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Embedded RDBMS for Freescale processors

Posted: 23 Jan 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:application processors  database  multimedia  portable devices 

ITTIA has unveiled the ITTIA DB-SQL for Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX family of multimedia application processors. Together, ITTIA DB-SQL and i.MX application processors improve productivity, add flexibility, and reduce total cost of development for data-rich portable devices.

Aimed at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and value added resellers (VARs), they lay the foundation for cost-effective products for a variety of applications, including PDAs, portable media players, industrial measurement systems, and more.

Freescale i.MX application processors combine multiple sub-systems and peripheral interfaces onto a single chip. Advanced power management, multimedia processing capabilities, and integrated security make the processors suitable for video surveillance, point-of-sale-systems, portable media players, industrial and healthcare instrumentation, and many other wireless applications.

ITTIA DB-SQL is a lightweight database designed for embedded and device developers seeking flexibility, ultra-high speed, ease of use, and low cost application development. Developers trained in database technology readily apply their experience towards embedded application development where resource allocation bears closer scrutiny.

The i.MX family and ITTIA DB-SQL both support a range of platforms such as those based on Microsoft Windows CE and Linux operating systems. The cross-platform features of ITTIA DB SQL enable developers to port their applications and reuse database files on multiple operating systems.

The i.MX27 features an ARM926EJ-S core at 400MHz with advanced technology such as Freescale's Smart Speed switch to deliver high performance and long battery life. Consumers benefit from built-in hardware encryption that ensures applications do not compromise on security. Hardware video processing with the MPEG-4 H.264 D1 codec enables high quality video and graphics.

A variety of development tools are available for i.MX processors. In addition to the Linux BSP (Board Support Package) provided by Freescale, custom Linux BSPs for i.MX application processors can be created with LTIB, the Linux Target Image Builder. With LTIB, system builders select packages, set options, and customise the Linux kernel in a simple menu-driven interface. When selections are made, LTIB automatically acquires source code, applies kernel patches, and builds a complete BSP.

A free 30-day evaluation of ITTIA DB SQL is available for i.MX software developers at the ITTIA DB Evaluation Center. The evaluation kit contains a complete embedded database library, optional server, and SQL tools.

-Toni McConnel

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