eSOL eT-Kernel Multi-Core RTOS Supports ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore Processor

eSOL, a leading developer of real-time embedded software solutions, announced they have reached an agreement with ARM to support their new Cortex(TM)-A9 MPCore(TM) multicore processor with eSOL’s eT-Kernel Multi-Core Edition real-time operating system (RTOS). This, coupled with eBinder integrated tools for enhanced multiprocessor solutions, will optimize the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor designs in the automotive, mobile, enterprise and embedded markets.

eT-Kernel Multi-Core Edition supports two scheduling modes, True SMP Mode (TSM) and Single Processor Mode (SPM), which provide software developers with a blended multiprocessor RTOS. This provides software developers both the scalability and high throughput efficiency of SMP, with the more deterministic and real-time characteristics of AMP – within a single, tightly-coupled multiprocessor solution, supporting POSIX 1003.1. 2003, T-Kernel/OS/SM/DS functions and T-Kernel Standard Extension APIs. The eT-Kernel’s blended single image multiprocessor kernel provides full reuse of existing code for both AMP- and SMP-targeted applications. Complete task interworking is via regular OS communication and synchronization mechanisms, allowing existing single processor designs to migrate and operate seamlessly, using the coherent cache control and accelerated communication available in both the Cortex-A9 MPCore and ARM11(TM) MPCore multicore processors.

The eBinder IDE offers the industry’s leading ARM® RealView® Compiler tool, along with comprehensive debugging and profiling tools to fine-tune the embedded application. It uses insightful snapshots of the eT-Kernel RTOS suites to help both firmware and application engineers easily identify glitches in programs and low-level drivers – even in the multicore environment. This increases overall productivity, ensuring timely product launch to market.

To date, eSOL has supported a number of ARM processors such as the ARM7(TM), the ARM9(TM), the ARM11(TM) families and the ARM11 MPCore processors, with strong focus in consumer electronics products, from portable devices to automotive applications. Positioning ARM as highly strategic architecture, eSOL is one of the leading RTOS vendors who offer complete RTOS and tools for ARM.

The Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor is a new addition to ARM Cortex family. The fully synthesizable multicore processor integrates the proven and highly successful ARM MPCore technology with further enhancements to simplify and broaden the adoption of multicore solutions. The Cortex-A9 MPCore processor provides the ability to extend peak performance while supporting design flexibility, further reducing and controlling the power consumption at the processor and system level. The Cortex-A9 MPCore processor offers mobile devices increased peak performance while using the MPCore technology to maintain operation within the tight mobile power budgets. Using the scalable peak performance, this processor exceeds the performance of today’s comparable high-performance devices and brings consistent software investment over an extended breadth of application markets, including networking, consumer and automotive solutions.

“As our customers shift toward more scalable ARM processors, it is a natural move for us to support the Cortex-A9 multicore processor,” says Nobuyuki Ueyama, Executive Vice President of Embedded Products Division at eSOL Co., Ltd. “Being a platform provider and a multi-core RTOS specialist, we believe that the latest ARM Cortex-A9 processor is definitely a market driver and we will support and release it to leading world-brand consumer electronics customers with our superior multi-core technology.”

“For ODMs and OEMs who design a leading product based on our MPCore multicore technology, it is very critical to have a multicore ready RTOS that is fully supported and integrated with corresponding development tools,” says John Goodacre, multiprocessing program manager, ARM. “With their proven track record supporting ARM11 MPCore applications, I believe that eSOL’s solution will continue to serve a very robust and reliable platform for those using the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor.”

About eSOL
Founded in 1975 in Tokyo, Japan, eSOL is a leading embedded software developer with core technologies in real time operating systems. We develop, market and sell proven RTOS suites, along with a rich set of vertical oriented middleware libraries. Our rugged software development tools provide optimal reliability in backing up the highly complicated development process for RTOS-based applications. We know that a reliable RTOS and development tools make a significant difference to the quality and timeliness of our customers’ products in a continuously growing and competitive world market. Today, our customers – global OEMs and ODMs ranging from consumer electronics to automotive applications – ship millions of products with technologies pioneered by eSOL.