for the ​​C/C++ languages on Eclipse platform
  • WinAvr - GCC compiler for Atmel AVR controllers
  • AVR Eclipse Plugin - integration project for WinAvr compiler in Eclipse C/C++ Development Tools (CDT)
  • GNU ARM Eclipse Plugin - integration project for GNU ARM С/С++ Cross Compiler in Eclipse C/C++ Development Tools (CDT).

Development environment EAT-Eclipse provides a means to describe the project in the domain-specific language (DSL) with a graphical notation in the form of circuits of the interconnected functional blocks. This language is focused on a specific area of application, thereby achieving high efficiency of its use by domain without software engineers. In fact, in this specialized language user creates a formal description of the applications that sufficient for the automatic generation of source code for the target universal programming language. In this system, the target language is language C. After autogeneration of source code - compile them, you can get the application executable file.

The system provides a means of expanding by allowing the user to create new functional units - functional blocks and device drivers.

Below are examples of the parts real projects in the EAT-Eclipse.

Application model in EAT-Eclipse

Fig.1 Part of the control system project for the electrolytic rectifier 10000 A. Production of hydrogen.


Application model in EAT-Eclipse

Fig.2 Part of the project control system for the electrolytic rectifier 10000 A. Production of hydrogen.



Example log file alarm.txt, created of the event logging subsystem:


25.02.2009 11:09:05 1740.282902> ALARM - commutation failure

25.02.2009 15:42:12 6387.892065> ALARM - commutation failure

26.02.2009 09:39:26 6673.044491> ALARM - commutation failure

26.02.2009 09:41:32 6798.853262> ALARM - gercon . CB

26.02.2009 12:55:19 8037.575282> ALARM - gercon. CB

27.02.2009 09:28:05 416.245052> ALARM - gercon. CI


The string format of the log file alarm.txt:

Date Time SystemTime> Message



Note: Sytem Time - time, since the start of the controller in seconds


Monitoring system TRACE

Fig.3 Example of result working of monitoring subsystem. Shows the development of an emergency in the work of control system the thyristor converter. Data of monitoring system in viewer, at the bottom - the reported data in the file. The graph shows the growth of the motor current to the alarm value and the result of the safety system action. Time of the accident on the graph indicated by a vertical marker. Monitoring subsystem parameters the user sets in the development environment.


Monitoring system TRACE

Fig.4. Example of result working of monitoring subsystem. Visualization of discrete signals of the control pulses thyristor converter.


zip_icon Demo version of EAT-Eclipse (plug-ins for Eclipse)

zip_icon Examples of application models


How to install demo development environment EAT-Eclipse with examples of models

  1. Install IDE Eclipse with plugins from list above
  2. Download a demo version of EAT-Eclipse (
  3. Extract the contents to a folder plugins (C:\eclipse\plugins)
  4. Run Eclipse (C:\eclipse\eclipse.exe)
  5. Create project (File -> New -> C Project)
  6. Import sample files (File -> Import) from the archive (

The demo version does not support the save files models and does not support code generation C-files based on the application model.
Accordingly demo version allows you to view and edit examples of models, but you can not save changes.