ARC International Offers Software Suite for ARM9-based Embedded Development Platforms

1/14/2003 - ARC International (LSE:ARK), a world leader in configurable System-on-Chip (SoC) platform technologies, announced the availability of a highly optimized suite of software development tools for the ARM9TM processor. The suite, called the MetaDeveloperTM, includes ARCís MetaWare® C/C++ Compiler, SeeCodeTM Debugger, Instruction Set Simulator, assembler, linker, profiler, RTOS and networking application prototyping, IDE and Precise/MQXTM RTOS and Precise/RTCSTM TCP/IP networking stacks. Using ARCís unified development tools allows developers using the ARM9 processor to eliminate the time and risk of working with multiple vendors, thus enabling them to bring products to market more quickly.

ďFaultless tool integration and a single source for support are vital to a software design project,Ē said Mike Gulett, president & CEO of ARC International. ďARC is uniquely positioned to offer the industryís most comprehensive, yet non-royalty package because we donít rely on outside sources to supply parts of our solution. Others may have either the RTOS or the debugging tools, or the networking components. Only ARC can supply everything and guarantee they will work together beyond the initial purchase date.Ē

The MetaWare C/C++ Compiler provides developers with complete control over the compilerís language enforcement, code generation and optimization to achieve the most compact code size and optimize performance for ARM-based designs.

When using ARC's SeeCode Debugger, developers are presented with the same user interface either connecting to ARC's ARM-instruction set simulator or real target hardware via popular JTAG emulators. It is fully OS-aware for a variety of popular real-time operating systems, with integrated TCP/IP network stack aware debugging capability.

The Precise/MQX RTOS is a small, scalable and portable Real Time Operating System (RTOS), which delivers fast, deterministic performance and continuous reliable operation to meet the critical needs of the embedded applications. It is delivered with full source code and licensed royalty-free. MQX supports multi-tasking, priority-based pre-emptive and round-robin scheduling, memory management, run-time error detection, message passing, semaphores, performance measurement and self-testing and auditing.

ARCís Precise/RTCS is a compact, high-performance, portable embedded TCP/IP networking stack. RTCS includes essential networking functions and offers a wide variety of optional components including: HTTP, SNMPv3, POP3, SMTP, IPSec, PPPoE, OSPF, BGP4 and NAT.

ARCís system design and performance tools are part of the integrated development tool suite. The project-management toolkit allows developers to set up and start the following tools:

The Precise/EDS ClientTM debugger-independent tool retrieves task-aware debugging information from an embedded application while the application is running.

The Precise/Design Tool is a rapid-prototyping tool which generates the application source code that defines the data structures, task, and application-layer interface to MQX and the RTCSTM embedded internet stack. The Precise/Performance Tool presents graphical views of task execution data that has been captured during the execution of an application design with the MQX RTOS.

About ARC
ARC International is an industry-leading developer of embedded user-customizable, high-performance 32-bit RISC/DSP processor cores, with integrated development tools, peripherals, RTOS and software. These integrated products and solutions are a result of the acquisitions of MetaWare, VAutomation and Precise Software Technologies. ARC's integrated intellectual property solutions assist customers in rapidly developing next generation wireless, networking and consumer electronics products, reducing time to market, reducing their cost, reducing the number of IP suppliers and reducing their risk for system-on-chip products. Products based on ARC's technology include digital still cameras, set-top boxes, and network processors.

ARC International employs 200 people in research and development, sales, and marketing offices across North America, Europe and Israel. Full details of the company's locations and other information are on the company's web site, ARC International is listed on the London Stock Exchange as ARC International plc (LSE:ARK).

ARC, the ARC logo, ARCtangent, High C/C++, SeeCode, MetaDeveloper, Precise/MQX, and Precise/RTCS are trademarks of ARC International.

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