SOURCE: Green Hills Software, Inc.

September 26, 2006 08:00 ET

Green Hills Software Introduces Landmark Release Version 5.0 of Its MULTI Integrated Development Environment

Presents Quantum Leap in Software Development Tools Technology

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 a major new release of its MULTI® integrated development environment (IDE). In development for three years, MULTI 5.0 represents a quantum leap in software development tools technology.

This major release of the most successful embedded IDE in history enables enterprises to achieve total reliability, absolute security and maximum performance with the lowest manufacturing and development costs, while getting to market in record time. In addition to streamlining the software development process, MULTI 5.0 makes it easier and faster than ever to find even the most difficult bugs.

Major Upgrade to TimeMachine

A cornerstone of the MULTI 5.0 release is a major upgrade to Green Hills Software's award-winning TimeMachine suite, including:

--  always-on debugging: TimeMachine data is always being collected and
    processed in the background. Thus, when a problem occurs, the backwards-in-
    time debugging capabilities and analysis tools are always at the
    developer's fingertips.  No extra setup or configuration is necessary.
--  a powerful new PathAnalyzer display that makes complex system
    execution flow easy to understand and navigate. Finding and eradicating
    performance bottlenecks has never been easier.
--  graphing of variable values over time, integrated with the debugger.
--  an API library for adding custom TimeMachine data analyses, such as
    cache hit/miss ratios and power consumption.
In addition to TimeMachine, MULTI 5.0 features a variety of new productivity-enhancing capabilities such as:
--  DoubleCheck™ - a new static source code analysis tool that examines
    the entire application to find reliability and security flaws such as
    buffer overflows, resource leaks, and overly complex functions
--  a new distributed build system that dramatically reduces build times
--  a new, ultra-fast system prototyping tool that provides a powerful
    environment for embedded development when hardware is not yet ready or in
    short supply 
    (For a more detailed description of these three new capabilities,
    refer to today's release "Green Hills Software Announces Major New
    Innovations in MULTI Integrated Development Environment")
--  a new flash programming framework optimized for ultra-fast updates and
    ultra-small footprint
--  improved code generation for the smallest and fastest code possible
--  a new project manager to help create and maintain with ease even the
    most complex applications
--  improved visibility and graphical management of CPU and board level
    hardware features
--  commuter licensing
"For 15 years, Green Hills Software has continued to enhance their MULTI tools suite offering to improve the productivity and efficiency of embedded software development teams, the quality and reliability of the generated software, and improve time-to-market for their customers. MULTI 5.0 continues in this tradition in offering integrated technology enhancements for improved debugging capabilities, static source code analysis, a distributed build system, and their new prototyping/fast simulator tool," commented Steve Balacco, embedded software analyst for Venture Development Corporation.

Most Successful Embedded IDE

With more than ten thousand users over many years, MULTI is by far the most mature and proven technology for optimizing embedded software development. Among many others, companies such as Boeing, Ford, Hewlett Packard, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, Toyota, and Qualcomm have relied on MULTI for the successful development of their products.

"As software complexity has continued to increase, developers more than ever must be armed with technology that enables them to manage this complexity and bring products to market before the competition, while still meeting increasingly critical reliability and performance objectives," said Dan O'Dowd, founder and chief executive officer of Green Hills Software. "MULTI 5.0 focuses specifically on the challenges of multi-thread and multi-core debugging, on generating the smallest and fastest code, and on improving the efficiency of engineers during all phases of the software development process."

"Green Hills Software obviously has a deep understanding of the needs of software engineers, who are producing complex realtime embedded systems to tight deadlines," commented Geoff Patch, software engineering manager of CEA Technologies Pty Ltd. "CEA has been involved in the MULTI 5.0 beta test program, and we feel that Green Hills has definitely hit the sweet spot with the powerful productivity enhancing tools provided in the new version of our favorite development environment."


MULTI 5.0 supports all major 32- and 64-bit processor architectures, including Power Architecture and ARM, and all major host platforms, including Windows and Linux. MULTI 5.0 will be available in Q4 2006.

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, DoubleCheck 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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