Micrium, a leading developer of real-time embedded software, announced the creation of a strategic business unit that will build on the company’s publishing efforts and success to date. Called MicriumPress, the unit will facilitate creation of a series of books that provide in-depth knowledge to embedded systems design and development engineers as they tackle the growing complexity of embedded designs.
“MicriumPress is central to our commitment to education. Our goal is to provide experience to embedded engineers that allows them to implement RTOS components rapidly and effectively,” said Jean Labrosse, president and CEO of Micrium, Inc. “MicriumPress complements the company’s main business, which is to provide the best easy-to-use real-time commercial middleware to the embedded industry.”
“Many Micrium customers find their way to commercial real-time middleware and to Micrium as a result of books authored by Jean Labrosse, his popular seminars at Embedded Systems Conferences and Embedded World, and several other industry events. The creation of MicriumPress was a natural extension of these efforts for us,” said Brad Fenton, newly appointed publisher of the unit. Fenton has been bolstering the company’s publishing efforts for the past year.
Jean Labrosse published his first book, uC/OS-II: The Real Time Kernel in 2002 based on Micrium’s popular uC/OS-II product. After announcing its newest kernel, uC/OS-III in 2009, Labrosse quickly followed its launch with uC/OS-III: The Real Time Kernel. This time, however, the book was offered with a companion board, the uC/Eval-STM32F107 from STMicroelectronics. The book is a two-part volume. Part I represents an in-depth explanation on how a real-time kernel works, while Part II contains exercises to perform on the companion board that features the popular STM32 microcontroller.
“This is a really important announcement. Micrium is now supplementing their products with the educational resources engineers desperately need to get them quickly up to speed on the complex technologies used in many embedded devices,” said Jack Ganssle, consultant and embedded.com contributor.
Over the past year, MicriumPress has been incubating several new books that will be announced prior to the 2010 Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley. The new unit has been transforming its content creation, processing, and distribution methods to make it relatively easy for its book partners to take advantage of publishing opportunities targeting the embedded segment.
Initially, all books published by MicriumPress will be guides to help engineers with specific embedded RTOS components, and will be microcontroller-specific. Several Micrium partners have expressed an interest in future offerings from MicriumPress. Current titles are available through Micrium at: store.Micrium.com as well as through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Volume discounts are available for companies, colleges and universities.
MicriumPress is a publishing unit tasked with providing in-depth information and education to embedded engineers. As commercial middleware use continues to grow to meet the rigorous demands of complex embedded designs, MicriumPress will offer an expanding list of books and book/board sets that provide solid experience that can rapidly grow to proficiency. MicriumPress represents the commitment of Micrium, Inc. to the evolution of the embedded software industry to ensure both high-quality products and fast time to market.