SOURCE: Green Hills Software, Inc.

September 26, 2006 08:00 ET

Green Hills Software Announces SuperTrace Probe and TimeMachine for ColdFire® Embedded Controllers

Brings Award-Winning Tool Suite to Freescale's ColdFire Microcontroller Family

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 26, 2006 -- EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONFERENCE -- Green Hills Software, Inc., the technology leader in device software optimization (DSO) and real-time operating systems (RTOS), today announced that the SuperTrace probe and TimeMachine suite are now available for Freescale's ColdFire microcontrollers. TimeMachine enables developers to visualize and replay their software's execution, allowing bugs and inefficiencies to be easily and quickly eliminated, thereby resulting in higher reliability products and faster time-to-market.

"TimeMachine brings a level of visibility into system execution that has never before been available for the ColdFire architecture," commented Renee Mitchell, operations manager of Freescale's Consumer and Industrial Microcontroller Operation. "TimeMachine enables developers of ColdFire architecture-based products to fix bugs fast, optimize their code with ease, and test with confidence. We are pleased with Green Hills Software's continued commitment to technological innovation and to the ColdFire family."

"Adding to our top performing compilers and debug probes for ColdFire, the release of SuperTrace probe and TimeMachine extends Green Hills Software's technology leadership for ColdFire device software optimization tools," commented Andre Yew, director of engineering at Green Hills Software.

About TimeMachine

The TimeMachine debugger provides developers the ability to run and step an application back in time after a failure occurs, allowing easy identification of its root cause. This avoids the tedious and open-ended process of trial-and-error debugging required by previous generations of debuggers. The TimeMachine suite also includes a number of visualization tools, such as the PathAnalyzer, which bring to light complex system execution flow, making it easier to locate and mitigate performance bottlenecks.

About SuperTrace Probe

The SuperTrace probe supports trace ports running at speeds beyond 300 MHz, collecting enormous amounts of trace data while the CPU executes at full speed. TimeMachine then analyzes the trace data to reconstruct the code execution steps that the processor followed. The SuperTrace probe provides both a means of controlling the processor's trace logic and a channel for capturing trace data while the processor is running. In addition to the trace features, the SuperTrace probe also includes all the run-control features of the Green Hills probe.

About the Freescale ColdFire Architecture

ColdFire architecture delivers the aggressive price/performance required by the cost-sensitive embedded market. The variable-length RISC ColdFire architecture gives customers greater flexibility to lower memory and system costs. Small and inexpensive, the static ColdFire core also lowers system cost because it is completely synthesizable and easily integrated with memories, system modules, and peripherals.


SuperTrace probe and TimeMachine for ColdFire are available today for the ColdFire MCF52xx, MCF53xx and MCF54xx families.

About Green Hills Software

Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software, Inc. is the technology leader in device software optimization (DSO) and real-time operating systems (RTOS) for 32- and 64-bit embedded systems. Our royalty-free INTEGRITY® RTOS, velOSity™ kernel, micro-velOSity™ microkernel, compilers, MULTI® and AdaMULTI™ integrated development environments and TimeMachine™ tool suite offer a complete development solution that addresses both deeply embedded and high-reliability applications. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software on the web at

Green Hills, the Green Hills logo, MULTI, INTEGRITY, velOSity, micro-velOSity, AdaMULTI, TimeMachine, and PathAnalyzer, 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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