Wind River, Tektronix Integrate Logic Analyzer Trace System with On-Chip Debug Solution
ALAMEDA, Calif., April 2, 2001 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), a leading provider of software and services for smart connected devices, today announced an alliance with Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leader in the development of logic analysis systems for the embedded market, whereby the two companies will provide seamless integration of Tektronix TLA Series logic analyzers with Wind River's visionICE and visionPROBE on-chip debug solutions. The integration allows embedded developers to use visionICE and visionPROBE in conjunction with Tektronix high-performance logic analyzers to retrieve, or "trace" data from the target microprocessor, providing real-time data analysis of the embedded application. The alliance is part of Wind River's strategy to provide complete, end-to-end development solutions that enable customers to bring complex embedded applications to market as quickly as possible.
Wind River has integrated its on-chip debug solutions with TektronixÂ´ TLA600 and TLA700 Series of logic analyzers to enable software engineers to capture real-time trace that can be displayed through a single, convenient Wind River graphical user interface (GUI). Developers can use visionICE / visionPROBE to control the Tektronix logic analyzer as well as the target system, with all data acquired from the system transmitted to a single Wind River GUI.
According to a recent market study, over 50 percent of embedded developers responding to the survey had used a logic analyzer in the last 12 months and 42 percent of those developers had used a Tektronix logic analyzer. Embedded developers use real-time trace to locate and fix hard-to-find bugs that often occur when bringing up complex hardware and integrating software with custom hardware. Because the processing power and speeds of today's modern microprocessors have increased so dramatically, common debug tools are often unable to retrieve accurate real-time trace information. Tektronix logic analysis systems allow hardware engineers to acquire real-time digital, analog and software data with even the fastest microprocessors.
"By partnering with an industry leader such as Wind River, Tektronix enables its customers to shorten their development cycles and overcome time-to-market challenges when developing next-generation embedded systems architectures," said Craig Overhage, vice president, Digital Systems Business Unit, Tektronix, Inc. "Tektronix provides embedded developers complete unmatched visibility and analysis of their development system that includes correlated source code to real-time software execution. The TLA Series logic analyzer's Windows 2000 PC platform running visionICE and visionPROBE provides a powerful, compact development system for rapid debugging and verification of embedded system designs."
"The real-time nature of embedded systems requires the visibility offered by logic analyzers," said Peter Dawson, vice president and general manager of Wind River's Hardware / Software Integration business unit. "The challenge though, has been presenting the data acquired by the analyzer in a format familiar to software engineers. By Integrating TektronixÂ´ high-performance logic analysis systems with Wind River's visionICE / visionPROBE debug systems, developers can now correlate system activity with their source code and more quickly isolate real-time bugs in a system, significantly shortening the time required to get a stable product design to market."
In addition to displaying real-time trace in the Wind River trace window (LA TRACE), powerful cross triggering between visionICE / visionPROBE and the Tektronix logic analyzer enables the developer to trace up to a breakpoint or stop the target when a real-time event is captured. Once the real-time trace data is acquired from the target system, developers can use the visionICE / visionPROBE development tools to test and debug the application with hardware diagnostics and software tests.
Advanced features of the LA TRACE window include the ability to display trace in raw code machine, source code or mixed mode (displays machine and source), and search capabilities within the trace acquisition to search for specific function execution, variable access, specific code addresses, or data values. Trace can also be filtered to select which function to display and acquisition of multiple traces in a single window is supported.
visionPROBE and visionICE are fully integrated with Wind River's VxWorks® real-time operating system and the Tornado® integrated development environment, providing a complete end-to-end development platform. The tools are also members of Wind River's "stand-alone" class of development tools, and thus may be used regardless of the customer's RTOS.
LA TRACE is a component of the GUI portion of Wind River's visionICE / visionPROBE tool suites and will be part of the product's standard distribution package at no additional charge. LA TRACE is currently in beta supporting the PowerPC™ microprocessor family, with additional architectures to be added throughout 2001. The product will be fully available early this summer. The integrated technology will be featured by Tektronix at the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference being held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA, April 10-12. For more information on Wind River's market-leading development tools, contact your local Wind River salesperson.
About the Tektronix TLA Family of Logic Analyzers
The Tektronix TLA family of logic analyzers consists of the TLA600 Series and the TLA700 Series. The TLA600 offers a selection of standalone logic analyzer instruments at prices that make 500 picosecond (ps) timing resolution available to designers of today's mainstream embedded systems. The TLA700 Series offers the highest performance for today's demanding applications and consists of portable and benchtop modular mainframes with expansion mainframe capability. Instrument modules include logic analyzer, pattern generator and digitizing oscilloscope. A full line of complementary support products for popular processors and buses is available for the entire TLA family.
About Wind River
Wind River is a worldwide leader in embedded software. Wind River provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, digital consumer electronics, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial automation and control, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is HOW SMART THINGS THINK. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations in sixteen countries worldwide.
Wind River Systems, the Wind River Systems logo, VxWorks, and Tornado are registered trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc. Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. Other names are registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective companies or organizations.
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