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Green Hills Software Announces INTEGRITY RTOS and MULTI IDE Support for Altera's Cyclone V SoC

Integrated ARM-based Hard Processor System (HPS) Combined with FPGA Advances Reductions in System Power, Cost and Board Space

SANTA BARBARA and SAN JOSE, CA — April 23, 2013 — DESIGN West, Booth 1320 — Green Hills Software, the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, today announced the upcoming availability of its industry-leading INTEGRITY® RTOS and comprehensive software development and run-time solutions for the Altera® Cyclone® V SoC. Green Hills Software supported solutions include the INTEGRITY real-time operating system (RTOS) with SMP configuration; its award-winning MULTI® integrated development environment (IDE); a full suite of middleware including network stacks, file systems and conformant POSIX; and the Green Hills JTAG Probe.

"Our Cyclone V SoC products provide customers a superior architecture, both from a silicon and an embedded software perspective, and the addition of Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS and MULTI tools support only furthers our architectural advantage," said Chris Balough, senior director of SoC product marketing at Altera. "Support for INTEGRITY RTOS and MULTI tools enables our customers to quickly develop small footprint, low-cost and high-performance scalable systems with absolute reliability and safety targets in mind."

Altera Cyclone V SoCs include several distinctive features that enable developers in the wireless communications, industrial, video surveillance, automotive and medical equipment markets to create custom SoC variants optimized for system power, board space, performance and cost requirements. The integrated ARM-based hard processor system found in the Cyclone V SoC consists of a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, peripherals, and memory interfaces, and is connected with the FPGA fabric using a high-bandwidth interconnect backbone.

With the Cyclone V SoCs, Altera is the only FPGA vendor today shipping SoCs that offer 32-bit error correction code (ECC) support, which helps ensure data integrity throughout the memory system. ECC support is a requirement for customers who are designing highly reliable systems. ECC functionality is built into the SoC's external DRAM memory interface and an extensive number of on-chip memory instances and peripheral interfaces, including L2 Cache, scratch RAM, Ethernet MACs, USB ports and flash memory interfaces. Other unique features in the device family include a high-bandwidth memory controller with built-in memory protection, flexible boot capability and integrated PCI Express® (PCIe®) across all SoC devices.

The comprehensive Green Hills support for the Altera Cyclone V SoC includes:

  • INTEGRITY real-time operating system (RTOS) with SMP configuration
  • Full suite of middleware, with:
    - High reliability / journaling file systems
    - Wear leveling FLASH storage
    - TCP/IP v4/v6 Network stack
    - POSIX Conformant System interfaces
  • Award-winning MULTI development environment
  • Industry's fastest C/C++ ARM compilers
  • Green Hills JTAG Probe

Green Hills Software's flagship run-time offering is the INTEGRITY RTOS. The INTEGRITY RTOS' success is due to its advanced separation kernel architecture, incorporating memory protection, guaranteed resource availability, secure remote management and deterministic real-time response. INTEGRITY technology is independently certified to numerous safety and security standards in industrial safety: the highest level for industrial safety certification (IEC-61508 SIL 3), and the highest level of security certification (Common Criteria - ISO/IEC 15408), railway safety (EN 50128 SWSIL 4), medical (FDA Class III), the avionics (DO-178B Level A), and EAL 6+, High Robustness, the highest Common Criteria security level ever achieved for any software product.

In addition, the Green Hills tool suite has recently been independently qualified by multiple agencies for use in developing application code that requires certification up to the highest safety levels, covering industrial safety IEC 61508 SIL 4, railway EN 50128 SIL 4 and the new automotive ISO 26262 ASIL D standard.

"Combining the INTEGRITY RTOS's independent certification pedigree and proven use in the world's most reliable systems with Altera's ECC-enabled SoCs empowers customers to develop the most advanced, highly reliable solutions, while achieving excellent power, performance, size and cost metrics," commented Dan Mender, vice president business development, Green Hills Software. "Altera's Cyclone V SoCs provide the ultimate combination of hardened intellectual property (IP) for performance and power savings with the flexibility of programmable logic."

Green Hills Software will sell its solutions for the Altera Cyclone V SoC in 2Q 2013.

About Green Hills Software

Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software 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 NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership comprised of NSA & NIST) to EAL 6+, 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

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