Comprehensive Platform Designed for Fast, Cost-Effective Development of Hardware Solutions for Automotive, Networking, Industrial Control and Consumer Electronics Devices
Austin, Texas and San Jose, Calif., November 17, 2003
— Metrowerks and ARC International (LSE: ARK) have collaborated to offer an integrated hardware and software development solution for the powerful and versatile Motorola MPC5200 processor containing a PowerPC core with the introduction of the Lite5200 Evaluation Development Kit from Metrowerks and ARC.
Offering designers out-of-box functionality, the kit includes Motorola's Lite5200 evaluation board based on the Motorola MPC5200 processor, along with evaluation versions of the ARC MQX real-time operating system (RTOS), ARC RTCS TCP/IP networking stacks, and the Metrowerks Code Warrior™ Development Studio, mobileGT™ Processor Edition, Version 8.0.
“For developers, time to market is critical,” said Michael O'Donnell, marketing director, Transportation and Standard Products, Metrowerks. “Together with ARC, Metrowerks is now able to help developers eliminate the time-consuming hardware and software integration phase of development by providing them with a comprehensive tool set for the Motorola MPC5200 -- one of the industry's leading processors. Our relationship with ARC has allowed us to deliver a development solution that speeds time to market and helps embedded developers.
The kit combines the robust ARC MQX RTOS and RTCS TCP/IP software embedded in the on-board flash memory, which allows developers to run applications directly on the hardware, and is designed to provide “instant on” start-up capabilities. ARC and Metrowerks plan to add evaluation software for the CAN and USB 1.1 Host interface with a mass storage application by the end of the year.
“This kit provides a comprehensive integrated hardware software evaluation and development solution that is full-featured and high performance for our customers,” said Bill Pfaff, vice president and director of Motorola's Digital Audio, Radio and Telematics organization. “By enabling embedded systems designers to begin evaluation out-of-the-box, we can help developers focus on shortening the evaluation process, developing their applications and completing their projects on-time with differentiation and at a lower cost.
“ARC has had a long-standing history of delivering a broad range of connectivity in a single, tightly integrated package,” said Bill Bernecki, vice president of software at ARC. “Software support for the rich feature set such as Ethernet today, and CAN device and USB host stack support in Phase two of the release, meets the key requirements of MPC5200-based applications including gateways, instrumentation, global positioning systems and video processing devices.
The Lite5200 Evaluation Development Kit includes the following components:
Pricing and Availability
- ARC MQX Real-Time Operating System
- ARC RTCS TCP/IP networking stack
- USB Host Developer Kit in the second release
- Board support package with serial, timer, 10/100 BaseT Ethernet, PCI device drivers in the first release and CAN and USB device drivers in the second release
- Metrowerks CodeWarrior Development Studio, mobileGT™ Processor Edition, Version 8.0
- Metrowerks WireTAP® HTI run-control
- a Motorola Lite5200 evaluation board based on the Motorola MPC5200 processor
The development kit costs $945 and is available now from Metrowerks. The Metrowerks CodeWarrior Development Studio included with the system is an evaluation version, time-limited to 30 days from installation. ARC's MQX RTOS and RTCS TCP/IP networking stack included in the system are execution-limited, evaluation versions. Fully licensed versions of each software product can be obtained separately today through ARC or Metrowerks distributors. The CodeWarrior Development Studio can be purchased in single-seat quantities for $5994. The USB Host Developer's Kit is expected to be available by the end of the year. Pricing for a single product license of the ARC MQX software starts at $12,500 USD and is provided in full source code with no royalty fees. Software bundles containing RTCS TCP/IP networking stack and protocols are also available starting at $16,500 USD. For more information or to place an order, please contact Metrowerks by telephone at 800-377-5416 or +1-512-996-5300.About Metrowerks
Metrowerks Corporation creates CodeWarrior software and hardware products and services for developers, with a particular focus on the following industries: consumer electronics; transportation; wireless; and networking and communications. The CodeWarrior product line includes hardware and software development tools and middleware that enable customers to decrease their time to market. The company also offers services, including training and custom software development. Founded in 1985, Metrowerks is today an independently operating subsidiary of Motorola, Inc. Metrowerks corporate headquarters are in Austin, Texas; Metrowerks' Europe is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland; and Metrowerks Japan is headquartered in Tokyo. More information is available from http://www.metrowerks.com/
ARC International is a world leader in embedded design and development software and embedded silicon. ARC's solutions minimize risk for customers developing next-generation wireless, networking, industrial control, storage, and consumer electronics products. ARC introduced the industry's first user-customizable 32-bit RISC/DSP processor core, the industry's first USB Hi-Speed On-The-Go IP and today supplies turnkey embedded solutions that contain a real-time operating system, development tools, processor core and peripheral hardware and software IP that enable developers to optimize the design and performance of their applications. By providing developers with a single source for the major SoC and embedded software building blocks ARC reduces the number of their suppliers thereby reducing cost, reducing risk and ultimately reducing time-to-market.
ARC International employs approximately 180 people in research and development, sales and marketing offices across North America, Europe and Asia. Full details of the company's locations and other information are available on the company's website, http://www.arc.com
. ARC International is listed on the London Stock Exchange as ARC International plc (LSE: ARK).Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, among others, market acceptance of the ARC technology; fluctuations in and unpredictability of the Company's quarterly results; general economic and business conditions; regulatory policies adopted by governmental authorities; assumptions regarding the Company's future business strategy; changes in technology; competition; ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; risks associated with the Company's international operations; and other uncertainties that are discussed in the “Investment Considerations” section of the Company's listing particulars dated 28 September 2000 filed with the United Kingdom Listing Authority and the Registrar of Companies in England and Wales. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date such statement was first made. In view of the many applications in which its Licensees may use the ARC products, ARC cannot warrant that those applications do not infringe the patents of others. ARC strongly encourages its Licensees to become familiar with the policies governing the use and licensing of intellectual property established by any organization whose standards the Licensee wishes to follow, and to review the list most standards-promulgating organizations publish, of entities that claim to have patents relating to the relevant standards or underlying technology.
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