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Blunk Microsystems Offers CrossStep™ IDE

TargetOS™ ported to Cortus APS processor cores

Cortus, a technology leader in low-power, silicon-efficient, 32-bit processor IP, and Blunk Microsystems, an embedded software supplier, announce the availability of Blunk's CrossStepTM IDE and TargetOSTM real time operating system (RTOS) for the Cortus' APS processor cores today.

Blunk's CrossStepTM is an Eclipse alternative for embedded developers that includes a high-level source debugger GUI, a project manager/builder, and integrated kernel awareness. It supports JTAG debug interfaces, as well as debug-over-Ethernet connections via Blunk's advanced debug monitor. It is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that uses the GNU gcc and gdb.

"Today's system-on-chip developers require software tools designed for embedded development," said Tim Stoutamore, CEO at Blunk Microsystems. "Combining Blunk's CrossStep IDE with the Cortus toolchain provides the features needed for the timely delivery of Cortus projects". He adds, "Cortus licensees now have the opportunity to use Blunk's fast, small, pre-emptive TargetOS and extensive line of mature middleware." Blunk's embedded file systems and TCP/IP stack are widely used in industrial control and consumer electronics devices.

"We welcome the porting of the CrossStep IDE and TargetOS RTOS from Blunk Microsystems," said Mr. Michael Chapman, CEO and President of Cortus, "This further extends the choice of both tools for software development and RTOS for our customers."

Cortus licenses a range of low power, silicon efficient, 32-bit processor cores supporting a range of computational performance and supporting different system complexity. The cores start from entry-level 32-bit cores suitable for upgrading 8-bit cores to cores supporting caches, co-processors and symmetric multiprocessing systems. They share the simple vectored interrupt structure, which ensures rapid, real time interrupt response, with low software overhead.

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