C-SPY Debugger from IAR Becomes ThreadX Aware in Embedded Workbench

4/28/2003 - Express Logic, the leader in embedded real-time operating systems, announced the immediate availability of ThreadX® awareness for the IAR® C-SPYTM Debugger found within the IAR Embedded WorkbenchTM. Express Logic’s ThreadX real-time operating system (RTOS) for the ARM architecture boasts extremely small memory requirements as well as very high performance. ThreadX also provides many advanced features, including a picokernelTM architecture, preemption-thresholdTM, optimized software timers, and priority inheritance. The IAR C-SPY Debugger integration further enhances development of advanced ThreadX applications for a series of ARM microprocessors.

The IAR C-SPY Debugger integration offers ThreadX developers full support by providing detailed views of all ThreadX resources. Each application thread may be viewed in a separate window, clearly showing its current state and location in the application software. All of ThreadX resources are available for viewing, including Threads, Semaphores, Queues, Timers, Event Flag Groups, Memory Block Pools and Memory Byte Pools.

Express Logic’s vast experience with the ARM architecture has made ThreadX one of the most popular royalty free solutions for ARM system developers. ThreadX is available across the entire ARM architecture family. The addition of C-SPY debug integration offers yet another advantage for developers.

The IAR Embedded Workbench is a powerful Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that allows you to develop and manage complete embedded applications for a variety of 8-, 16- and 32-bit target processors in a convenient Windows interface. The Embedded Workbench IDE is the framework where all necessary tools are integrated: a C/EC++ compiler, an assembler, a linker, an editor, a project manager, and the C-SPYTM debugger. The IDE is an open architecture that is designed to make it easy for partners like Express Logic to take advantage of its advanced features.

“ThreadX for the ARM architecture is one of our most popular products. This is largely due to our royalty free licensing model and the inherent size and speed advantages of ThreadX. However, another reason for the tremendous popularity of ThreadX for ARM technology is having outstanding integration with development tools like IAR’s Embedded Workbench for ARM,” says William E. Lamie, Express Logic’s president. “The C-SPY debugger integration for ThreadX is most definitely going to help ARM developers get higher quality products to market in less time.”

“Both Express Logic and IAR Systems are justly famous for technical excellence and extremely small code-size – C-SPY and ThreadX is going to be a winning combination!” - Mike Skrtic, Tools and Applications Manager, IAR Systems.

Pricing and Availability
The ThreadX integration plug-in for the IAR C-SPY Debugger is provided as a Dynamic Link Library (DLL) that plugs seamlessly into the C-SPY debugger. It is available today – at no charge – for ThreadX developers. Please contact IAR Systems for details about IAR Embedded Workbench.

About Express Logic and ThreadX
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Express Logic offers the most advanced run-time solution for deeply embedded applications, including the popular ThreadX RTOS, the high-performance TCP/IP stack NetXTM, and the embedded MS-DOS file system FileXTM. All products from Express Logic include full source-code and have no run-time royalties. For more information about Express Logic solutions, please browse to http://www.expresslogic.com, call 1-888-THREADX, or email inquires to sales@expresslogic.com.

About IAR Systems
By focusing on the embedded systems industry, IAR Systems has reached the position of leading supplier of software development tools for embedded microcontrollers. Since the company was founded in 1983, IAR has worked in close cooperation with the world’s major chip manufacturers to develop a wide range of programming tools supporting a large number of chip architectures. The tools today consist of highly efficient C and EC++ compilers in the IAR Embedded WorkbenchTM development environment, the device driver wizard IAR MakeApp for graphical configuration and initialization of the chip and creation of complete device drivers, and the IAR visualSTATE® graphic programming tool with a patented technology to generate validated and small production-ready code. IAR Systems also provides a total solution for BluetoothTM protocol stacks and applications, from development of Bluetooth devices to qualification, using IAR PreQualTM. IAR Design Services injects engineering expertise and experience into embedded system projects. It contributes to IAR’s mission to reduce the development time for embedded systems and accelerate time-to-market. IAR Systems has offices in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. Please visit the IAR Systems Web site at http://www.iar.com/.

ARM and ARM Powered are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. IAR Embedded Workbench, IAR C-SPY, IAR MakeApp, IAR visualSTATE and IAR PreQual are trademarks owned by IAR Systems. The BLUETOOTH trademarks are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.,U.S.A. and licensed to IAR Systems AB. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. “ThreadX is a registered trademark of Express Logic, Inc. NetX, FileX, preemption-threshold, picokernel, UDP fast path technology, are trademarks of Express Logic, Inc.

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