About the CrossWorks Platform Library

The CrossWorks Platform Library is a standard API that runs on a collection of popular microprocessors and evaluation boards. It is a way for Rowley Associates to deliver examples, from simple to complex, for those boards.

In particular, the Platform Library requires the CrossWorks Tasking Library for operation. Because the Platform Library, and facilities built on top of it, use interrupts and background processing, we made the decision to use the CrossWorks Tasking Library as a foundation stone for the Platform Library. We have not abstracted the Platform Library to use a generic RTOS as this adds more complexity to the design.

Why use the Platform Library?

Standardizing on the Platform Library provised a certain amount of portability for you applications. Rather than using vendor-supplied libraries that get you running quickly on their silicon, you can invest some time learning the Platform Library and use that knowledge across different architectures. You are, however, committing to use CrossWorks, CTL, and the Platform Library for the long term.

What the Platform Library isn't

The Platform Library it is not a general-purpose API supporting every feature offered by common devices, nor does it cater for all devices within a family. The Platform Library is tested on the microprocessors and evaluation boards that Rowley Associates deliver examples for. Certainly, you can use it with little or no modification on boards that have other processors in the families we support, but you will need to customize the Platform Library implementation yourself.

What the Platform Library runs on

The Platform Library runs on the following microprocessor families:

The range of boards and microprocessors that run the Platform Library continues to expand. Please check the CrossWorks web site for the latest information.