eCosCentric Limited, the eCos and RedBoot experts,
today announced their partnership with SuperH Inc
to deliver the eCos real-time operating system and
RedBoot firmware on SuperH RISC CPU cores.
The partnership will extend the existing eCos coverage of SuperH embedded
development boards to include the SH-4 MicroDev Platform, enabling a wide range
of developers to evaluate eCos and the SH-4 RISC CPU family for their latest
embedded designs more readily.
"eCos is the premier royalty-free open source RTOS and we are pleased
to partner with SuperH in making this technology more accessible to their licensees."
said Alex Schuilenburg, Managing Director at eCosCentric. "The combination
of eCos and RedBoot on SuperH is compelling and our commercial development and
support offerings ensure that adopters have all the backup they need."
said Daniel Morris, Sales & Marketing Director at eCosCentric.
The SH-4 MicroDev Platform is a modular SoC and software development platform
which allows developers to prototype high performance System-on-Chip solutions.
The first version of the MicroDev platform is based on the 266MHz SH4-202, 32-bit
RISC CPU, that was recently qualified as Silver IP in UMC's 0.13u CMOS technology.
"When we looked around for a firmware solution for the MicroDev the
natural choice seemed to us to be RedBoot which
combines small footprint with rich functionality. The ability to offer our
customers seamless download and debug from standard GNU based cross development
tools fits into our strategy of leveraging Free Open Source Software."
said Jon Frosdick, Director of Software. "In addition we are able to offer
eCos availability on the MicroDev which is a
great solution for our customers looking for a royalty free RTOS."
Founded in April 2002, eCosCentric is the leading provider of eCos and RedBoot
support, development and consulting services worldwide. Staffed by the original
eCos creators and highly experienced embedded system and software engineers,
eCosCentric provides complete solutions consisting of run-time systems and
complementary host tools.
For further details, please visit eCosCentric on the web at
SuperH, Inc. is a semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) licensing company
and is the leading supplier of multimedia RISC CPU cores to companies building
system-on-chip (SoC) products. SuperH, Inc. develops RISC CPU cores, the
SuperHyway Bus TM on-chip interconnect and software development tools. The
SuperH TM family today includes the 32-bit SH-4 and 64-bit SH-5 CPU cores
and is ideally suited to multimedia applications that require a single CPU
core executing a mix of general purpose code and DSP algorithms. SuperH CPU
cores are targeted at consumer, automotive, telecom and handheld multimedia
appliance markets with specific emphasis on set top box, residential gateway,
car information systems, modems, digital camera and multimedia players.
Further information about SuperH, Inc. and SuperH products can be found at