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September 21, 2009 15:53 ET

Hardware-Assisted Debugging Offers Linux OS-Aware Support for Intel® Atom™ Processors

Debugging in the Linux Environment Will Secure Early Design Wins for Intel® Atom™ Processor-Based MIDs and Other Mobile and Embedded Devices and in Emerging Linux OS-Rich Markets Such as China

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 21, 2009) - Intel Developer's Forum -- Arium, an industry leader in hardware-assisted development tools for almost three decades, today announced the release of ground-breaking debugging technology supporting Linux OSs. The technology offers substantial improvements for Intel®-based software and firmware development assisting engineers to bring designs to market faster and with higher quality.

The move by Arium is intended to secure early design wins in embedded applications for Intel® Atom™ processor-based MIDs and other mobile devices in North America, Europe, and Linux OS-rich markets such as China.

Linux for embedded designs and mobile applications, including mobile devices, is already the OS of choice in China and India. According to market research firm In-Stat, Linux is the #1 embedded operating system in China, Taiwan, South Korea, and the rest of Asia, and by 2012, total shipments of mobile Linux-based smart phones in China will account for about 25.4% of total shipments of smart phones in China.

"As embedded Linux becomes more pervasive on Intel architecture, engineers demand higher level of visibility and control. Arium is providing new technology in the marketplace to meet this demand," said Larry Traylor, Arium's CEO. "We decided to step up and provide a new paradigm for debugging in the Linux environment."

Many developers who use tools with other embedded OSs are used to advanced GUI tools such as IDEs to debug board support packages, OS kernels, device drivers, and applications. Linux development typically is done using command-line debug methodologies and/or debug hooks coded into source. Until now no tool source offered developers the ability to debug from board reset all the way through threaded applications.

The introduction of the ECM-XDP3 JTAG emulator and the SourcePoint 7.7.1 debugger supporting Intel® Atom™ processors offers programmers a complete seamless Linux debug environment. The benefits of hardware-assisted debugging can be realized, which include flash programming, non-intrusive real-time target operation, complete visibility after a hardware catastrophic event, real-time code execution trace, and hardware programming when code is not available.

Availability of the new JTAG-based Linux OS-aware technology is immediate and being demonstrated at the Intel Developer's Forum this week. The Arium solution works with popular Linux builds including Moblin, MontaVista Linux, Wind River Linux, and all 2.6 versions from Kernel.org.

About Arium

Arium, a privately held company headquartered in Tustin, CA, is a supplier of hardware and software development tools for Intel® Atom™, Intel® Pentium®, Intel® Celeron®, and Intel® Xeon® processor families, among others. American Arium tools are used worldwide to debug software in embedded Linux applications, BIOS, device drivers, and OS kernels. Arium is a proud member of the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance and for over 15 years has teamed with Intel Corporation to develop in-circuit emulation tools to support the Intel® Pentium® and other processors.

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