OSE Systems, Metrowerks Support PowerQUICC with RTOS, CodeWarrior

6/5/2003 - OSE Systems and Metrowerks are together bringing a best-of-class real-time operating system and software development environment to PowerQUICC III systems. The OSE RTOS and Illuminator system-level debug tools, together with Metrowerks’ CodeWarriorTM Development Studio, PowerQUICC III Edition, offer an ideal platform for developing and deploying applications based on the PowerQUICC architecture for high-availability networking and communications systems.

Metrowerks plans to demonstrate the CodeWarrior development studio at Motorola’s Smart Networks Developers Forum in Paris by debugging an OSE application running on a Motorola PowerQUICC III instruction set simulator (the Motorola 8540 Platform Simulator). The CodeWarrior product, hosted under Windows® and SolarisTM, is scheduled to be available for OSE running on PowerQUICC III processors in Q4 of this year, and for other members of the family of Motorola embedded PowerPC processors soon thereafter. Metrowerks is in the process of adding OSE support for its CodeTESTTM Software Analysis Tool, which offers real-time code profile, trace, and code coverage. Metrowerks also expects to support the OSE Softkernel simulator, which is designed to enable designers to develop OSE-based PowerQUICC III and embedded PowerPC ISA applications in Windows or Solaris operating systems in advance of hardware availability.

“CodeWarrior is a premier development environment,” said Christophe Ballan, executive vice president marketing of OSE Systems. “We are very pleased that Metrowerks has committed to provide development support for our high-availability operating system, and look forward to working with them to provide the industry’s most comprehensive platform for developing and deploying PowerQUICC III and embedded PowerPC ISA applications.”

“OSE provides an excellent platform for developing high-availability applications for networking and communications systems,” said David Clifton, marketing vice president of Metrowerks. “We are committed to combining our best-of-class development tools with OSE to create an integrated development and target platform optimized for PowerQUICC III and embedded PowerPC systems.”

The CodeWarrior development studio is engineered to address the PowerQUICC III software development cycle, from hardware evaluation, board bring-up, and OSE kernel adaptation, to application development, project management, RTOS-aware source-level debugging and code coverage. Available for a full line of Motorola communication and host processors, the CodeWarrior development studio includes a powerful JTAG emulation probe (PowerTAPTM PRO) including flash and trace support that greatly simplifies board bring up and debug.

OSE Illuminator, tightly integrated with the CodeWarrior development studio, is 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 (such as context switches and message passing between processes). Illuminator’s zoomable system browser provides a graphical view of all processes and process information running on the PowerQUICC III processor, and profiling capabilities that make it easy to monitor and fine-tune memory usage.

The memory-protected OSE RTOS is optimized for high-availability, high-reliability distributed communications systems. Utilizing the PowerQUICC III processor’s hardware memory management facilities, OSE provides a firewall that enhances reliability and availability by preventing kernel and application processes from corrupting each other. OSE provides a flexible, message-based communications framework that makes it easy to build distributed PowerQUICC processor-based networks using the processor’s RapidIOTM switch fabric interconnect. OSE also features a complete networking solution that includes TCP/IP and other networking/security protocols, as well as dynamic download, which enhances flexibility by enabling new applications to be downloaded to systems as they operate in the field.

About Metrowerks
Metrowerks creates CodeWarrior software and hardware products and services for developers, with a particular focus on the following industries: consumer electronics; transportation; wireless; and networking and communications. The CodeWarrior product line includes hardware and software development tools and middleware that enable customers to decrease their time to market. The company also offers services, including training and custom software development. Founded in 1985, Metrowerks is today an independently operating subsidiary of Motorola, Inc. Metrowerks corporate headquarters are in Austin, Texas; Metrowerks Europe is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland; and Metrowerks Japan is headquartered in Tokyo. More information is available from www.metrowerks.com.

About OSE Systems
OSE Systems is a leading provider of real-time operating systems, development tools and services for safety-critical, high-availability, and fault-tolerant applications used in distributed communications, avionics, medical, automotive and industrial control systems. OSE is a subsidiary of Enea Data (SAXESS: ENEA), based in Stockholm Sweden. Employing nearly 600 people worldwide, OSE provides product, 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 OSE, please visit www.ose.com.

PowerQUICC III processors are based on the PowerPC core. The “PowerPC name is a trademark of IBM Corp. and used under license from IBM Corp. OSE is a registered trademark of Enea Embedded Technology. MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. The "PowerPC" name is the trademark of IBM Corp. and used under license from IBM Corp.

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