Green Hills Ports INTEGRITY RTOS to Artesyn's PMC Telecom Modules

12/3/2003 - Artesyn Communication Products, a subsidiary of Artesyn Technologies (NASDAQ:ATSN), announced the availability of Green Hills Software's INTEGRITY® real-time operating system (RTOS) for Artesyn's line of PowerPC-based Processor PMC (PrPMC) telecom modules. Artesyn's PMC modules, together with Green Hills' high-availability INTEGRITY RTOS, provide a secure high-availability platform for adding high-performance control, packet, and protocol processing to a broad range of telecom systems.

Artesyn's PowerPC-based PMC modules make it easy for telecom OEMs to add processing power to telecom systems equipped with PMC expansion sites. The modules make ideal control plane processors for optical and wireless infrastructure. They're also ideal for augmenting packet processing and routing performance in voice gateways, and for enhancing protocol processing performance in SS7 and SIGTRAN signaling control points and gateways.

INTEGRITY will initially be available for Artesyn's PowerPC-based PM/PPC-750F module. Featuring a 700-MHz IBM PowerPC 750FXTM microprocessor, the PM/PPC-750F provides up to 512 Mbytes of SDRAM, three 10/100 Ethernet ports, two asynchronous serial ports, and an I2C-based system management interface. The module also features an eight-channel DMA controller, which facilitates high-speed data movement between memory and I/O resources with minimal CPU intervention.

The PM/PMC-750F can be installed on any carrier card that provides PMC expansion sites, including standard CompactPCI (cPCI) and cPCI/Packet Switching Backplane (cPSB) carrier cards, and proprietary baseboards. The PM/PPC-750F works out of the box with Artesyn's Katana750i cPSB processor blade, which features an 800-MHz PowerPC 750FX processor, up to one Gbyte of SDRAM, two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, and an I2C-based PICMG 2.9 Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI).

INTEGRITY is a fast, deterministic, royalty-free RTOS designed for applications that require high performance and maximum reliability. Utilizing the hardware memory protection facilities of the PowerPC's memory management unit (MMU), INTEGRITY builds a firewall between the kernel and user tasks that prevents errant or malicious code from corrupting user data, the kernel, interprocess communications, device drivers and other user tasks. INTEGRITY also enhances reliability and determinism by running with interrupts continuously enabled and guaranteeing access to the CPU and memory for critical tasks.

"PMC provides an excellent form factor for building modular telecom systems that can be upgraded with new hardware and software functionality without having to replace major subsystems," said Jeff Durst, director of product marketing at Artesyn Communication Products. "Artesyn PMC modules equipped with INTEGRITY make it easy for designers of high-availability telecom systems to significantly boost control and packet processing performance for applications ranging from softswitches and signaling control points to base station controllers and voice gateways."

"Artesyn PMC modules equipped with INTEGRITY should prove very attractive to telecom OEMs who place a premium on high reliability, availability, and security," added Dan Mender, director of INTEGRITY business development at Green Hills Software. "INTEGRITY's memory protection and hard real-time characteristics make it a perfect fit for the high-performance computing and I/O facilities available on Artesyn's modules. We look forward to working with Artesyn to make INTEGRITY available for Artesyn's full line of PMC modules."

A development license for the INTEGRITY RTOS, including a PM/PPC-750F board support package, starts at $15,000 per product. Run-time licenses for INTEGRITY on the target system are free. The PM/PPC-750F starts at $ 1995 in single-piece quantity.

About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software, Inc. is the technology leader for real-time operating systems and software development tools for 32- and 64-bit embedded systems. The royalty-free INTEGRITY RTOS, compilers, MULTI and AdaMULTI Integrated Development Environments and TimeMachine product line offer a complete development solution that addresses embedded systems from the lowest cost consumer products to the most safety-critical aircraft flight systems. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom.

North American Sales Contact: Green Hills Software, Inc., 30 West Sola Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Tel: 805-965-6044, Fax: 805-965-6343, Website:, Email: International Sales Contact: Green Hills Software Ltd., Dolphin House, St. Peter Street, Winchester Hampshire SO23 8BW, United Kingdom, Tel: +44 (0)1962 829820, Fax: +44 (0)1962 890300, Email:

About Artesyn Technologies, Inc.
Artesyn Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Boca Raton, FL., is a world leader in designing and manufacturing power conversion solutions for industry-leading OEMs in communications and IT infrastructure markets and is one of the foremost providers of controllers and WAN/protocol software for worldwide telecom and datacom systems and real-time communication applications. The Company has a global sales reach with design and manufacturing facilities in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Artesyn is a public company whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol ATSN. For more information about Artesyn Technologies and its products, please visit the Company's web site at

Artesyn Communication Products is located at 8310 Excelsior Drive, Madison, WI 53717. Telephone: 608-831-5500, or 800-356-9602. Fax: 608-831-4249.

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