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Ricoh signs licensing deal with Indian startup

Posted: 11 Jun 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DDGen  device driver  Ricoh  Vayavya 

Ricoh Company Ltd and Vayavya Labs Pvt. Ltd have signed a licencing agreement to use Vayavya's Device Driver Generator (DDGen) in developing next-generation device drivers. The agreement came in the heels of Ricoh's earlier study that looked into the different aspects of the DDGen methodology, including quality of the generated code.

DDGen generates device drivers for different operating systems from a formal specification of the peripheral's programming specification.

Ricoh will be using DDGen for different peripherals present in its products including USB host/device controllers, network controller, and flash memory devices.

Naoya Morita, head of embedded platform development department at Ricoh said, "As a system provider, we would like to have every IP be ready to be incorporated into the systems. In order to establish such state, it is essential to have a tool like DDGen, which enables us to automatically generate device drivers based on data such as IP-XACT (with extensions), and to manage all IPs with IP-XACT."

"We have been searching some tools like DDGen to cut down cost, time and effort while meeting the time-to-market demands. We are encouraged by the early results shown by DDGen," Morita added.

RK Patil, Vayavya Labs CEO commented, "As programmable IPs in Systems on Chip (SoC) design increase in numbers and complexity, the delivery of embedded software as part of the system becomes a bottleneck."

"With proliferation of multiple embedded operating systems, SoC firms face the challenge of delivery for device drivers and multiple BSPs. An automation tool like DDGen can help in bringing up to 10-fold productivity improvements for device drivers and BSP. We are happy to see a major embedded platform firm Ricoh endorsing the benefits," Patil said.





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