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Green Hills Software Announces New Development Tools and Operating System for Texas Instruments DaVinci™ Technology

Green Hills Single Integrated Development Environment Enables Rapid Design Implementation

Feb 28, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. and DALLAS (February 28, 2006) - Green Hills Software, Inc., the technology leader in real-time operating systems (RTOS) and device software optimization (DSO), today unveiled its MULTI Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and INTEGRITY Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) for DaVinciTM technology from Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) (NYSE: TXN). Developed in partnership with TI, the Green Hills DSO solution for DaVinci technology provides a comprehensive suite of development tools and operating system for TI's multicore TMS320DM644x processors based on DaVinci technology. 
TI's DaVinci technology is the collection of a DSP-based system-on-chip, integrating DSP and ARM cores, accelerators, peripherals, third party support and necessary software and tools tailored for efficient and compelling digital video and its associated audio.
"When we first introduced our leading embedded IDE in 1990, we named it MULTI based on a vision for supporting multi-processor, multi-operating system, multi-threaded, multi-language systems, all from a single environment. MULTI for DaVinci technology is the quintessential embodiment of this vision," said David Kleidermacher, vice president of engineering, Green Hills Software.
"Offering developers the necessary tools needed to begin digital video product innovation and differentiation, MULTI is a key part of the ecosystem surrounding DaVinci technology," said Greg Mar, worldwide DSP SoC platform manager, TI. "The availability of INTEGRITY for processors based on DaVinci technology will also expand the application possibilities for digital video."

MULTI Supports DaVinci Technology Product Development

MULTI for DaVinci technology seamlessly integrates the industry's most advanced ARM compiler from Green Hills along with TI's award winning Code Composer StudioTM Integrated Development Environment compiler for TI's TMS320C64x+TM core. This means that MULTI alone can support the DM644x processors, which integrate an ARM core and TI's C64x+TM DSP core. MULTI supports advanced kernel and OS-aware debugging for Green Hills Software's INTEGRITY and velOSity real-time operating systems (RTOS) as well as Linux for DaVinci technology. For TI's C64x+ core, MULTI is integrated with TI's DSP/BIOSTM real-time kernel, including support for full DSP/BIOS kernel awareness from MULTI. The Green Hills Probe, an advanced hardware debug device, can simultaneously debug applications running on both the ARM and C64x+ DSP cores using a single connection. For communication between the ARM and C64x+ core, MULTI, Linux and INTEGRITY have support for TI's DSP/BIOS Link, an interprocessor communication library. 

Royalty-free INTEGRITY RTOS for DaVinci Technology

INTEGRITY, the premier royalty-free RTOS for use in high-reliability embedded systems, is the most reliable RTOS to be offered for the ARM core based on DaVinci technology. Demonstrating the highest growth in RTOS market share over the past four years, INTEGRITY's success is because of its advanced technological design, incorporating memory protection, guaranteed resource availability, field upgradeability, optimal real-time response and the world's leading development tools integration with Green Hills Software's MULTI IDE. In addition, the INTEGRITY royalty-free business model makes it ideal for high-volume consumer electronics, such as next generation digital audio and video end-equipment applications.

Linux/ARM Debugging

Developers employing Linux on the ARM core of the DM644x processors can now use MULTI's Linux debug capabilities that include: 

  • Linux GUI-based Operating System Awareness (OSA) 
  • The ability to debug user mode Linux applications from a stop-mode (JTAG) connection 
  • The ability to debug multi-threaded, multi-process Linux applications from a run-mode (Ethernet) connection, using a powerful debug agent developed by Green Hills Software 
  • Green Hills Software ARM compilers that generates 20 to 30 percent smaller and faster code than the GCC compilers that are bundled with Linux 
  • The ability to debug the Linux kernel graphically using the Green Hills Probe 
  • The ability to debug loadable Linux modules from their entry points


Green Hills Software brings its award-winning TimeMachine tool suite to DaVinci technology, enabling developers to find and eradicate the most difficult bugs quickly. The Green Hills SuperTrace probe records ARM processor execution non-intrusively. TimeMachine is then used to analyze this trace to find bugs, performance problems and understand system behavior. With TimeMachine, developers can even debug backwards in time to find the cause of subtle corruptions and other problems. 

Availability and Pricing

The Green Hills MULTI IDE, Linux advanced debugging support and the Green Hills Probe for DaVinci technology are available today. INTEGRITY, velOSity, and the SuperTrace probe with TimeMachine is scheduled for this month. Pricing starts at $5,940 per user. Contact sales@ghs.com for further details.