Enea Supports Infineonís TriCore Processor with OSE Epsilon RTOS

11/5/2003 - Enea Embedded Technology, formerly OSE Systems, announced the availability of its OSE Epsilon real-time operating system and development tools for Infineonís TriCore processor. The compact OSE Epsilon kernel, together with the hybrid 16-/32-bit Infineon processor, provide an ideal platform for running automotive and telematics applications that require small code size and fast real-time response.

OSE Epsilon is a very fast, high-performance real-time kernel optimized for resource-constrained applications. Occupying as little as 4 kbytes of memory, Epsilon features integrated error handling, a context switching speed of 300 nsec, fully pre-emptive, and a worst-case interrupt latency of 1 usec. OSE Epsilon features networking support, including TCP/IP, a web server, and Internet utilities.

The TriCore Unified Processor is a high-performance, 32-bit, superscalar RISC architecture CPU that combines the capability of a 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) and a 16-bit digital signal processor (DSP) on a single core. Featuring a peak performance of 130 MIPS at 100 MHz and four-cycle context switching, TriCore maximizes data throughput by employing a Harvard architecture with three external 32-bit buses, one each for instruction, data, and peripheral access. To maximize code density, TriCore also employs a combination of 16- and 32-bit instructions that enables it to achieve a 30 percent reduction in code size over CPUs that use only 32-bit instructions.

Development support for OSE Epsilon includes Taskingís TriCore software development environment and Lauterbachís Trace32 debugger. Enea also offers a Soft Kernel simulator that lets designers develop and test their code on a PC without the need for the target hardware. To further streamline application development, Enea offers an RTOS-aware system-level analysis and profiling tool known as OSE Illuminator, which enables programmers to monitor, control and collect data for applications viewed as a sequence of events (such as context switches and message passing between processes). OSE Illuminator lets designers debug multiple TriCore nodes simultaneously, graphically view all processes and process information running on each node, set breakpoints on events, profile CPU performance, and monitor/fine tune memory usage.

"TriCoreís hybrid 16-/32-bit architecture is ideal for tackling compute-intensive applications that have tight memory constraints,Ē said Nicklas Gustafson, product marketing manager of Enea Embedded Technology. "OSE Epsilonís compact size and fast, predictable real-time response make it a perfect fit for TriCore, and an excellent platform for hosting sophisticated automotive and telematics applications.Ē

OSE Epsilon is available immediately for TriCore processors from Enea Embedded Technology.

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About Enea Embedded Technology
Enea Embedded Technology is a leading provider of real-time operating systems, development tools and services for fault-tolerant, high-availability and safety-critical applications. Enea Embedded Technology owns and markets the OSE real-time operating system. OSE is used in millions of products worldwide, including distributed communication systems like communication infrastructure or mobile phones, avionics, medical, automotive and industrial control systems. Enea Embedded Technology is a subsidiary of Enea Data (SAXESS: ENEA), based in Stockholm, Sweden. Employing nearly 600 people worldwide, Enea Data provides products, services, and training for a variety of real-time embedded, IT and e-business applications. Customers include industry leaders such as Ericsson, Lockheed Martin, Samsung, Agere Systems, Sony and Boeing. For more information on Enea Embedded Technology, please visit www.ose.com. For more information on Enea please visit www.enea.com.

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