Wind River Enhances Product Support for Hitachi's Popular SuperH Processor Family
ALAMEDA, Calif., Sep. 24, 2001 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), a leading provider of software and services for connected smart devices, today announced availability of Wind River's Tornado® II integrated development environment (IDE), market-leading VxWorks® real-time operating system (RTOS), and additional development components for Hitachi, Ltd.'s SuperH® architecture. This product release - made possible through Wind River and Hitachi's collaboration under the Center of Excellence program - targets automotive, industrial, network communications, digital consumer and other market segments that the SuperH family is well suited for.
Wind River's Hitachi Center of Excellence program combines engineering and marketing resources of the two companies to facilitate porting, optimization and distribution of Wind River's embedded software for Hitachi processors. The combined effort has resulted in a tightly integrated software offering from Wind River that takes advantage of advanced features of Hitachi's SuperH processor family.
"Wind River's software and hardware components have always shared key design wins with Hitachi in such areas as digital consumer electronics, data communications equipment, and car infotainment systems," said David Sheaffer, senior director of business development and marketing of Wind River's Platform business unit. "By working closely with Hitachi from planning to delivery, our joint Center of Excellence development team was able to deliver a wide variety of development tools, integrated and optimized for the entire SuperH family."
"In the automotive arena, innovative new features and rapid development cycles for our car infotainment and telematics products can mean the difference between being designed into a product line of millions of cars or simply standing on the sideline," said Giuseppe Cotignoli, director of engineering, Magneti Marelli Electronic Systems. "We looked to Wind River's VxWorks embedded operating system to keep us ahead of the competition, enabling us to develop systems such as the in-car telematic unit found in the Alfa Romeo 147."
The Tornado II IDE for the SuperH offers the optimized GNU compiler, VxWorks RTOS, and comprehensive support for a wide variety of SH-2, SH2-DSP, SH-3, SH3-DSP, and SH-4 based reference designs from Hitachi's worldwide semiconductor operations. This includes the Solution Engine™ platform targeted at digital consumer electronics, Hardware Architecture Reference Platform (HARP) focused on data communications, and SystemH™ platform for car infotainment. In addition, comprehensive software driver support is available for peripherals incorporated into Hitachi's "AMANDA" car infotainment co-processor chipset.
Innovative Wind River host development tools are also available for the SuperH architecture including WindView®, StethoScope™, and CodeTEST™, enabling developers to test and debug system-level issues. A wide array of runtime software components are also available including Wind River's USB Developers Kit, BlueThunder™ Bluetooth connectivity, WindML™ 2.0 graphics library, the Personal JWorks™ 3.1 Java® virtual machine, TrueFFS® for Tornado file system, Wind Web Server™, and WindNet™ simple network management protocol implementation. Class-leading hardware bring-up and on-chip debug tools supporting the Hitachi SH-3 and SH-4 processor families, including the visionPROBE on-chip debugger, are also available and allow customers to start hardware debug and driver development early in the development cycle.
"Our combined approach at product development gives our customers access to the latest and widest array of technology from Wind River running on our class-leading SuperH microprocessors and reference platforms, from the day the chip is first available," said Tadahiko Sugawara, department manager, Embedded System Solution dept., Semiconductor & Integrated Circuits at Hitachi, Ltd. "We have partnered to extend both companies´ leads in the area of connected smart devices such as digital AV receivers, car navigation systems, and SOHO broadband gateways. Now customers building these innovative new products will be productive from day one of development, enabling them to shorten their time to product launch as well as ensure a long successful product lifespan."
All Wind River products mentioned are available immediately.
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