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Green Hills Software Announces New Development Tools and Operating Systems for Texas Instrumentsí DaVinci™ Technology

Green Hills Single Integrated Development Environment Enables Rapid Design Implementation

February 28, 2006
—Green Hills Software, Inc., the technology leader in real-time operating systems (RTOS) and device software optimization (DSO), today unveiled its MULTI integrated development environment (IDE) and INTEGRITY real-time operating system (RTOS) for DaVinci™ technology from Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) (NYSE: TXN). Developed in partnership with TI, the Green Hills DSO solution for DaVinci technology provides a comprehensive suite of development tools and operating systems for TI’s multicore TMS320DM644x processors based on DaVinci technology.

TI's DaVinci technology is the collection of a DSP-based system-on-chip, integrating DSP and ARM cores, accelerators, peripherals, third party support and necessary software and tools tailored for efficient and compelling digital video and its associated audio.

“When we first introduced our leading embedded IDE in 1990, we named it MULTI based on a vision for supporting multi-processor, multi-operating system, multi-threaded, multi-language systems, all from a single environment. MULTI for DaVinci technology is the quintessential embodiment of this vision,” said David Kleidermacher, vice president of engineering, Green Hills Software.

“Offering developers the necessary tools needed to begin digital video product innovation and differentiation, MULTI is a key part of the ecosystem surrounding DaVinci technology,” said Greg Mar, worldwide DSP SoC platform manager, TI. “The availability of INTEGRITY for processors based on DaVinci technology will also expand the application possibilities for digital video.”

MULTI supports DaVinci technology product development

MULTI for DaVinci technology seamlessly integrates the industry’s most advanced ARM compiler from Green Hills along with TI’s award winning Code Composer Studio™ integrated development environment compiler for TI’s TMS320C64x+™ core. This means that MULTI alone can support the DM644x processors, which integrate an ARM core and TI’s C64x+™ DSP core. MULTI supports advanced kernel and OS-aware debugging for Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY and velOSity real-time operating systems (RTOS) as well as Linux for DaVinci technology. For TI's C64x+ core, MULTI is integrated with TI’s DSP/BIOS™ real-time kernel, including support for full DSP/BIOS kernel awareness from MULTI. The Green Hills probe, an advanced hardware debug device, can simultaneously debug applications running on both the ARM and C64x+ DSP cores using a single connection. For communication between the ARM and C64x+ core, MULTI, Linux and INTEGRITY have support for TI’s DSP/BIOS Link, an interprocessor communication library.

Royalty-free INTEGRITY RTOS for DaVinci technology

INTEGRITY, the premier royalty-free RTOS for use in high-reliability embedded systems, is the most reliable RTOS to be offered for the ARM core based on DaVinci technology. Demonstrating the highest growth in RTOS market share over the past four years, INTEGRITY’s success is because of its advanced technological design, incorporating memory protection, guaranteed resource availability, field upgradeability, optimal real-time response and the world’s leading development tools integration with Green Hills Software’s MULTI IDE. In addition, the INTEGRITY royalty-free business model makes it ideal for high-volume consumer electronics, such as next generation digital audio and video end-equipment applications.

Linux/ARM Debugging

Developers employing Linux on the ARM core of the DM644x processors can now use MULTI’s Linux debug capabilities that include:

  • Linux GUI-based Operating System Awareness (OSA)
  • The ability to debug user mode Linux applications from a stop-mode (JTAG) connection
  • The ability to debug multi-threaded, multi-process Linux applications from a run-mode (Ethernet) connection, using powerful debug agent developed by Green Hills Software
  • Green Hills Software ARM compilers that generate 20 to 30 percent smaller and faster code than the GCC compilers that are bundled with Linux
  • The ability to debug the Linux kernel graphically using the Green Hills probe
  • The ability to debug loadable Linux modules from their entry points


Green Hills Software brings its award-winning TimeMachine tool suite to DaVinci technology, enabling developers to find and eradicate the most difficult bugs quickly. The Green Hills SuperTrace probe records ARM processor execution non-intrusively. TimeMachine is then used to analyze this trace to find bugs, performance problems and understand system behavior. With TimeMachine, developers can even debug backwards in time to find the cause of subtle corruptions and other problems.

Availability and Pricing

The Green Hills MULTI IDE, Linux advanced debugging support and the Green Hills probe for DaVinci technology are available today. INTEGRITY, velOSity, and the SuperTrace probe with TimeMachine is scheduled for this month. Contact for further details.

About the Texas Instruments Developer Conference

The 2006 TI Developer Conference (TIDC) features the latest in high-performance digital signal processing, high-performance analog and microcontroller system designs. TI CEO Rich Templeton will be joined by industry leaders, embedded designers, engineers, project managers, educators and other TI executives from around the world for the conference, held from February 28 – March 2, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas. Including keynote speakers, technical presentations and live demonstrations, the conference offers intensive learning and hands-on interaction with cutting edge products to empower the development of the next-generation of video, audio, communications and control applications. For more information, visit

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

About Texas Instruments Incorporated

Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers’ real-world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductors, the company’s businesses include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries.

Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at

Green Hills, the Green Hills logo, MULTI, INTEGRITY, velOSity, AdaMULTI, SuperTrace and TimeMachine, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Green Hills Software, Inc. in the U.S. and/or internationally. DaVinci, TMS320C64x+, C64x+, DSP/BIOS and XDS560 are trademarks of Texas Instruments, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:

Green Hills Software, Inc.
Barbel French
Tel: 805-965-6044

Texas Instruments
Lisa Ferrara
Tel: 281-274-4213
North American Sales Contact:
Green Hills Software, Inc.
30 West Sola Street,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101,
Tel: 805-965-6044
Fax: 805-965-6343

Kellie Potucek
Tel: 713-513-9576


International Sales Contact:
Green Hills Software Ltd.
Fleming Business Centre
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Hampshire SO50 9PD
Tel: +44 (0)2380 649660
Fax: +44 (0)2380 649661