Abacus Polar Makes Embedded Solution Reliable and Easier to Use

11/9/2005 - Abacus Polar is introducing a range of products for embedded devices including industry-leading file system software. The new solutions follow the signing of a distribution agreement with HCC-Embedded, and complement existing embedded solutions from Abacus. These range from microcontrollers and DSP devices, through memories and development tools to complete systems based on Microsoft Windows CE and XP Embedded.

The HCC portfolio comprises several families of file system targeted on standard NOR devices, serial Flash and RAM drives, through microcontrollers with embedded Flash, to PC-compatible cards in compact Flash, MMC and Secure Digital formats. In addition there is software enabling MCUs to be mounted as pen drives on a standard PC.

EFFS-TINY is a fail-safe file system designed for Flash devices that have small erasable sectors, and hence demand a small ROM footprint and tiny usage of RAM. It is ideal for most standard serial Flash parts, RAM drives, and especially microcontrollers such as the MSP430, which feature Flash that is both erasable in small sectors and is application programmable. Using EFFS-TINY allows new possibilities such as storing configuration data as standard .ini or .txt files; or simply being able to drop new .wav files to the microcontroller. The file system eliminates the need to worry about Flash layout and fragmentation issues.

Other file system products in the EFFS family include EFFS-STD a fully featured embedded Flash file system for standard flash chips (NOR and NAND) integrated in an embedded design. EFFS-FAT is HCC's FAT12/16/32 file system for use in embedded devices that require access to PC compatible media: for example, Compact Flash Cards, MultiMediaCards and Secure Digital Cards.

A scalable and highly optimised version of EFFS-FAT, designated EFFS-THIN, offers a smaller footprint and memory usage, making it suitable for 8051 micros or any 8 or 16 bit application with limited resources.

Complementing the EFFS-TINY and EFFS-THIN file systems, HCC's uCDrive software allows MCUs to appear as pen drives on a PC through a simple serial port connection. A simple 3-wire connection can be used to enable a PC manage configuration, diagnostic, data logging and field upgrade functions in a safe and reliable way.

These are all supplied royalty free and with full source C source code. They also come with detailed implementation guide, six month's technical support and one year of free upgrades.

Development tools and evaluation kits have also been developed via partnerships with a broad range of hardware and software vendors including Altera, Lynuxworks, Motorola and TI. All are available from Abacus Polar.

About Abacus Polar
Abacus Polar is one of the UKs leading broadline distributors of electronic components, with a portfolio of over 60 semiconductor, electromechanical and passive franchises. Its unique structure of local offices allows Abacus Polar to offer a high level of service to its customers, which is complemented by company-wide technical design support, logistics and electromechanical assembly services.

About Abacus Group plc
Abacus Group plc is a leading regional distributor of electronic components and value added systems in Europe, with directly owned companies having locations in every major European electronics market.

Abacus is structured as two business divisions, Abacus ECD which encompasses component distribution activities, and Abacus MFG, offering value added services. Abacus ECD has a portfolio of over 60 franchises within five trading companies: Abacus Polar, Micromark C&CD, TDC, Promax and ECC. Abacus MFG offers standard and customised displays, manufacture of display peripherals, box build and electromechanical sub contract manufacture, under three trading companies: Trident, CTL and CCS. It also encompasses Dubilier, its own brand offering passives, emech components and batteries.

Abacus Express South, Cherrycourt Way, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 4YY
Tel: +44 (0) 1525 858000, Fax: +44 (0) 1525 858101
Email: techsupport@abacus.co.uk

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