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Technical Articles and Application Notes

Technical articles and Application Notes are provided to help clients to use Cosmic tools in the best possible way.

Application Note: writing optimal C code for ST7

This technical article provides the basics for writing optimal ST7 applications by taking a real-life example and showing how it can be improved modifying both the code and the compiler options.Read

Application Note: Understanding the differences between Cosmic and Metroweks ST7 compilers

This technical article explains the differences between Cosmic and Metrowerks C compilers and is particularly intended for people porting an application from Metrowerks to Cosmic, as well as for people benchmarking the two compilers. Read


Cosmic Software Documentation

This page contains links to the latest Cosmic user's manuals in Adobe PDF format. All files are compressed with WinZip for download efficiency.

IDEA and General Documentation:

IDEA User Manual IDEA User's manual and Quick Start guide for all processors (PDF format)
  • idea_and_quickstart.zip
  • C Language Manual General C Language Guide for use with Cosmic Cross Compilers (PDF format)
  • clanguage.zip

  • Compiler Documentation:

    CX_HC05 User Manual User's manual for the 68HC05 Compiler version and newer.
  • cx6805.zip
  • CX_HC08 User Manual User's manual for the 68HC08 Compiler version and newer.
  • cx6808.zip
  • CX_HC11 User Manual User's manual for the 68HC11 Compiler version and newer.
  • cx6811.zip
  • CX_HC12 User Manual User's manual for the 68HC12 Compiler version and newer.
  • cx6812.zip
  • CX_S12Z User Manual User's manual for the S12Z Compiler version and newer.
  • S12Z.zip
  • CX_S12X and CX_XGATE User Manuals User's manual for the 68HC12 Compiler version and newer.
  • S12X_XGATE_Users_Guide.zip
  • CX_HC16 User Manual User's manual for the 68HC16 Compiler version and newer.
  • cx6816.zip
  • CX_68300 User Manual User's manual for the 68300 Compiler version and newer.
  • cx68300.zip
  • CX_ST7 User Manual User's manual for the STMicroelectronics' ST7 Compiler version 4.4 and newer.
  • cxst7.zip
  • CX_ST10_C166 User Manual User's manual for the ST10/C166 Compiler.
  • CXST10.zip

  • ZAP Documentation:

    ZAP HC05 Simulator User's manual for the 68HC05 ZAP Simulator.
  • zap_6805_sim.zip
  • ZAP HC05 MMDS/MMEVS User's manual for the 68HC05 ZAP MMDS/MMEVS.
  • zap_6805_08_mmds.zip
  • ZAP HC08 BDM User's manual for the 68HC08 ZAP BDM.
  • ZAP_6808_BDM.zip
  • ZAP HC08 Simulator User's manual for the 68HC08 ZAP Simulator.
  • zap_6808_sim.zip
  • ZAP HC08 MMDS/MMEVS User's manual for the 68HC08 ZAP MMDS/MMEVS.
  • zap_6805_08_mmds.zip
  • ZAP HC08 MON08 User's manual for the 68HC08 ZAP MON08.
  • zap_6808_mon08.zip
  • ZAP HC11 Simulator User's manual for the 68HC11 ZAP Simulator.
  • zap_6811_sim.zip
  • ZAP HC11 Monitor User's manual for the 68HC11 ZAP Monitor.
  • zap_6811_mon.zip
  • ZAP HC12 Simulator User's manual for the 68HC12 ZAP Simulator.
  • zap_6812_sim.zip
  • ZAP HC12 In Circuit Debugger User's manual for the 68HC12 ZAP ICD for P&E's Cable12, Cable12HS and Multilink Parallel BDM interface Cable.
  • zap_6812_icd.zip
  • ZAP HC16 Simulator User's manual for the 68HC16 ZAP Simulator.
  • zap_6816_sim.zip
  • ZAP HC16 BDM User's manual for ZAP 6816 BDM (CABLE16/32).
  • zap_6816_68300_bdm.zip
  • ZAP 68300 Simulator User's manual for the 68300 ZAP Simulator.
  • zap_68300_sim.zip
  • ZAP 68300 BDM User's manual for the ZAP 68300 BDM (CABLE16/32).
  • zap_6816_68300_bdm.zip
  • ZAP ST7 Simulator User's manual for ZAP Simulator targeting STMicroelectronic's ST7.
  • zap_st7_sim.zip


  • Download Software

    Welcome to Cosmic Software Download Page. You will find here evaluation versions of most Cosmic tools and other free tools. Before downloading please note:
    The evaluation software available on this page is designed to allow the user to build and debug a small application for evaluation purposes. If you need to port an existing project or build a more extensive project as part of your evaluation then we suggest you use a free 30 day time limited evaluation of the latest product which is available upon request. Please contact your local Cosmic office or distributor for 30 day evaluation requests.

    • Evaluation versions are completely free and do not require any registration to work.
    • For some targets, Cosmic provides a free size limited version supporting a larger application than the evaluation version. Some free versions may require registration for download and use as noted below.
    • The evaluation versions are NOT always the latest version that is available for purchase: for this reason we do not provide the version number for evaluation packages, although we guarantee that what you are evaluating is very similar to the latest version. (basically we rebuild evaluation versions only for major changes).
    • All evaluation packages include IDEA, compiler, and ZAP for Simulator. If you would like to evaluate software that works with hardware, please contact us to request a 30 day evaluation of the latest product for the specific hardware.
    • Manuals are included in PDF format.

    ARM Cortex M0/M0+ Evaluation Tools

    Cosmic tools for the ARM CortexM0/M0+ including support for NXP Kinetis L family (4K evaluation version).
  • Kitcorm4K_V4.1.3.exe
  • Available downloads for NXP targets:

    NXP HC05 evaluation tools Cosmic tools for NXP HC05 family, evaluation version limited to 1k.
  • cx6805_idea_sim_eval.exe
  • NXP HC08 evaluation tools Cosmic tools for NXP 68HC08/HCS08 family including CX6808 compiler, ZAP debugger Simulator and ZAP HCS08 BDM debugger/programmer for P&E BDM Multilink Cable. Evaluation version limited to 4k bytes.
  • cx6808_idea_sim_eval.exe
  • NXP HC12 evaluation tools Cosmic tools for NXP HC12/HCS12 family including CX6812 compiler, ZAP debugger Simulator and ZAP BDM debugger/programmer for P&E BDM Multilink Cable. Evaluation version limited to 4k.
  • cx6812_idea_sim_eval.exe
  • NXP HCS12X and XGATE evaluation tools Cosmic tools for NXP HCS12X and XGATE including CXS12X and CXXGATE compiler, ZAP debugger Simulator and ZAP BDM debugger/programmer for P&E BDM Multilink Cable. Evaluation version limited to 4k.
  • cx6812X_xgate_idea_sim
    _bdm_eval.exe
  • NXP HC11 evaluation tools Cosmic tools for NXP HC11 family, evaluation version limited to 4k.
  • cx6811_idea_sim_eval.exe
  • NXP HC16 evaluation tools Cosmic tools for NXP HC16 family, evaluation version limited to 4k.
  • cx6816_idea_sim_eval.exe
  • NXP 68300 evaluation tools Cosmic tools for NXP 68300 family, evaluation version limited to 4k.
  • cx68300_idea_sim_eval.exe
  • Power Architecture evaluation tools Cosmic tools for Power Architecure family, evaluation version limited to 16k.
  • cxvle_idea_sim_bdm_eval.exe
  • NXP Kinetis (ARM Cortex-based) evaluation tools Cosmic tools for the Kinetis, CortexM0-based family, evaluation version limited to 4k.
  • Kitcorm4K_V4.1.3.exe
  • NXP Kinetis (ARM Cortex-based) evaluation tools Cosmic tools for the Kinetis, CortexM3/M4-based family.
  • Kitcorm4K_V4.1.3.exe

  • Available downloads for STMicroelectronics targets:

    Power Architecture evaluation tools Cosmic tools for Power Architecure family, evaluation version limited to 16k.
  • cxvle_idea_sim_bdm_eval.exe
  • STMicroelectronics ST7 evaluation tools Cosmic tools for the ST7 family, evaluation version limited to 4k.
  • cxst7_4k.exe
  • STMicroelectronics STM8 evaluation tools Cosmic tools for the STM8 family, evaluation version limited to 8k.
  • CXSTM8_idea_sim_eval.exe
  • Cosmic tools for STM32 32K Special Edition Free license Cosmic tools for STMicro STM32 are available as part of the CXSTM8 special edition package. The CXCORM special edition tools support up-to 32kb of code and data. (one year license)
  • download.php

  • Available downloads for Infineon targets:

    C166/xC16x evaluation tools Cosmic tools for Infineon xC16X family, evaluation version limited to 4k.
  • cxST10_C16X_idea_sim
    _eval.exe