Popular Open-Source RTOS Comes to MIPS32® M14K™ Core Family
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, UK - May 4, 2011- MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital home, networking and mobile applications, and eCosCentric Limited, the eCos and RedBoot experts, today announced that eCosCentric has ported its eCosPro® open source real-time operating system (RTOS) to the microMIPS instruction set architecture (ISA). eCosCentric has also made available its eCosPro Developer's Kit for the MIPS32® M14K and M14Kc cores, which are based on the microMIPS ISA. This builds on support for other MIPS cores already offered by eCosCentric.
With the robust, feature-rich and fully-supported eCosPro RTOS for the M14K and M14Kc cores, users can choose from a rich set of supported peripherals, network stacks and file systems. They can become productive quickly with the full Eclipse-based development environment that packages the RTOS. Since the eCosPro Developer's Kits for MIPS cores were built and tested using standard MIPS reference designs, engineers can start building applications within a few minutes.
"The ecosystem of third party support for our microMIPS ISA and M14K cores continues to grow, and we are excited to offer our licensees who are designing products around these technologies access to the highly popular eCosPro RTOS. We are seeing interest in the combination of eCosPro and microMIPS among our customers for a range of cost-, speed- and resource-constrained applications," said Art Swift, vice president of marketing and business development, MIPS Technologies.
According to Alex Schuilenburg, managing director/CEO at eCosCentric, "We are pleased to add to our existing support for MIPS cores by porting eCosPro to the microMIPS ISA. Existing eCos users will be able to migrate quickly to eCosPro on the new microMIPS architecture, leveraging their existing application and system design knowledge. They also have the assurance of guaranteed commercial support direct from the original designers of the RTOS."
The eCosPro Developer's Kit for the M14K and M14Kc cores and microMIPS on the SEAD-3 reference board is available directly from eCosCentric, with packages of support to suit teams of varying sizes. eCosCentric can also tailor-build a run-time to meet customer requirements. Visit www.ecoscentric.com/ecospro.shtml, contact email@example.com or visit stand #2319 at the Embedded Systems Conference - Silicon Valley 2011 for more information.
About the M14K Cores and microMIPS
The M14K and M14Kc cores are the first MIPS32-compatible cores that also execute the new microMIPS ISA, achieving high performance of 1.5 DMIPS/MHz with an advanced level of code compression. On these cores, the microMIPS ISA maintains 98% of MIPS32 performance while reducing code size by up to 35%, translating to significant silicon cost savings. For more information, visit www.mips.com/products/architectures/micromips/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
eCosPro is a stable, fully tested and supported version of the eCos open source real-time operating system and RedBoot bootstrap firmware. The eCosPro Developer's Kit is a distribution of eCosPro with commercial support and advice, prebuilt eCos host tools, compiler tool chains, full documentation, Eclipse-based integrated development environment to streamline eCos application development (including graphical debugger), C++ runtime (including Standard Template Library) as well as profiling, code coverage and memory allocation debugging tools. Third party components certified with eCosPro include a Java virtual machine, an in-memory database, graphical user interfaces, Bluetooth, CANopen, and USB 2.0 compliant host, device and OTG stacks and flash file-systems.
About MIPS Technologies, Inc.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS) is a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital home, networking and mobile applications. The MIPS architecture powers some of the world's most popular electronic products, including broadband devices from Linksys, DTVs and digital consumer devices from Sony, DVD recordable devices from Pioneer, digital set-top boxes from Motorola, network routers from Cisco, 32-bit microcontrollers from Microchip Technology and laser printers from Hewlett-Packard. Founded in 1998, MIPS Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices worldwide. For more information, contact (408) 530-5000 or visit www.mips.com.