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Green Hills Software Announces Integration of MULTI IDE with LiveDevicesí RTA-OSEK Operating System

Leading IDE and OSEK RTOS Lower Development Costs for Embedded Automotive Systems
DETROIT, MI, CONVERGENCE 2006—October 16, 2006
Green Hills Software, Inc., the technology leader in device software optimization (DSO) and real-time operating systems (RTOS), and LiveDevices Ltd., (a member of the ETAS Group) the industry leader in providing a variety of software and hardware development tools for electronic control units in passenger cars and trucks, today announced that the RTA-OSEK RTOS has been integrated with the MULTI® integrated development environment (IDE). Developers of automotive ECU software can now reduce their development time, produce code with fewer bugs and lower their production cost with Green Hills Software’s industry-leading ECU development tools combined with RTA-OSEK.

“We are pleased that MULTI has now been validated for use with our RTA-OSEK real-time operating system,” commented James Dickie, RTA-OSEK product manager at LiveDevices. “This solution meets the growing demand from ECU developers for an integration between these leading technologies for ECU software development.”
“A considerable portion of the ECU software running on the world’s automobiles was developed using Green Hills’ software,” said Dan O’Dowd, founder and chief executive officer of Green Hills Software. “Now RTA-OSEK users can take advantage of this solution to minimize time to volume production while maximizing reliability and performance.”


With more than ten thousand users over many years, MULTI is by far the most mature and proven technology for optimizing automotive ECU software. Among many others, companies such as Ford and Toyota have relied on MULTI for the successful development of their products. The MULTI IDE provides powerful debugging, editing, configuration management, code browsing, and other components vital to the ECU software developer’s toolbox. MULTI’s optimizing C, C++ and EC++ compilers generate the fastest and smallest code for 32-bit processors such as the Freescale MPC555x. In addition, MULTI fully conforms to ANSI/ISO C and C++ implementations. To help developers detect bugs early in their development, MULTI provides an easy-to-use interface that automates rule-checking and team-wide enforcement of the MISRA-C:1998 and MISRA-C:2004 safe coding rules.


RTA-OSEK provides a production real-time operating system suitable for applications in all areas of automotive ECU design. It implements the AUTOSAR-OS V1.0 (SC-1) and OSEK/VDX OS V2.2.3 standard and is fully MISRA compliant. An extremely small and fast runtime kernel is supplied for more than 20 popular microcontrollers. The low overhead and advanced timing control features of RTA-OSEK are ideal for powertrain and chassis electronics applications.


RTA-OSEK is available today from LiveDevices, and MULTI is available today from Green Hills Software.

About Green Hills Software

Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software, Inc. is the technology leader in device software optimization (DSO) and real-time operating systems (RTOS) for 32- and 64-bit embedded systems. Our royalty-free INTEGRITY® RTOS, velOSity™ kernel, µ-velOSity™ microkernel, compilers, MULTI® and AdaMULTI™ integrated development environments and TimeMachine™ tool suite 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 LiveDevices/ETAS Group

LiveDevices was founded in 1995 in York, England, and is a leading developer of fast and powerful operating systems for automotive microprocessors. ETAS acquired the company in April 2003 with the objective to combine the ETAS operating system ERCOSEK with the LiveDevices RTA (Real-Time Architect) products to create a new ETAS RTA product family. Together with ETAS and Vetronix (USA), LiveDevices is one of the cornerstones of the ETAS Group, formed in 2003. This group of companies is globally the first and only provider of tools used for all phases of the vehicle life cycle, from development through manufacturing all the way to service. Visit the ETAS Group on the Internet at

Green Hills, the Green Hills logo, MULTI, INTEGRITY, velOSity, µ-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.


North American Sales Contact:
Green Hills Software, Inc.
30 West Sola Street,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101,
Tel: 805-965-6044
Fax: 805-965-6343

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


Media Contacts:
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