Stretch IDE Release 2006.07 Ships with SlickEdit, Toolkit

Stretch Inc. announced today the availability of release 2006.07 of the Stretch Integrated Design Environment (IDE) software tools. With this new release, Stretch adds the powerful code editor SlickEdit, enhanced library support, and a PCI-based communications toolkit. The new release also provides upgraded on-line Help and documentation. These new tools offer greater ease of use and flexibility, enabling developers to reduce time to market for compute-intensive applications.

Enhanced Editing and Library Support
The Stretch IDE unifies the development of C/C++ application software to program its processors and automatically configure its Instruction Set Extension Fabric, or ISEF (a compute-optimized programmable fabric) with powerful, application-specific instructions. With the addition of SlickEdit, developers will now have access to intelligent editing and coding assistance and a tag-driven navigation engine. “The integration of the SlickEdit technology into the Stretch IDE enables our software engineers to navigate, modify, build and debug their code faster and more accurately,” said Kaustubh Patankar, manager, embedded systems design for Tata Elxsi, a leading provider of embedded product design services.

Stretch processors achieve their high performance by “crushing” software hot spots—sequences of operations that get executed many times—into single instructions executed in the ISEF. With Stretch’s new library features, software developers can mix their own custom software configurations with pre-compiled instructions targeting the ISEF, creating libraries of optimized functions. “Stretch users can now easily integrate pre-compiled libraries supplied by Stretch, its third party suppliers, or their own libraries with new source code,” said Bob Beachler, Stretch’s vice president of marketing. “Customers are able to create their own compute-intensive applications without compromising their flexibility or time to market.”

Improved Board Support Packages
The Stretch Communications Toolkit for Windows supports the exchange of bulk data and control information between PC-based Windows applications and custom software running on Stretch processors present on installed PCI adapter cards. Provided in the toolkit are a Windows driver for the Stretch S55DB30 development board, header files, and libraries for developing both Windows and S5530 processor applications.

Available on-line documentation and an extensive upgrade to on-line Help complete the new tools release to deliver a best in class product development environment.

Pricing and Availability
The 2006.07 Tools release is available now. A forty-five day evaluation version is available at no-charge; customers with current subscriptions can download the latest release from the Stretch customer portal. List price for a single development seat is $900, and new licenses are included with the purchase of a development kit. Please contact Stretch at 1.650.864.2700 or email for more information or access.

About Stretch
Stretch Inc. is delivering a family of software-configurable processors, the first to embed programmable logic within the processor. Using familiar C/C++ programming tools, system developers automatically configure Stretch’s off-the-shelf processors to achieve extraordinary performance, easy and rapid development, significant cost savings, and flexibility to address diverse markets and changing application needs. Founded in March 2002, Stretch is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and has been funded through investments from Worldview Technology Partners, Oak Investment Partners and Menlo Ventures.