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Green Hills Software Advances Multicore Debugging Leadership with Latest Probe Release

Adds SMP Operating System Debug Features and Support for Latest Microprocessors


SANTA BARBARA, CA—August 18, 2009—Green Hills Software, Inc., the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, today announced the latest firmware release of its leading hardware-assisted microprocessor debugging solution, the Green Hills Probe. In combination with Green Hills Software’s comprehensive MULTI® software development environment, the Green Hills Probe enables software developers to gain the control and visibility required to perform board bring-up, device driver development, and other system debugging tasks in the least amount of time and with the lowest development cost.

This release of the Green Hills Probe provides support for symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) operating systems, such as Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY® real-time operating system. Green Hills Probe enables a seamless and powerful SMP debugging experience by providing synchronized multi-core run-control, inter-core cache coherency features, and intelligent inter-core breakpoint management. Application and device driver developers will be able to find and fix bugs faster, resulting in faster time-to-market for end products.

The release adds support for the latest microprocessors including ARM Cortex A8-based processors - such as the Texas Instruments OMAP 3530 and Freescale i.MX515, the dual core Freescale MPC8641D, and a major overhaul of ColdFire® support, including the MCF5222x, MCF225x, and MCF227x processors.

"We are pleased that Green Hills Software continues to advance its innovative multicore debugging and operating system solutions," commented Ravi Swaminathan, director of software ecosystem alliances for Freescale. "The Green Hills Probe helps developers using advanced Freescale processors, such as the dual core MPC8641D, create more reliable products, faster."

"The Green Hills Probe has become the must-have, tried-and-true, ultra-reliable, high performance debugging device for thousands of embedded developers," commented David Kleidermacher, chief technology officer of Green Hills Software. "The advanced software architecture of the probe enabled us to rapidly innovate the firmware to manage the complex landscape of embedded processor revisions and capabilities."

About the Green Hills Probe
The Green Hills Probe is the fastest and smartest debug probe ever built. Harnessed through the MULTI integrated development environment or a fully scriptable Web 2.0 interface, the third-generation Green Hills Probe helps embedded developers find and fix bugs faster than ever before. With download rates in excess of 10 MB per second, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 High Speed, and a flexible electrical interface, the Green Hills Probe will debug a wider range of CPUs faster than any other probe. The Green Hills Probe uses hand-placed custom logic and a highly optimized software path to attain its unprecedented speed.

The Green Hills Probe brings a new level of intelligence and versatility to the world of JTAG debug probes. On-board flash programming support for virtually every NOR flash part available, built-in Python scripting with full access to all JTAG and debug port functionality, and a fully scriptable Web 2.0 interface enable the Green Hills Probe to be used for every phase of the product cycle.

Built with INTEGRITY
The Green Hills Probe is powered by Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY, the leading market share high-reliability real-time operating system. The INTEGRITY RTOS’s partitioning architecture and ultra-fast response time enabled the creation of a probe that is modular, reliable, and easy to use while attaining performance levels that have never before been achieved.

About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software, Inc. is the largest independent vendor of embedded development solutions. 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 for any software product. Our open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the military/avionics, medical, industrial, automotive, networking, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom.

Green Hills, the Green Hills logo, MULTI and INTEGRITY 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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