Tilcon Graphics Development Suite Available for Wind River's Tornado / VxWorks Embedded Development Platforms

9/17/2002 - Tilcon Software and Wind River Systems have combined forces to deliver powerful new tools for custom user interface development to the community of VxWorks® embedded and real-time developers. Engineers may now access Tilcon's development suite from their Tornado® IDE to build applications utilizing Wind River's VxWorks real-time operating system.

Tilcon, an Associate in the WindLink Partner Program, leverages 14 years of real-time and embedded interface development to bring customers intuitive and feature rich tools that make user interface development on VxWorks fast and easy. Screens are built with drag & drop simplicity with easy customization using object property forms. One click of the test button and the user interface is simulated without writing a single line of code. Tilcon's comprehensive C/C++ API library (identical across platforms) is used to dynamically drive (send/receive/update/create) the user interface objects by tying them to their data source and gives the developer fine tune control over the appearance and behavior of graphical objects at runtime. The graphics engine is compact, scalable, event-driven, easily embedded and supports remote display. Tilcon takes full advantage of Wind River's powerful WindMLTM 2D graphics library and the result is graphically impressive user interfaces with exceptional responsiveness.

The rich palette of objects and tools includes over 40 unique raw draw objects (line, polygon, bezier, arc, circle and all flowchart symbols), gradiant fills colors, images, alarms. All standard GUI objects are provided (buttons, text, tree, table, combobox, multi-column listbox, numberbox, radio buttons, menus, pop-up and others). Tilcon's HMI objects such as slider, charts, animation, gauges, meters, scales, multi-state objects are unrivalled in the industry and make it a snap to create stunning displays and instrument clusters. The close integration of graphics and user interface objects makes it easy for designers and developers to work together in branding a custom look and feel.

Tilcon's OPC client module supports Tornado for Industrial Automation OPC servers. An ODBC module to connect to ODBC compliant databases is also available. With Tilcon's connectivity and multiple platform support developers now have a fully integrated HMI solution for their Vx Works based industrial automation applications.

Also available from Tilcon is a powerful mapping module fully integrated with the user interface greatly simplifying development of GPS and GIS enabled applications making it a powerful solution for a wide range of devices that need to integrate geographic data.

The collaboration between Wind River and Tilcon will greatly expand the range of options for VxWorks developers looking for tools to create state of the art user interfaces and virtual instruments commented Caroline Yao, Director of Partner Solutions at Wind River.

"Tilcon drastically reduces the tedious chore of hand coding today's demanding graphical applications. Flexibility, ease-of-use and out-of-the-box attention grabbing graphics all allow developers to quickly create innovative new applications. We have been very impressed at the performance of Tilcon graphical applications running under VxWorks and look forward to providing support to all of Wind River reference platforms states Ernest Hollander, vice-president, engineering at Tilcon Software.

About Tilcon Software
Tilcon has over 14 years' experience in developing user interface tools for real-time and embedded application developers. The result is an effective development kit used worldwide in demanding, highly interactive applications. Clients include GE Transportation Systems, Gambro, Johnson & Johnson, NEC, Lockheed Martin, Ericsson, United Defense, Siemens, United States Postal Service and many others.

About Wind River
Wind River is a worldwide leader in embedded software and services for creating connected smart devices. Wind River provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity software for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, digital consumer electronics, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial automation and control, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is How Smart Things ThinkTM. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide.

About the WindLink Partner Program
The WindLink Partner Program is focused on helping hardware and software developers, system integrators, and consultants create and sell products and services that complement or are integrated with Wind River products. Wind River continually seeks out partners in strategic market segments such as Internet infrastructure, telecommunications, Internet appliances, consumer electronics, and semiconductors. WindLink partners work hand-in-hand with Wind River to provide total solutions to joint customers.

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