Aonix Unveils PERC Pico with Real-Time Memory Analysis Tools for Java

Aonix®, the provider of the PERC product line for embedded and real-time Java developers, announced a new release of its PERC Pico product—the first commercial offering based on an emerging Java Specification Request (JSR)-302 for development of hard real-time safety-critical code. Rivalling the capabilities of optimized C-language programs, PERC Pico 1.1 enables developers to use the Java language in low-level code requiring small memory footprint, fast performance, and predictable tight response-time latencies.

PERC Pico 1.1 offers developers a new memory-use analysis tool. For the first time, developers of real-time Java systems can statically analyze memory requirements and the memory footprint implications associated with source-code changes without resorting to traditional test and debug activities. The PERC Pico tools enforce programming disciplines that enables the PERC Pico analyzer to calculate the total stack memory requirements for every running thread. This kind of analysis and enforcement is extremely beneficial to development of deeply embedded, real-time systems where memory allocation and predictability are important.

As well, PERC Pico 1.1 delivers important developer productivity enhancements, providing new Eclipse plug-ins for building, launching, and debugging PERC Pico applications. These plug-ins enable users to quickly develop and test new PERC Pico applications on a target system in a familiar, flexible and industry standard environment. An important Debug facility new in this release, automatically translates executable symbol names in a PERC Pico application to the Java names shown in the Eclipse editor. Being able to easily view and identify source-level code associations dramatically expedites debugging activities.

“PERC Pico enables developers to take the benefits of Java right down to the processor level,” said Gary Cato, Aonix director of strategic alliances. “Previously, embedded application engineers weren’t able to consider Java for other than larger soft real-time systems. We’re proud to be the first to offer a complete, real-world solution for hard real-time projects.”

PERC Pico components used in conjunction with the PERC Ultra virtual soft real-time product, Aonix’s industry-leading virtual machine technology for mission-critical applications, makes it possible to address all levels of the embedded real-time application, from high-level application complexity to the lowest levels of hardware. Although traditional virtual machine technologies operate on top of an operating environment like Linux or a traditional real-time operating system (RTOS), PERC Pico run-time is the only one that can also execute on the bare hardware.

For the first time, developers can now code their entire application in the Java language, avoiding the mix of low-level C code into their Java applications. This top-to-bottom Java solution eliminates awkward and performance robbing interchanges via the Java Native Interface (JNI), one of the most frequent points of failure in mixed-language embedded Java applications.

Shipping and Availability
PERC Pico 1.1 is available now for Windows and Linux/x86 platforms and is readily portable to all major processor architectures for both RTOS and bare-board platforms. PERC Pico development tools are available with flat project-based pricing. It is also available with special bundling discounts when licensed together with PERC Ultra.

About Aonix®
Aonix offers high productivity solutions for complex embedded application development in industries as diverse as aerospace, telecommunications, transportation and automotive, networking, defense, industrial and business automation, and consumer electronics. Aonix delivers the leading high-reliability, real-time embedded virtual machine solution for running Java(tm) programs deployed today and has the largest number of certified Ada applications at the highest level of criticality. Headquartered in San Diego, CA and Paris, France, Aonix operates sales offices throughout North America and Europe in addition to offering a network of international distributors.

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