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Green Hills Software Optimizes Device Software Development
with New Industry-Specific Platforms

Initial Green Hills Platforms Target Medical, Software Defined Radio, Wireless, Industrial, Automotive and Avionics Devices

SANTA BARBARA, CA—November 15, 2005—Green Hills Software, Inc., the technology leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO) and Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS), today introduced a family of industry-optimized software development platforms for medical, Software Defined Radio (SDR), wireless, industrial control, automotive and avionics devices. The new highly-integrated and royalty-free Green Hills Platforms include all of the core software and documentation required to develop and deploy a targeted device, accelerating time-to-market, reducing development risk, and enabling developers to focus on application-level innovation and differentiation.

“Green Hills Platforms are the next step in the evolution of Green Hills Software’s solution,” commented Dan O’Dowd, founder and chief executive officer of Green Hills Software. “By integrating our development tools, operating system and middleware into pre-configured, industry-optimized platforms running on industry-specific reference hardware, we are making it easier than ever for developers to take advantage of our leading reliability, security, performance, time-to-market and cost benefits.”

Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, recently wrote in his "Between the Lines" blog on “Now that embedded infrastructure and IDE makers like Green Hills have elevated their offerings to a solution level, the next logical step is to tailor those solutions to specific vertical industries. A vertically integrated baseline of standards- and certifications-specific platforms should reduce device development cycles and cut total costs, as well as encourage manufacturers to use software to differentiate themselves in their competitive niche markets.”

Unique Capabilities

Green Hills Platforms are unique in the device software industry because they address a broad range of applications with one operating system technology: Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). By standardizing on one RTOS, diversified manufacturers can best leverage engineers’ experience across projects and product lines while reducing software and training costs. While other DSO suppliers rely on different, incompatible operating systems to address different types of applications, the INTEGRITY RTOS is highly scalable, allowing it to be used in devices ranging from high-volume, cost-sensitive consumer devices to middleware-rich telecommunications equipment.

Green Hills Platforms are also unique because they come certified to the most stringent reliability, safety and security standards for each industry, including those specified by the NSA, FAA, FDA, IEEE, and IEC. “Other competitive products have never been certified to the relevant industry-specific safety and reliability standards, making them little more than a marketing ploy,” noted O’Dowd.

About the Green Hills Platforms

Each Green Hills Platform includes:

  • Green Hills Software’s reliable, secure and royalty-free INTEGRITY RTOS—Many Platforms deliver an industry-specific configuration of INTEGRITY. In addition, some optionally include Green Hills Software’s small and fast velOSity microkernel, the foundation of INTEGRITY, which is ideal for high volume and cost-sensitive devices.
  • Industry-specific middleware, such as networking, file systems, graphics, audio/video and navigation, as appropriate
  • Integration with industry-specific reference hardware—The reference hardware, pre-loaded with INTEGRITY and the appropriate middleware, is available from Green Hills Software for some Platforms.
  • Green Hills Software’s MULTI development environment, the most powerful and complete set of tools for optimizing the reliability, performance, cost and time-to-market of device software
  • Documentation, including the documentation and life cycle evidence required for industry-specific safety and security certifications and approvals
  • Industry-specific consulting, engineering and certification and approval services

The initial Green Hills Platforms consist of:

Green Hills Platform for Medical Devices
The new Green Hills Platform for Medical Devices is designed to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) requirements for up to Class III medical devices, the most stringent type of FDA certification. Class III devices usually support or sustain human life, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. The Platform for Medical Devices includes the INTEGRITY RTOS and the safety and RTOS life cycle documentation required for Class III approval. (See related announcement.)

Green Hills Platform for Software Defined Radios
The new Green Hills Platform for Software Defined Radios complies with the Software Defined Radio (SDR) standard Software Communications Architecture (SCA) Operating Environment. Based on the certified POSIX conformant INTEGRITY RTOS, it enables the development and deployment of next generation software-configurable radios for use in military, avionics and commercial applications, including the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS). (See related announcement.)

Green Hills Platform for Wireless Devices
The Green Hills Platform for Wireless Devices adds WiMAX support to Green Hills Software’s WiFi reference platform, which was introduced in March 2005. The Platform for Wireless Devices supports the development of mobile devices and infrastructure equipment incorporating IEEE 802.11a/b/g/ and/or WiMAX interfaces. It is available with the INTEGRITY RTOS or velOSity microkernel; IPv4 or dual mode IPv4/v6 protocol stacks; a broad range of security protocols, including the latest for the wireless market; and optional pre-loaded and tested reference hardware.
(See related announcement.)

Green Hills Platform for Industrial Safety
Introduced in October 2005, the Green Hills Platform for Industrial Safety targets industrial devices requiring safety certifications, including process controllers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and flame, gas and temperature sensors. The Platform for Industrial Safety is based on the INTEGRITY RTOS, which is in the final stages of certification by TÜV to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard 61508 at Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3). It also includes a full set of safety documentation, which is required for certification of a final device.

Green Hills Platform for Automotive Infotainment

The Green Hills Platform for Automotive Infotainment addresses in-car infotainment and telematics systems. It is available with the INTEGRITY RTOS or velOSity microkernel and supports a broad range of middleware, including 2D and 3D graphics, Global Positioning System (GPS), navigation, text-to-speech, Bluetooth, voice processing, CD and MP3 decoding, Internet and wireless LAN, Media Oriented System Transport (MOST), Controller Area Network (CAN), and USB. The Platform for Automotive Infotainment is pre-integrated with reference hardware from Analog Devices and Freescale. (The Platform for Automotive Infotainment was introduced in March 2005 as the Infotainment Reference Platform.)

Green Hills Platform for Avionics
The Green Hills Platform for Avionics includes the INTEGRITY and INTEGRITY-178B RTOSes, support for the aviation industry standard ARINC 653-1 application software interface, and the documentation required for U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) safety certification. INTEGRITY-178B has been certified to the FAA’s most stringent standard for flight-critical avionics systems, RTCA/DO-178B Level A. The Platform for Avionics is available with the MULTI development environment, which supports development with the C, C++, and ADA programming languages. For safety critical development it also supports development with MISRA C, Embedded C++, and both the SPARC and Ravenscar Ada language subsets.

Green Hills Software continues to address the requirements of a broad range of industries, including consumer, defense, networking and telecommunications, with its universal INTEGRITY operating system, velOSity microkernel, middleware and MULTI development environment.

Flexible Licensing

Green Hills Platforms are available under a wide range of flexible licensing options in order to meet each customer’s needs, from product-specific to enterprise-wide. In addition, Green Hills Software offers a choice of perpetual licenses or annual subscriptions, allowing users to select the model that best suits their development and budget requirements - all royalty free.

About Green Hills Software

Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software, Inc. is the technology leader in Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) and Device Software Optimization (DSO) for 32- and 64-bit embedded systems. Our royalty-free INTEGRITY® RTOS, velOSity™ microkernel, compilers, MULTI® and AdaMULTI™ Integrated Development Environments and TimeMachine™ debugger offer a complete development solution that addresses both deeply embedded and high-reliability applications. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software on the web at

Green Hills, the Green Hills logo, MULTI, INTEGRITY, velOSity, AdaMULTI and TimeMachine, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Green Hills Software, Inc. in the U.S. and/or internationally. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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