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Speed up ARM-based IoT dev't with Express Logic platform

06 Oct 2014

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Express Logic Inc. has announced the X-Ware Platform that it describes as a target-specific, integrated development software that delivers all X-Ware components (ThreadX, NetX, USBX, FileX, GUIX and TraceX) pre-ported and fully integrated for specific development boards. Designing its initial X-Ware Platform targeted to the ARM developer community, and by integrating its ThreadX RTOS and middleware components for use on specific targets, the platform claims to ease and speed up IoT development for products intended for home automation, smart metering, industrial control, medical devices, among others.

Express Logic's X-Ware Platform delivers all the software needed by the products in a fully integrated, ready-to-use form. Much more than just an RTOS kernel, the platform also features IPv4/IPv6 TCP/IP, USB host/device, GUI and file system software libraries, including device drivers, readily accessible from applications via a simple, intuitive API. Customers simply choose the X-Ware Platform combination of RTOS and middleware most suited for their particular application.

X-Ware Platform is designed to work with IAR's Embedded Workbench IDE on ARM-based MPU/MCU development boards, such as the Renesas Cortex-A9, RZ/A1-based RSK. According to the company, X-Ware Platform delivers all of the software technologies required to create real-time, networked, connected, HMI-driven products, all integrated and optimised for high performance, so that developers can focus on their domain expertise.

By custom-constructing each X-Ware Platform for specific development boards, Express Logic saves OEMs the engineering development time needed to produce fully supportable, fully integrated, easy-to-use IoT systems, the company stated. The platform includes support for peripherals such as LCD touchscreens, Ethernet MAC, USB host or device controllers, and SD card media. All are supported with integrated stacks and drivers, ready to use out of the box.

Thanks to IAR Embedded Workbench integration, X-Ware Platform benefits from RTOS-aware debugging support and fully configured project structure, eliminating the need for developers to adapt software from one tool to another. The X-Ware Platform enables rapid prototyping, speeding internal review and customer sampling. By minimising integration and porting, X-Ware Platform shortens time to market and reduces risk, added Express Logic.

Fifteen reference projects, provided for evaluation and product development, illustrate the use of each product individually, as well as in combination, to ensure that IoT developers have a head start on incorporating features such as a graphical user interface with high-speed networking, USB and file management within a real-time system.

All fifteen projects include full application source code, and can be used with licensed full source code X-Ware products or with pre-built binary X-Ware libraries free of charge. The multifunction reference project uses all X-Ware technologies in a single application, providing a multifaceted example for developers to use in building their product applications. Developers can start working on their applications immediately, rather than spending time on configuration, porting and integration before meaningful work can even begin.

The X-Ware Platform is licensed at prices starting at $12,500 with no per-unit royalties. Pre-license evaluation is easy and free. Reference projects can be downloaded and run on a developer's hardware of choice, free of charge. Full source evaluation licenses are available free of charge from Express Logic.

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