Enea Launches OSE RTOS and Development Tools for Motorola’s PowerQUICC

12/10/2003 - Enea Embedded Technology, the leading provider of embedded solutions and services for the communications market, has announced general availability of the OSE RTOS technology for Motorola’s PowerQUICC III communications architecture.

Enea has also announced that Motorola is using OSE for the PQIII on a major network infrastructure project. OSE’s unique real-time and high-availability facilities, support for dynamic program loading, memory protection, and advanced system level debugging tools aid rapid development and time to market for network infrastructure applications looking at the PQ III. The OSE beta release for PQ III has been verified by customers and prospects for bring up in just one day.

OSE for PowerQUICC III includes the OSE real-time operating system (RTOS), development tools and board support packages for Motorola’s 8540 und 8560 processors. OSE for PowerQUICC III features a modern high-availability architecture, an efficient communications framework for distributed systems, and RapidIO support. These features make distributed communications networks based on OSE and PowerQUICC III the most reliable, powerful and flexible platforms in the industry.

OSE for PowerQUICC III will support the processor’s RapidIO architecture. The OSE message-passing programming model and Link Handler technology are a natural fit for the RapidIO switch fabric interconnect technology utilized in the PowerQUICC III. OSE Link Handler provides high-performance and seamless distributed message-based communications between any number of CPUs per the RapidIO standard. OSE developers can now take advantage of RapidIO’s guaranteed delivery features and its data throughput of up to 10 Gbits/sec.

OSE for PowerQUICC III features a fully pre-emptive, multi-processor capable, small-footprint kernel, which has been designed for high-performance, distributed, multi-channel, multi-function communications. OSE utilizes direct message passing (DMP), the preferred mechanism for establishing interprocess communications between controllers, DSPs, network management and debug tools in telecom and networking applications. OSE also utilizes PowerQUICC’s hardware MMU to form a firewall that enhances reliability and availability by preventing kernel and application processes from corrupting each other. High-availability features include automatic failure detection and supervision, which enhance reliability without compromising reliability.

Enea Embedded Technology offers complete tool support for OSE on PowerQUICC III. This includes OSE Illuminator, an RTOS-aware, system-level analysis and profiling tool that enables programmers to monitor, control and collect data for applications viewed as a sequence of events. OSE Illuminator is tightly integrated with the Metrowerks CodeWarriorTM Development Studio (PowerQUICC III Edition), which addresses the complete software development cycle, from hardware evaluation, board bring-up, and OSE kernel adaptation, to application development, project management, RTOS-aware source-level and system-level debugging and code coverage. Additional tool support includes the OSE Softkernel, which provides hardware simulation.

OSE board support packages are available for Motorola’s 8560 ADS and Torridion boards, as well as GDA Technologies’ RMC 8540. Enea also supports Metrowerks’ PowerTAP PRO ICE (In-Circuit-Emulator) for PowerQUICC III.

OSE for PowerQUICC III RTOS and the corresponding tools are available now. The OSE LinkHandler for Rapid IO will be available by the beginning of 2004.

More on on PowerQUICCTM III
The PowerQUICC III is a high-performance communications controller that combines a PowerPC Book E e500 core, some standard peripherals, and an optional multi-channel Communications Processor Module (CPM). The e500, equipped with 256 Kbytes of L2 cache and a single-precision floating-point unit with SIMD capability, operates at speeds of up to 1 GHz and delivers a peak performance of up to 1850 MIPS. Standard PowerQUICC III peripherals include a DDR SDRAM memory controller, a 64-bit PCI/X/PCI controller, a RapidIO port, and a pair of 10/100/1000 Ethernet controllers. The RISC-based CPM features three fast serial communications controllers (FCCs), two multi-channel controllers (MCCs), four serial communications controllers (SCCs), one serial peripheral interface (SPI) and one I2C interface. For further information on PowerQUICC III please visit the homepage of Motorola.

More on RapidIOTM
RapidIO is a high-performance embedded interconnect technology standard defined by Motorola and the over 50 different member companies of the RapidIO Trade Association. The RapidIO architecture was designed for networking and communications equipment, enterprise storage, and other high-performance embedded markets. It addresses the demand for higher performance networking equipment for use in the Internet infrastructure. RapidIO is an electronic data communications standard for interconnecting chips on a circuit board and interconnecting circuit boards using a backplane. The RapidIO architecture promises increased bandwidth, lower costs, and a faster time-to-market than other more computer-centric bus standards. For further information please visit the homepage of the RapidIO Trade Association.

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 embedded systems. Enea Embedded Technology owns and markets the OSE real-time operating system. OSE is used in millions of products worldwide, including distributed communication systems (such as communication infrastructure or mobile phones), avionics, medical, automotive, and industrial control systems. Enea Embedded Technology is a subsidiary of Enea Data (SAXESS: ENEA), which is 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 Data please visit www.enea.com.

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