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September 14, 1995


By CBR Staff Writer

NEC Corp joining the growing band of licensees for the Advanced RISC Machines Ltd ARM RISC (CI No 2,748) was just the tip of a very big iceberg of news from the Cambridge company and its licensees this week. The company launched Version 2.0 of its Software Development Toolkit, which runs under Windows including Windows95, and under Unix, and costs $1,400 for ARM, $2,000 for ARM and Thumb, under Windows, $2,250 and $3,000 under Unix. IBM Corp and Goldstar Co are putting the IBM Microkernel up on the ARM family for Personal Digital Assistant, television set-top box and multimedia applications. Tao Systems Ltd, which has moved out of London to Crowthorne, Berkshire, has a new optimised version of its binary portable Taos Operating System for the ARM6 and ARM7 families, aiming it at multimedia and telecommunications markets. Perihelion Distributed Software Ltd is implemenating its Helios real-time operating system for ARM Thumb-aware processors: these can execute both 32-bit ARM code and 16-bit Thumb code, and object code averages a decrease of between 25% and 35% against with comparable ARM code, making the Thumb the answer for high volume applications where code density is crucial. Helios-ARM is a modular microkernel-based real-time multi-tasking operating system that supports a Posix-compliant interface. Helios for the Thumb-aware processor is from $3,950 and will be ready in November. Accelerated Technology Inc is putting its Nucleus Plus real-time kernel on the Thumb-aware RISCs, as is Etnoteam Software Technologies Inc with its multi-tasking real-time EOS kernel, with funding from the European Commission’s Esprit Open Microprocessor Systems Initiative. Belgian company Eonic Systems SA, with offices in Silver Spring, Maryland has put its Virtuoso Micro real-time operating system up on the ARM6 & ARM7 at from $3,150, now. Cogent Computer Systems Inc says a variant of the Cogent Modular Architecture is being developed for the ARM710 processor: with the system, interchangeable input-output modules support rapid development of software for complete systems without redesigning the entire system from scratch for each new application: it is based on a backplane development system using daughterboards to host the processor and input-output modules. The development system costs $3,000, next month. Orion Instruments Inc is to offer Yokogawa Digital Computer Corp’s Advice proprietary version of the in-circuit emulator design tool protocol. Lauterbach Datentechnik GmbH is supporting the ARM7 family on its Trace32 Development System with a JTAG interface debugger for ARM, based on the TRACE32-BDM and a highly integrated in-circuit emulator from second quarter next year. And VLSI Technology Inc has added two new members to its ARM line, the VYF86C007 microprocessor and VYF86C007T Fast Thumb ASIC core, which can be clocked at up to 66MHz. It has also begun beta testing a new cache memory simulation tool supporting its embedded ARM ASIC products. The CacheSim development tool plugs into the VLSI JumpStart software development system, at $1,000 as an upgrade.

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