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Atollic continues to lead Embedded Development Tools innovation with the release of the TrueSTUDIO® Premium edition! Built on the well-established TrueSTUDIO Pro, the world’s most powerful IDE for embedded C/C++ development, the Premium edition extends the tool’s capabilities even further to include Code Testing and Test Quality measurement features as standard!



The brand new TrueSTUDIO Premium edition unites TrueSTUDIO Pro with the Atollic TrueVERIFIER® unit testing tool and the Atollic TrueANALYZER® MC/DC-level code coverage analysis tool in a single seamless and smoothly integrated package, thus creating the world’s first embedded C/C++ compiler and debugger IDE with built-in testing capabilities as standard. The TrueSTUDIO Premium edition is designed to help embedded systems developers to achieve two important but often mutually exclusive goals – achieving higher software quality, while at the same time, meeting ever increased time-to-market requirements for product releases.

Unit Testing, using either white-box testing, black-box testing or Test Driven Development (TDD) is a proven way to reduce software bugs and enhance code quality and reliability. However, it is also a time consuming and error prone process to build up and tear down test scaffolds, generate unit test vectors, execute the tests themselves, and compile and collate the results. TrueSTUDIO Premium edition includes the TrueVERIFIER unit testing tool, and automates much of this process while at the same time preserving flexibility for adapting unit tests to specific requirements. The tool analyses the source code, auto-generates test suites, builds the application with a test scaffold, downloads, and executes on the target board. Test results and achieved test coverage is then uploaded to the host for easy visualization in the IDE. This radically improves the efficiency and reliability of unit test implementation, execution and interpretation and archiving of test results and saving time.

The TrueANALYZER integration into TrueSTUDIO Premium edition vastly simplifies rigorous test quality measurement. TrueANALYZER is designed to answer a fundamental question that all software developers face during system tests: how do you know that the test procedures have exercised all possible paths of execution through the code? This is critically important to know, as untested paths may well contain one or more of those “million dollar” bugs that compromise both software quality and the company’s bottom line and reputation. TrueSTUDIO Premium edition measures the quality of the system tests up to the highly rigorous MC/DC (modified condition/decision coverage) level. It thus improves confidence in code reliability and robustness, as well as highlighting inadequately tested parts of the software. Atollic TrueSTUDIO Premium edition not only displays the achieved test quality, but also quantifies where in the code, and why, the test coverage did or did not improve. These data enable easy debugging and improvement of testing protocols!

Atollic TrueSTUDIO Premium edition inherits all the powerful features of Atollic TrueSTUDIO Pro, including parallel compilation, RTOS aware debugger with a built-in crash analyzer, multicore and multiprocessor debugging, event and instruction tracing, as well as target support for over 2000 ARM® devices from leading semiconductor manufacturers.

The polished and professional integration of TrueVERIFIER and TrueANALYZER into TrueSTUDIO means that embedded software developers have a consistent user interface that greatly simplifies routine tasks, and significantly extends the power of the IDE into previously unrealised areas. For the first time, a developer can not only design, implement, and debug code, but can execute rigorous testing and test evaluation protocols with unprecedented speed, simplicity and accuracy.

For more information on Atollic tools, see: www.atollic.com.



testIDEA: RealTime-UnitTest from iSYSTEM

testIDEA deals with the smallest testable parts of an application, which is usually a function. It's greatest value is in early detection of problems, because finding the error in the integrated module is much more complicated than finding the same error in an isolated unit. Furthermore, fixing small problems every few hours takes less time than fixing huge problems just before the deadline.  

To perform Embedded Software Tests, iSYSTEM provides testIDEA. It expands iSYSTEM’s debug and trace tools for software development (which encloses the complete iSYSTEM Blue Box hardware) and allows the execution of test cases and test vectors on the real customer hardware without code instrumentation – other tools usually instrument the code.

Primarily testIDEA is a free and open programming interface (API) that is completely integrated in winIDEA. With that API set one can write test applications/cases but also auto­mati­cally execute them on customer’s hardware connected by iSYSTEM tools. Test applica­tions, test cases and the accordant test reports can be written in many different programming and scripting languages (Python, Java, C/C++, C#, Perl, TCL…).

testIDEA also includes an interactive editor for generating test cases and test reports that can be directly called from winIDEA. With that GUI test cases can be created without any programming know-how. testIDEA stores the test cases as YAML (YAML Ain‘t Markup Language) files which is a description language similar to XML, but easier to read and to process in other languages. E.g. YAML files can be included in Python exactly as they are and therefore they are reusable in an executable mode.

testIDEA is used within the familiar development environment directly at the developer’s workplace. A developer can accomplish unit tests (tests on the smallest, testable entity) in their different variants like Black Box (function code is unknown) and White Box (function code is known, code coverage) test.

The major advantage of non-instrumented unit tests is the fast turn-around-time because the tests can run without compilation, linking and download. In addition no test drivers are needed and therefore no additional resources are used on the target system. Functions like tracing, profiling and code coverage analysis can be integrated into the test cases. This expands the operation area of iSYSTEM test technology from unit testing to integration and system testing.

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Unicoi Systems Announces IPv6 Support for InstaVoIP Modules

Unicoi Systems, Inc. (Unicoi), a leading provider of high quality VoIP solutions to the embedded device market, have announced that their InstaVoIP 516-CN and 516-POE hardware modules now support next generation IPv6 networks. The InstaVoIP Module family is a hardware/software solution designed to help expand or produce new products using Unicoi’s industry leading VoIP technology.

Both the InstaVoIP 516-CN and the 516-POE module are industrial temperature rated with 4 Mbytes of flash and 16 Mbytes of SDRAM, providing plenty of room for application specific features. Support for 48 KHz capable stereo audio codec is provided as well. The InstaVoIP 516-POE module is essentially a full-duplex speaker phone board, complete with Power over Ethernet (PoE), a 4 Ohm speaker driver, and an on-board driver for door latches and other devices (supporting up to 12V/24V and 2A or a 5V Relay). The InstaVoIP 516-CN module is a connector-based board designed to be incorporated into existing designs or to be used as the basis for custom VoIP related products.

Greg Coonley, CEO and founder of Unicoi Systems, said, “With more than 50 companies relying on our InstaVoIP modules for their VoIP related products, we felt that adding IPv6 support was essential. The latest version of our InstaVoIP SDK will provide our customers with the comfort of knowing that their products are ready for deployment on next-generation networks.”

Software for the InstaVoIP 516-CN and 516-POE module is available in two varieties: a combination object code and ANSI C source code release, or a full ANSI C source code release. The InstaVoIP object code software requires no upfront licensing fee, essentially eliminating the barrier of entry for creating VoIP-enabled products. Sample applications using the InstaVoIP module include IP Speaker Phones, IP Door Entry/Call Boxes, IP Intercom Systems, IP Emergency Phones, IP Speakers, IP Parking Garage Entry, RoIP (Radio over IP) Gateways,

Unicoi Networking Product page


Performance Enhancements Make Fusion Stack Unparalleled

Unicoi Systems has proudly announced release of their Fusion TCP/IPv4/IPv6 Dual Mode Stack version 8.6. This release was motivated by the drive to increase Unicoiís performance lead over lagging, less adaptive solutions from 'Gold Rush Era' competitors. Now, the most trusted embedded TCP/IP stack in the industry is even faster.

"Despite the recession, Unicoi Systems is still experiencing growth due to demand for an inexpensive, highly portable TCP/IP stack that exceeds the performance limitations of larger, less portable solutions from entrenched real time OS vendors. In keeping with our overall product strategy of ultimately finding ourselves only competing with our own incumbent solutions for top seed performance benchmarks, Unicoi offers an alternative to single source options with outdated IP and bloated pricing models from the 1990s", says Greg Coonley, CEO of Unicoi Systems.

Noteworthy performance gains in TCP transmit and receive are the results of many man-months of effort by Unicoiís highly experienced engineering team. Fusion TCP/IPv4/IPv6 8.6 boasts TCP transmit performance that averages 25% higher than previous versions with peaks in excess of 40%, depending on the transmit buffer size. On average, the TCP receive performance is improved by 20% over Fusion TCP/IPv4/IPv6 version 8.5 with peaks at over 30%, depending on the size of the receive buffer size.

To run faster, the Fusion stack has to run smarter, which is why several new features are part of version 8.6. A new socket option is provided for tuning TCP performance by allowing the TCP ACK strategy to adapt to the saturation of the socket receive buffer. Also, a new set of driver API functions allow developers to create a pool of reusable message buffers for receiving packets from the network. Additional changes in the core stack allow drivers to pass packets received from the network to the stack where the actual packet data is contained in a buffer allocated from a different memory space than the Fusion stack's own heap.

Unicoi Networking Product page


SCIOPTA's IEC61508 SIL3 Safety Real-Time Operating System for ARM is certified by TUV

SCIOPTA Systems AG has announced the immediate availability of the SCIOPTA Real-Time Operating System certified to IEC61508/EN50128 by TUV Munich for the ARM7/9 and XScale Microprocessors to be used in safety related systems up to SIL3.
The SCIOPTA ARM IEC61508-P3 Safety Kernel is written in highly optimized assembler and specifically tuned for the ARM microprocessors. This results in a very high performance and a low memory footprint
The SCIOPTA ARM IEC61508-P3 Safety Kernel has been developed according to: risk level SIL3 (IEC61508-3) and SIL3/4 (EN50128). It has been tested by TUV according to: IEC 61508-1, IEC 61508-3, IEC61508-4 and EN 50128. The SCIOPTA ARM IEC61508-P3 delivery contains the Certificate, the Certfication Report of Functional Safety and the Safety Manual, which provides guidance on how to safely use SCIOPTA. SCIOPTA is royalty free and is certified to be used with the IAR ARM C Compiler, IAR ARM Assembler and IAR ARM Linker
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Unicoi Systems Releases Fusion Embedded™ SIP 5.2

Support for OPTION Server Authentication and Customized SIP Headers

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – October 27, 2010 – Unicoi Systems (Unicoi) is proud to announce the release of Fusion Embedded SIP version 5.2. With this release, Fusion Embedded SIP provides support for the OPTION server authentication method, along with API updates to accommodate customized SIP headers.

“Providing developers with a more efficient way to build voice applications continues to be one of Unicoi’s primary objectives. Fusion Embedded SIP 5.2 is the latest manifestation of our commitment to VoIP developers,” said Greg Coonley, Unicoi’s Chief Executive Officer.

The code improvements to Fusion Embedded SIP 5.2 render a more adaptable development option.  The API supports custom headers, which enables a broader range of RFCs. Support for server authentication is included, via the OPTIONS request, which provides feedback on external SIP devices. This latest version of Unicoi’s SIP solution also uses smarter request routing to provide better connectivity to distributed SIP domains. Other code improvements include redundant code reductions resulting in a small overall footprint and improved maintainability.

About Unicoi

Unicoi Systems is a leading provider of VoIP and multimedia software and reference designs to embedded device developers and OEMs worldwide. More than 400 companies rely on Unicoi to power their solutions, including leading technology companies Motorola, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Sharp, Raytheon, Cisco Systems and Sony.

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