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Complete software dev system from Green Hills available for Intrinsity's 2 GHz embedded processors.

Intrinsity, Inc., the high-performance leader in embedded microprocessors, recently announced availability of Green Hills Software's MULTI Integrated Development Environment (IDE), providing FastMATH and FastMIPS customers with an easy-to-use, complete software development environment. Supported by Green Hills Software's worldwide organization, this industry-leading tool chain includes optimized code generation and debug support for both the FastMATH and FastMIPS devices that Intrinsity has recently demonstrated to run at 2 GHz speeds.

"The MULTI IDE has emerged as a premier embedded development environment for MIPS RISC processors," said Paul Nixon, CEO and president of Intrinsity. "Customers require a comprehensive, user-friendly development environment to take advantage of the performance of the FastMATH Adaptive Signal Processor device, replacing difficult-to-program FPGAs in real-time signal processing applications. Green Hills has delivered an exceptionally robust product that enables our customers to reduce their dependence on large FPGAs or ASICs and quickly get to market with a software-programmable solution."

The MULTI IDE, together with Green Hills Software's optimizing compilers, provides software developers with an integrated, graphically-organized environment for developing and debugging software for Intrinsity processors. Developers benefit from the window-oriented editor, source-level debugger, graphical-program builder and run-time error checker. MULTI also includes a version control system, performance profiler, code overage analysis and remote target connection.

For code generation, the optimizing compiler from Green Hills allows generation of FastMATH assembly code from standard C/C++ programs. The tool chain also includes high-level intrinsic instructions to support mixed scalar, vector and matrix operations. The complete code generation and debug tool chain operates under Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems.

To support target system debugging, the MULTI debugger provides full visibility into register files for the tightly-coupled matrix unit and MIPS core. Host-to-target connectivity is supported through a variety of means and includes the Green Hills Probe's JTAG support for multiple targets (including Intrinsity's evaluation board). A cycle-accurate simulator developed by Intrinsity is built into the MULTI tool set to enable software development and debug independent of actual target hardware.

"MULTI, for the FastMATH and FastMIPS processors, delivers the highest-performance code for computationally-demanding embedded applications," said John Carbone, vice president of marketing for Green Hills. "We are extremely pleased to offer customers the incredible time-to-market benefits of the MULTI IDE on the only 2 GHz embedded processors available."

"A key component to an industry standard architecture is the broad ecosystem of support that is provided by leading tools and software vendors, giving design engineers a greater time-to-market opportunity. Over the past year, MIPS Technologies has worked closely with Green Hills Software on an optimized, end-to-end tool chain in order to provide our licensees with best-in-class development environments. We are very pleased to see this coupling of 2 GHz MIPS processor performance from Intrinsity with a MIPS32 optimized tool chain from Green Hills Software resulting in an application solution which can be quickly brought to market," said Kevin Meyer, vice president of marketing for MIPS Technologies.

Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software Inc. is the technology leader for real-time operating systems and software development tools for embedded systems. Green Hills Software's royalty-free INTEGRITY and ThreadX real-time operating systems, fully integrated with its market leading compilers and MULTI Integrated Development Environment, provide a total development and run-time solution that addresses both deeply embedded and maximum-reliability applications.

Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom.

Intrinsity, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company enabling the creation of more powerful, real-time and intelligent embedded systems. Founded in May 1997 with headquarters in Austin, Texas, and offices in Boston, England, and Japan, Intrinsity has introduced 2 GHz processors for embedded markets with the programmable performance needed to replace expensive hardware with flexible software.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
Date:Jan 6, 2003
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