Five industry-leading development tool and real-time operating system (RTOS) vendors announced their support for Freescale Semiconductor’s MPC5121e system-on-chip processor. Built on Power Architecture(TM) technology, the multi-core MPC5121e processor is Freescale’s most powerful, highly integrated device for telematics applications, as well as industrial and commercial applications that require sophisticated graphics, multimedia and real-time audio processing.
Freescale offers telematics system developers a broad range of support for the MPC5121e, including the CodeWarrior(R) Development Studio mobileGT(R) Processor Edition and a Linux(R) OS Board Support Package (BSP) optimized for the mobileGT architecture and the MPC5121e development platform. The MPC5121e processor platform is also backed by a growing ecosystem of tool and RTOS vendors, including ALT Software, Green Hills Software, QNX Software Systems, Tilcon Software and Wind River. Each company is a member of the mobileGT Alliance, which includes key vendors in the automotive telematics industry.
“The launch of the MPC5121e processor in May has sparked a groundswell of customer interest and broad industry support,” said Mike Bryars, manager of Freescale’s Global Telematics Operations. “The rapid proliferation of world-class development tools and RTOS options for the MPC5121e makes it easier and more cost-effective for developers to bring new and innovative telematics solutions to market.”
“Freescale is demonstrating a higher vision and fulfilling a demand for high-performance embedded graphics in the marketplace with the MPC5121e,” said Dan Joncas, vice president of sales at ALT Software. “2D/3D graphics will be an essential building block in next-generation embedded applications, and by partnering with ALT Software, who brings more than 10 years of 2D/3D graphics experience, Freescale can deliver to the market a total solution with exceptional performance, quality and support for their customers.”
“The MPC5121e is an impressive processor for telematics applications based on a powerful multi-core architecture and rich peripheral set,” said Robert Redfield, director of partner business development at Green Hills Software. “Green Hills’ software solutions and business models map well to the MPC5121e and its markets, providing 3D/2D graphics, highly reliable/secure INTEGRITY RTOS with comprehensive middleware, royalty-free pricing, silicon-optimized C/C++/MISRA C compilers and leading debug technologies for this device. This combined hardware/software solution will be a powerful enabler for designers to realize lower cost and faster time to volume for their next-generation products in automotive, industrial and medical markets.”
“Our automotive customers are always looking for the latest hardware and software tools for developing telematics applications that will stand the test of time once the cars leave the showroom,” said Dave Curley, vice president of marketing at QNX Software Systems. “Freescale’s MPC5121e makes it easier than ever for our customers to quickly transition their QNX-based automotive telematics systems to take advantage of the enhanced performance and power efficiency offered in this extended line of processors.”
“Tilcon, a long-time mobileGT alliance partner, applauds the release of the MPC5121e,” said Prosanto Sarkar, CEO of Tilcon Software Ltd. “This feature-rich processor will enable the complex graphics and rich user interfaces that Tilcon specializes in, and we believe it will be very well received by embedded developers. Tilcon will be tightly integrating its toolkit with the MPC5121e and is pleased to work within Freescale’s mobileGT alliance to provide comprehensive graphics solutions meeting the requirements of Freescale’s diverse customer base.”
“As a longtime Freescale partner, Wind River plans to offer board support packages for Freescale’s exciting, next-generation MPC5121e, for both VxWorks and Wind River Linux, supported by Workbench, Wind River’s Eclipse-based common development environment,” said Vincent Rerolle, vice president of corporate development and strategy at Wind River. “Telematics, consumer and industrial customers can accelerate their time to market based on our tightly integrated hardware, tools and OS platform.”
About ALT Software
ALT Software is an embedded systems solutions provider whose offerings include device drivers and graphics system development kits. ALT’s strengths include software engineering, and prototype development, with particular expertise in graphics, audio, video, and networking. ALT’s OpenGL graphics drivers are deployed in automotive, avionics, consumer industrial and medical devices worldwide. For more information about ALT Software and the ALT Software family of OpenGL solutions and services, please see www.altsoftware.com.
About Green Hills Software, Inc.
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software, Inc. is the technology leader in device software optimization (DSO) and real-time operating systems (RTOS) for 32- and 64-bit embedded systems. Our royalty-free INTEGRITY(R) and velOSity(TM) real-time operating systems, µ-velOSity(TM) microkernel, compilers, MULTI(R) and AdaMULTI(TM) integrated development environments and TimeMachine(TM) tool suite offer a complete development solution that addresses both deeply embedded and high-reliability applications. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software on the web at www.ghs.com.
About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE:HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) RTOS and QNX Momentics(R) development suite together provide the industry’s most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide.
About Tilcon Software Ltd.
Tilcon has enabled device manufacturers to quickly deliver sophisticated, customized graphic displays and instrument clusters that perform within the constraints of real-time and embedded environments. Tilcon’s embedded user interface solution combined with Freescale’s innovative processors and the many complementary technologies found in the mobile GT alliance stands as an important value proposition to embedded developers struggling to create the media-rich embedded devices of tomorrow.
About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop, run and manage device software faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably. Wind River platforms are pre-integrated, fully standardized, enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process, from concept to deployed product. Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, call 1-800-872-4977.
About the mobileGT(R) platform
Freescale’s mobileGT platform refers to both an architecture and an alliance of key vendors in the automotive navigation and telematics industries. Pooling the talents of processor suppliers, RTOS vendors, software module IP providers, system integrators and hardware add-on suppliers helps to ensure that developers will have optimized, off-the-shelf solutions when they need them. Freescale’s mobileGT alliance members support and drive adoption of the Media5200 development platform.
About the MPC5121e processor
A highly integrated, multi-core system-on-chip (SoC) device, the MPC5121e processor is optimized for high-performance, power-sensitive telematics applications, as well as industrial applications requiring complex graphics, multimedia and real-time audio processing. It combines an e300 core built on Power Architecture technology with an integrated 2D/3D graphics core and a fully programmable 32-bit RISC-based multimedia acceleration core optimized for audio processing. The MPC5121e device is designed for application code compatibility with existing solutions based on the MPC5200 architecture. This compatibility provides easy scalability across product solutions to help bring new end products with the latest features to market quickly and at a lower cost.
About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with 2006 sales of $6.4 billion (USD).
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