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Meggitt Control Systems Builds Cabin Air Control System with Green Hills Software

Robustness and Quality of Tools Help Achieve High Productivity in Development Cycle


SANTA BARBARA, CA—May 19, 2009 — Green Hills Software, Inc., the world leader in certified safe and secure real-time operating systems (RTOS) and device software optimization (DSO), today announced that Meggitt Control Systems is using Green Hills Software’s comprehensive software development solutions to build a cabin air temperature control system for private cabin-class jets. The Meggitt Control Systems’ bleed air system will be used on the Embraer Legacy 500 midsize and 450 midlight business jets.

"The Green Hills MULTI® integrated development environment (IDE) reduced our project risk during the start-up phase and continues to help us achieve productivity through the robustness and quality of the tools compared to other products that crash or exhibit erroneous behavior," said Adam Saenz, software engineer, Meggitt Control Systems. "MULTI is easy to use and allows me to quickly launch views that help me debug programs efficiently."

Meggitt Control Systems chose Green Hills Software because of its single vendor support for the MULTI compiler, debugger, Green Hills Probe JTAG and other tools. The MULTI IDE is pre-configured to support the Freescale 55xx target, assisting with ease in processor bring-up and resulting in savings in schedule time and expenses.

About the Meggitt Control Systems Air Cabin Control System
The Meggitt Control Systems Pneumatic System will actively control a series of smart and shut-off valves to supply air from the aircraft jet engines to several systems aboard the aircraft. These systems include cockpit, cargo and cabin environmental and pressurization systems. Bleed air from the jet engines is also supplied to the aircraft’s anti-icing system. Meggitt’s Control System will be certified to DO-178B Level A standards, underscoring the critical nature of the Pneumatic System.

About the Green Hills Software MULTI IDE
Green Hills Software’s MULTI integrated development environment (IDE) includes the industry’s most powerful and proven tools for developing embedded software with maximum reliability, maximum performance, and minimum code size. The MULTI IDE’s sophisticated capabilities allow developers to develop, debug, and optimize code more quickly, significantly reducing both development cost and time. The Green Hills Software IDE includes:

  • MULTI and AdaMULTI™ development tools
  • Green Hills compilers—C, C++, Ada and Fortran
  • TimeMachine™—4-D debugging tool suite which allows backward run and step functionality
  • DoubleCheck™—integrated static source code analyzer

"We're proud of Meggitt Control Systems' decision to use Green Hills Software for the development of their bleed air system for the Embraer executive jets of the future," commented David Kleidermacher, CTO, Green Hills Software. "The use of our integrated development suite has helped our customers to deploy cutting edge products to market faster and at the lowest possible manufacturing and development cost."

About Meggitt
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialized extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in civil and military aerospace equipment, sensing systems, combat support and defense systems training.

About Meggitt Control Systems
Meggitt Control Systems is a leading supplier of thermal management, environmental control, smart electronic control systems and specialized valves for aerospace, defense and ground vehicle applications in extreme environments where high reliability is key. Meggitt Control Systems is a Strategic Business Unit of Meggitt, PLC.

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. In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178B RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by the NSA to EAL6+ High Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved. Our INTEGRITY® and velOSity™ real-time operating systems, µ-velOSity™ microkernel, compilers, IPv6-ready TCP/IP networking stacks, GateD® Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 routing, MULTI® and AdaMULTI™ integrated development environments, DoubleCheck™ integrated static analyzer 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 at www.ghs.com.

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