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Wind River, Cavium delivers multicore device solution

Posted: 31 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:JTAG accelerator technology; On-Chip Debugging 

Wind River Systems, Inc and Cavium Networks has announced the immediate availability of their advanced multicore device development solution. The solution couples Wind River's Workbench On-Chip Debugging and Wind River Compiler with Cavium Networks OCTEON multicore processors, providing customers with a simplified development environment encompassing a complete development ecosystem, on-chip debugging tools, compilers, support and knowledge. Further, hardware and software developers will benefit from improved productivity and user experience when developing on cutting-edge multicore offerings, enabling customers to get higher-quality products working and delivered in less time and with fewer errors.

"Advanced multicore device development solution, is a great boon for software device developers, as they would now be able to debug up to 8 cores simultaneously! This means providing customers with a simplified development environment with on-chip debugging tools, compilers, support and knowledge. Developers will also benefit from improved productivity and user experience when developing. This would definitely bring in acceleration in the development of embedded devices with on-chip debugging," said Mr. Venkatesh Kumaran, Country Manager-India, WindRiver.

Multicore technology delivers significant advantages to device developers by providing higher processor performance, more effective power usage and a smaller physical footprint for embedded devices. However, multicore technology also requires new tools and a new approach to development that enables hardware and software developers to debug multiple cores simultaneously, while optimising the development process through the use of integrated tools. Features and capabilities of Wind River Workbench On-Chip Debugging and the Wind River Compiler are specifically targeted for sophisticated multicore silicon like Cavium Networks 16-core OCTEON multicore MIPS64 processors. The solution will help customers to:

—Quickly bring up the Cavium Networks OCTEON hardware and debug interactions between the hardware and software running across multiple cores

—Develop application software, including multi-threaded applications, in a seamless manner

—Accurately synchronise start and stop of multiple cores in order to determine problem areas

—Utilise On-Chip Debugging's unique System Mode debugging capabilities to view software activities on all cores at a given point in time in order to analyse the interaction of software running on multiple cores

—Maximise JTAG bandwidth for multicore debug with Wind River's JTAG accelerator technology to help speed the development and analysis processes

—Benefit from a scalable solution supporting debugging on scan chains with up to 128 cores

—Streamline development across multiple homogeneous and heterogeneous cores, including those with different instruction sets

—Use Wind River Compiler to generate optimised application code for OCTEON

"The successful deployment of multicore solutions requires not only advanced hardware and software designed specifically for multicore, but the development tools to troubleshoot problems early. We applaud the efforts of Wind River and Cavium Networks for delivering a solution that is designed to improve productivity with faster responsiveness and user experience when debugging advanced multicore processors," said Jorge Magalhaes, Vice President of Marketing for the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. "This collaboration shows how members of the ecosystem can work together to bring valuable and powerful solutions to the marketplace."

"We have worked closely with Cavium Networks to provide a complete multicore debugging solution that supports the entire debug lifecycle from hardware bring-up through application development with Wind River Workbench, On-Chip Debugging Edition," said Sandy Orlando, Vice President and General Manager of Wind River On-Chip Debugging."We are proud to be endorsed by Cavium Networks for multicore debugging and take great pride in our technology leadership in JTAG based multicore debug. With our solution, Wind River supports a wide variety of environments for very sophisticated and high performance multicore processors."

"The Cavium Networks OCTEON multicore MIPS64 processors are delivering industry-leading performance for a wide range of embedded networking, wireless and storage applications," said Rajiv Khemani, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Cavium Networks. "Partnering with Wind River, an industry and technology leader for multicore development tools helps reduce the development time and accelerate time to revenue for our customers. Wind River's On-Chip Debugging provides comprehensive and powerful multicore development capabilities that enable our joint customers to reduce development costs and produce higher quality products."

The Wind River Workbench, On-Chip Debugging solution for OCTEON is available today under Wind River's Enterprise and Perpetual Licensing Business Models. There are various hardware, software and bundle options available to the customer so that Wind River can provide a solution that best meets the needs of our end customer.

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