Metrowerks Supports Motorola’s PowerQUICC III Processors with BSP

9/29/2003 - Developers can now leverage the strength of embedded Linux operating systems in a high-performance communications processor environment with the introduction of the Metrowerks Board Support Package (BSP) for Motorola Inc.’s (NYSE: MOT) PowerQUICC III processors.

The Metrowerks BSP is designed to provide the technology required to create embedded Linux applications powered by PowerQUICC III processors, enabling developers to quickly create and bring to market high quality, Linux-based products targeting networking and communications markets.

The Metrowerks BSP is tested and certified, helping to ensure a fully operational solution that is ready to use within a fixed configuration for specific hardware reference platforms. It is designed to provide a foundation for rapid development by including an embedded Linux kernel, a comprehensive GNU debugger and toolchain, a runtime environment, as well as a complete set of extensive device drivers and libraries for PowerQUICC III processors.

The BSP is fully optimized to work with Metrowerks’ Platform Creation Suite, a Linux management tool that eases the customization of the Linux operating system for embedded devices, including Linux OS configuration, build, extension, and deployment tasks.

“The newest Metrowerks BSP helps our PowerQUICC III customers quickly deliver Linux-based communications technologies to market, and demonstrates Motorola’s leadership in providing world-class development solutions for PowerQUICC III architectures,” said David Perkins, general manager, Networking & Computing Systems Group for Motorola.

According to Berardino Baratta, vice president, Linux Solutions Group for Metrowerks, the offering reflects Metrowerks’ commitment to embedded Linux markets. “Increasing the availability of no-cost, off-the-shelf development resources that work with world-class processors like the PowerQUICC III products is key to establishing critical mass for embedded Linux,” said Baratta. “By teaming with top processor vendors and addressing embedded Linux markets with an integrated solutions approach, Metrowerks makes it easy for developers to quickly build and bring to market high quality Linux-based devices.”

About the PowerQUICC III Processor Family
Motorola’s next-generation PowerQUICC III processors are based on an innovative system-on-chip (SoC) architecture that features an array of leading industry standards and advanced Motorola technologies. Key features include a high-performance Book E PowerPC e500TM processor core, a 256KB on-chip L2 cache memory array, an enhanced Communications Processor Module (CPM), RapidIOTM interconnect technology, dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, and support for Double Data Rate SDRAM (DDR SDRAM) and PCI/PCI-X. PowerQUICC III processors are sampling now to alpha customers, and are planned to be available for general sampling in Q4 of 2003. For technical details, visit

The Metrowerks Board Support Package for Motorola’s PowerQUICC III processors is now available for Motorola PowerQUICC III customers. For more information, contact Metrowerks by telephone at 800-377-5416 or +1-512-996-5300, or by e-mail at

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

About Motorola, Inc.
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2002 were $27.3 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important technologies that make things smarter and life better for people, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit:

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