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RTOS supports PowerPC 440 processor

Posted: 21 Aug 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RTOS support  PowerPC 440 processor  Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA  ThreadX 

Express Logic, Inc. and Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. has announced ThreadX RTOS support for PowerPC 440 processor embedded in Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs. The IBM PowerPC 440 core is a hard 32-bit RISC CPU processor immersed directly into the Xilinx Virtex FPGA fabric to implement embedded applications.

ThreadX is available for the Avnet Virtex-5 FX30T Evaluation Kit as well as the Xilinx Virtex-5 FX70T Embedded Kit (ML507 board). Developers can now use ThreadX on MicroBlaze, PowerPC 405 or PowerPC 440 architectures, allowing them to optimise their processor choice based on their ThreadX-supported application requirements.

Express Logic says that ThreadX RTOS provides real-time embedded developers who use Xilinx FPGA solutions with the technically advanced multi-tasking solution on the market today. Express Logic's picokernel design results in high-performance and extremely small memory requirements—as small as 3KB. ThreadX also provides applications using Xilinx's PowerPC embedded processor cores with technical innovations such as fast software timers and preemption-threshold, a mechanism to help reduce context switching.

Virtex-5 embedded PowerPC 440 users can use the full suite of Express Logic offerings including the NetX Duo IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack TCP/IP network stack, FileX file management system and PegX graphics development toolkit. With NetX Duo, networked devices that combine the power of the PowerPC 440 and the high-performance networking hardware on the Virtex-5 FPGA can be developed.

ThreadX works with the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit (EDK), V10.1i, which includes a complete set of GNU-based software development tools, including a C compiler, assembler, linker, debugger and the Xilinx Platform Studio, a hardware/software embedded design environment. Low-cost PowerPC evaluation and development systems from Avnet allow Express Logic to port ThreadX to the Virtex-5 embedded PowerPC 440 core.

ThreadX for the Xilinx Virtex-5 embedded PowerPC processor prices start at Rs.5.36 lakh ($12,500) for a single product with royalty-free licence that includes full source code.

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