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Green Hills Software and IXXAT Announce EtherCAT® Protocol Support for Freescale Processors Based on Power Architecture® Technology

EtherCAT Protocol Integrated with INTEGRITY® Platform for Industrial Safety Speeds Industrial Solution Development


ORLANDO, FL—June 23, 2010 — Freescale Technology Forum — Green Hills Software, Inc., the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, has collaborated with IXXAT Automation GmbH, a leading provider of data communication products and services for the automation and automotive industries, acontis technologies GmbH, a leader in EtherCAT® Master protocol IP, and Freescale Semiconductor, a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets, to develop an industrial automation reference software solution. The reference software solution dramatically reduces time-to-market and development cost for developers who need to integrate and optimize a certified industrial automation solution.

"Green Hills Software's Platform for Industrial Safety has long been a popular choice for high reliability, real-time industrial applications," commented Alexandra Dopplinger, Global Industrial Segment Lead, Freescale Semiconductor. "This latest collaboration demonstrates real-time performance and EtherCAT communications on a QorIQ™ multicore processor, enabling developers to focus on their product innovation instead of the base system software."

"Designers of industrial automation systems want quick integration of the software building blocks going into their products," commented Joe Fabbre, technical solutions manager, Green Hills Software. "At the same time, safety-related systems require a safety-certified run-time environment with an architecture to support integrating those building blocks in a safe manner; precisely the strength the INTEGRITY Platform for Industrial Safety delivers."

The reference software solution consists of the following components:

This reference software solution will be first demonstrated by Freescale and Green Hills Software in their respective booths in the Technology Lab at the Freescale Technology Forum in Orlando, June 21-24, 2010.

About IXXAT Automation GmbH

IXXAT Automation is a leading provider of data communication products and services for the automation and automotive industries. The company focuses on industrial communication systems based on CAN (CANopen, DeviceNet), Ethernet (POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP), and TCP/IP with the associated transport protocols. Solutions for the automotive industry are mainly based on CAN (diagnosis protocols, SAE J1939), FlexRay, and LIN. IXXAT is experienced in the development of safety-oriented hardware and software in compliance with IEC 61508. In addition to designing system solutions and developing hardware and software, IXXAT supports the implementation and application of CAN and TCP/IP communication systems and offers training and consultation. The extensive product portfolio includes interface cards, test systems, analytical tools, and protocol software. Currently, the company employs a staff of 80, mostly electronics engineers and computer scientists. IXXAT has an ISO 9001-certified quality management system. www.ixxat.com

About acontis technologies GmbH

acontis technologies provides solutions for Industrial Automation and Embedded Technology. Real-time virtualization technology for Windows (the RTOSWin product family) and the AT-EM EtherCAT master stack for embedded real-time operating systems are the company's core products. www.acontis.com

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. Visit Green Hills Software at www.ghs.com.

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