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Atollic TrueSTUDIO v5.2 is released!

The new Atollic TrueSTUDIO v5.2 is released, adding supreme integration with Freescale's Processor Expert software and improved target support!


Embedded developers understand that using the right tool makes the work of developing and debugging software easier. Stop fighting with your IDE and let the powerful TrueSTUDIO development environment do the heavy lifting. For more information on advanced development and debugging of ARM-based embedded systems using Atollic TrueSTUDIO please  Read this magazine article
The new v5.2 release of TrueSTUDIO provides deep and fully automatic integration with the Processor Expert software from Freescale, much improved target support as well as numerous other improvements.

Our new integration with Freescale Processor Expert software works like magic!

Processor Expert software, Freescale's software configuration tool, lets you design custom peripheral drivers for Kinetis MCUs with a few mouse clicks. You may know that Processor Expert already installs and runs inside Atollic TrueSTUDIO. The new TrueSTUDIO v5.2 adds even tighter integration and makes using Processor Expert more convenient than with any other IDE!
TrueSTUDIO now automatically detects if Processor Expert has generated a new project, or updated an existing project, and automatically sets up key parameters such as #include and source folder paths, target configuration and build options. With the new improved Processor Expert awareness in TrueSTUDIO, developers get a zero-click and zero-effort solution that "just works" without any manual steps to setup the IDE to work with the generated projects. This "no touch" level of automation is not available in any other IDE and TrueSTUDIO thus provides a superior experience for Kinetis developers.
Read this magazine article for additional information on how TrueSTUDIO improves development of software for Freescale Kinetis devices.

Updated target support:
Atollic TrueSTUDIO has one of the most extensive device support databases in the industry, and the new version 5.2 contains even better device coverage, including new support for the following microcontroller series from Freescale®, NXP®, Renesas®, STMicroelectronics® and Silicon Labs®:

  • Freescale Kinetis KL17Z, KL27Z, KL33Z and KL43Z Series (Cortex-M0+)
  • Freescale Kinetis K02F Series (Cortex-M4)
  • Freescale Kinetis K11DxxxA rev2 Series (Cortex-M4)
  • Freescale Kinetis K21DxxxA rev2 Series (Cortex-M4)
  • Freescale Kinetis K24FN256 devices (Cortex-M4)
  • NXP LPC11E6x Series (Cortex-M0+)
  • NXP LPC11U6x Series (Cortex-M0+)
  • Renesas R-IN32M3 Series (Cortex-M3)
  • STMicroelectronics STM32F09 Series (Cortex-M0)
  • STMicroelectronics STM32F411 Series (Cortex-M4)
  • Silicon Labs EFM32GG900F512, EFM32GG900F1024, EFM32LG360F256 and EFM32WG360F256 devices.

Atollic TrueSTUDIO now supports ~2500 ARM devices and includes out-of-the-box support for ~160 evaluation/development boards, including these new boards added in TrueSTUDIO v5.2:

  • Freescale Freedom FRDM--KL43Z
  • Freescale Tower System TWR-K02F100M
  • Freescale Tower System TWR-K21D50MA
  • Freescale Tower System TWR-K21F120MA
  • Freescale Tower System TWR-K24F120M
  • Freescale Tower System TWR-KL43Z48M
  • Freescale Tower System TWR-KV30F100M
  • Silicon Labs EFM32WG-DK3850
  • STMicroelectronics NUCLEO-F072RB

Additionally, many other target support improvements have been made, in particular for the Texas Instruments® Hercules RM48L and TMS570 series (Cortex-R4).
More information is available at   www.atollic.com
If you want see Atollic TrueSTUDIO in action, why not look at our Video Tutorials at http://atollic.com/index.php/videotutorials

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.

iSYSTEM iC5000 Product page


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
SCIOPTA Product page


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.

Embedded Software Product page

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