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Auto processor platform geared to burn development rubber

Posted: 30 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:enea embedded automotive platform? ee-Aato? software platform? freescale semiconductor? hc12?

The Enea Embedded Automotive Platform, or EE-Auto, a real-time software platform tooled for Freescale Semiconductor's HC12 mcu: HIF boot mode" target=_blank>microcontrollers (MCUs), focuses on automotive applications, promising to speed development, integration, and debugging.

For example, EE-Auto helps users design advance advanced control systems with multiple linked 16bit controllers using one RTOS kernel. Specifically, the platform's message-based interprocess communications framework is said to simplify distributed design by letting multiple MCUs run separate processeslike engine control, braking, telematics and so onas if on one processor.

Toward this end, EE-Auto combines OSE's Epsilon RTOS with a development environment; distributed interprocess communications framework; and networking subsystem that includes a TCP/IP stack, Web server, embedded file system, and Internet utilities. Also included is an application programming interface and support for dynamic downloading for downloading applications already in the field.

EE-Auto is geared for Freescale's M68HC12 and M68HCS12 high-speed 16bit MCUs, which include on-board memory, timers, analog-to-digital converters, flash memory and communication interfaces.

Development tools for OSE Epsilon running on M68HCS12 processors include IAR Systems' Embedded Workbench, featuring a C/C++ compiler and OSE-aware C-Spy debugger. In addition, an OSE "soft kernel" simulator from Enea lets users develop and test code on a host PC without the need for target hardware.

Separately, Enea announced plans to bundle one of two flash file systems from HCC-Embedded with EE-Auto. The file systems, EFFS-TINY and EFFS-STD, should make it easier to roll out infotainment features like MP3 players and navigation systems.

EE-Auto is available now for Freescale HC12 processors. Prices start at $8,000 for a one-to-10 developers seat.

- Gil Bassak


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