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Atollic TrueSTUDIO v5.3 is released!

The new Atollic TrueSTUDIO v5.3 is released with Cortex-M7 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

Atollic TrueSTUDIO v5.3 is one of the most powerful ARM IDE's available, now with significantly improved target support including brand new support for four high-end CPU cores:

  • Cortex-M7
  • Cortex-A53
  • Cortex-A57
  • Cortex A72

The new v5.3 release also adds support for many new devices and evaluation boards from Freescale, Infineon, NXP, SiLabs and STMicroelectronics. In particular, TrueSTUDIO now supports the new Cortex-M7-based STM32F7 devices from STMicroelectronics.

Atollic TrueSTUDIO now supports almost 3000 devices and over 170 evaluation boards. Get started quickly with wizards and sample projects. Find bugs fast with our powerful debug tools and visualizations.

Additionally, the new release improves version control with support for Subversion v1.8, improved kernel-aware debugging for several RTOSes, as well as SWV event- and data- tracing improvements. Customers with a valid support and upgrade agreement (SUA) will get an upgrade download link automatically. If you are not a TrueSTUDIO Pro user yet, request an evaluation copy today!

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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