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Green Hills Software Announces Early Access Support for ARMv8-A Based 64-bit Architecture

Initially Targeting ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 processors

NUREMBERG, GERMANY and SANTA BARBARA, CA — February 25, 2014 — embedded world, Hall 4, Stand 325 — Green Hills Software, the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, announced today an industry-first embedded software development solution built on its INTEGRITY® real-time operating system (RTOS) and comprehensive MULTI® integrated development environment (IDE) for the ARM® Cortex®-A50 processor series. With this support, engineering teams get a risk-reducing early start on their next-generation high-performance/low-power product designs in automotive, mobile devices, networking infrastructure, industrial, Mil/Aero and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Green Hills 64-bit enabled solutions for the new ARMv8-A architecture work with the ARM Fast Model virtual platform and consists of:

  • INTEGRITY RTOS which has achieved the highest functional safety certification levels in industrial, medical, automotive and railway, and delivers real-time determinism with high-performance by leveraging the Cortex-A50 processor series featuring a 64-bit architecture and other performance accelerators
  • Record-setting Green Hills C/C++ Optimizing Compilers/assembler and 64-bit toolchain
  • MULTI 64-bit IDE debugger, MISRA C/C++ code quality adherence, profiler and many other integrated timesaving tools.

The Cortex-A57 processor is ARM's most advanced high-performance processor, while the Cortex-A53 processor is the world's smallest 64-bit processor and ARM's most advanced high-efficiency processor. The Cortex-A50 processor series delivers the power of 64-bit processing with advancements in hardware virtualization and TrustZone® security, an improved instruction set architecture and 100% 32-bit application compatibility to enable the next wave of embedded device functionality which is fully compatible with the existing ARM software base.

"ARM is committed to creating a rich, diverse ecosystem to enable the ARMv8-A based architecture to proliferate across a broad set of applications and markets," said Hobson Bullman, general manager of development solutions, ARM. "We are pleased to be working closely together with Green Hills on important early engagements with lead silicon partners and mutual customers using the combination of the ARM Fast Model virtual platform technology and the extensive suite of Green Hills software products."

For more than 15 years, Green Hills has been a leading supplier for ARM processor-based device manufacturers with its safe and secure INTEGRITY real-time operating system, INTEGRITY Multivisor™ secure hypervisor, TimeMachine™ rewind debugger and record-breaking C/C++ compilers — developed in close collaboration with ARM.

"Software development cycles for embedded systems can be delayed waiting for expensive, changing early development hardware," said David Kleidermacher, chief technology officer at Green Hills Software. "Our customers benefit — in both time and resources — by performing their architecture studies and algorithm evaluations in a rich C/C+ development environment with the INTEGRITY RTOS running on a fully-validated simulator. This kind of high-quality early development and testing before silicon availability reduces schedule risk significantly."

Please contact your local Green Hills sales office to learn more about early access to the Green Hills software solutions for ARMv8 and ARM Cortex-A50 processor family.

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-178 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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