SPIDCOM Selects OSE RTOS for Flexible Powerline Development

3/31/2004 - Enea Embedded Technology, a leading provider of operating system solutions for the communications market, announced that SPIDCOM Technologies has chosen the OSE real-time operating system for the development of their new powerline communications technology FLIP (Flexible Powerline). This new technology enables high-speed, low-cost Internet access over medium and low voltage, and home networking (high definition video and sound, data transfer, VoIP) via 220V/110V power lines.

FLIP Technology targets the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) market segments for Internet access and multimedia. Included in network nodes (such as head ends, repeaters, or home gateways), FLIP provides Internet or voice services to end customers via standard powerlines. It also addresses home entertainment electronics for audio and video streaming, such as home cinemas, video gaming or home networking. FLIP offers highly integrated digital processing and a data rate of 224 Mbps. It represents a cost-effective solution with a low cost analog front end. FLIP features seven independent sub-bands for various services and applications, and a fully configurable OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) technique for managing bands and carriers.

FLIP technology has been developed on a specific single platform that integrates the ALTERA Excalibur, high-density FPGA with ARM 922T embedded, two XILINX Virtex2 4000 for digital signal processing prototyping, and the high-reliability OSE RTOS on the Excalibur platform. This open architecture allows OEMs to quickly develop and tune the best powerline solutions.

The OSE RTOS delivers the excellent software performance that FLIP requires. It manages the real-time processes and adds additional software features, such as a TCP/IP stack, that are needed for fast integration into IP networks. SPIDCOM based its selection of an operating system on several criteria, including availability, simplicity and cost efficiency. OSE met all these criteria and was considered the best solution for ease of use and time-to-market. OSE is excellently suited for high-level communications applications; it features very high performance and an efficient and easy-to-use API (application programming interface). Thanks to OSE’s simple RTOS concepts, it allows quick development, which substantially reduces development time and costs.

“OSE on Altera’s ARM-based Excalibur platform has ensured the best time-to-market for our development,” said Etienne Chevreau, technical manager at SPIDCOM Technologies. “The OSE programming model is the easiest we have ever seen,“ he added.

“We are proud to participate in this project, because it presents a true challenge for embedded development. The RTOS and TCP/IP stack had to be integrated on a SoC that handles complex functions,” explained Gilles Richard, general manager of Enea Embedded Technology, France. “This requires a very compact footprint and a quick data process to enable the end-user to have access to the transmission of voice, data and video on a standard powerline at home.”

At present, SPIDCOM Technologies provides two FLIP products for OEMs: The SPiDChip 200 integrated power-line physical layer processor incorporates digital signal processing, an embedded ARM processor, standard interfaces and other components. The SPiDKit 200 Development Kit is a complete modular hardware and software bundle for building prototype applications, setting up field tests and performing feasibility demonstrations.

About SPIDCOM Technologies
SPIDCOM Technologies is an ELSYS Design spin-off. Founded in 2002, SPIDCOM Technologies is now a leading innovator in powerline communication solutions, delivering breakthrough speed and performance to OEMs for a competitive advantage in advanced networking and access appliances. SPIDCOM is based in Paris, France, and operates as a fabless semiconductor company that develops, manufactures and distributes IC products and modules. A highly skilled development team supports those solutions with complete reference design information, development, and evaluation tools. Based on a patented signal-processing algorithm, SPIDCOM’s solution is currently the world’s fastest PLC solution. For more information on SPIDCOM, please visit www.spidcom.com.

About ELSYS Design
ELSYS Design’s mission is to assist other companies in the design of electronic systems. It was founded independently of industrial and financial groups. The company’s unique positioning – which is based on a combination of electronic design and systems expertise – enables it to provide genuine know-how to its customers. Basing its relationships on confidence and on a long-term perspective, ELSYS Design establishes partnerships and adapts solutions to the needs of its customers. For more information on ELSYS Design, please visit www.elsys-design.com.

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 applications. 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), 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. www.ose.com

SPiDKit 200
SPiDKit 200 Development Kit for powerline communication. The OSE RTOS and TCP/IP stack were integrated on a SoC, offering a very compact footprint and a quick data process.

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