4/27/2004 - McObject® has announced the Final Beta release of eXtremeWSTM, its embeddable HTTP server for intelligent, connected devices. With a footprint of less than 30K, low CPU consumption and support for devices without a disk or file system, eXtremeWS extends the benefits of Web browser-based access to a wide range of embedded systems including industrial controllers, communications gear, consumer electronics and other highly resource-constrained devices.
In addition, eXtremeWS is tightly integrated with McObject’s eXtremeDBTM in-memory embedded database, providing a unique environment for implementing a complete data management solution for intelligent devices.
“Browser-based access is supplanting dumb terminals, front panels and other proprietary client software for monitoring and controlling embedded applications,” McObject CEO Steve Graves said. “Integrating a Web server with the device almost eliminates the need for target programming to support operator interfaces, provides a ubiquitous client and eliminates the need to port device management software from one desktop platform to another.”
When choosing an embeddable Web server, developers seek performance, configurability and simplified integration, Graves said. McObject built eXtremeWS with a rich set of capabilities for embedded systems Web-enablement, including:
eXtremeWS is implemented as a library archive and delivered with complete source code. Source code helps if the Web server must be integrated into existing code or its event loop should be accessible. When building eXtremeWS, the developer decides whether to include many features, providing further control over footprint. Optional features include reporting, sessions support, debug capabilities, in-process CGI, basic authorizations and templates.
Web-based device management is quickly becoming standard across embedded systems market segments. Benefits include separation of embedded software from user interface code and the ability to use of markups to control device internal parameters and on-device data management.
The eXtremeWS package includes several reference designs that demonstrate how the Web server can communicate with remote devices running eXtremeDB-based applications. These designs include an electronic programming guide for digital television, automatic weather station, preventive maintenance monitoring system, and high-availability device management.
Developers interested in receiving a copy of eXtremeWS Final Beta, including reference applications, are requested to complete the beta program application form at http://www.mcobject.com/beta.shtml.
Founded by embedded database and real-time systems experts, McObject offers proven data management technology that makes intelligent devices smarter, more reliable and more cost-effective to develop and maintain. McObject counts among its customers industry leaders such as DaimlerChrysler, Tyco Thermal Controls, Genesis Microchip and Boeing. McObject, based in Issaquah, WA, is committed to providing innovative technology and first rate services to customers and partners. The company can be reached at +1-425-831-5964, or visit www.mcobject.com.
McObject is a registered trademark and eXtremeDB and eXtremeWS are trademarks of McObject LLC.
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