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RTXC Kernel Awareness Module from Quadros Systems Now Available for Keil Vision Debugger

First third-party plug-in for popular embedded tool suite.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) July 14, 2008 -- Quadros Systems, Inc., a leading supplier of configurable and scalable real-time operating systems (RTOS) today announced that the kernel-aware debug module for the RTXC Quadros RTOS is now available for the Keil™ µVision debugger for ARM7™ and ARM9™ families and Cortex™-M3 processors. The advanced kernel analysis tool displays detailed data about kernel activity enabling developers to quickly identify and resolve performance problems in their application. This is the first announced third-party plug-in for the ARM® RealView® Microcontroller Development Kit (MDK), which features the Keil µVision debugger, and will work with the entire RTXC kernel family: RTXC Single Stack, RTXC Multi-stack and RTXC Dual Mode.

Effective embedded system debugging requires an intimate knowledge of kernel objects and their interrelationship to the application. Kernel awareness aids in the complex decoding of memory content to solve even the simplest of problems. However, embedded debugging environments, such as the Keil µVision debugger, because they are RTOS-agnostic, have generic memory and register displays that cannot display data structures specific to third-party RTOSes. The RTXC Quadros kernel awareness module presents a well-organized set of views for RTXC Quadros kernel objects and the data associated with each instance of these objects. These viewing windows are fully integrated into the Keil µVision IDE.

The RTXC Quadros kernel awareness module presents graphical views of the state of all kernel objects at a debugger breakpoint. The module does not require any footprint or agents on the target processor. Other kernel awareness packages require agents on the target which eventually have to be removed, followed by an additional test and requalification. The RTXC Quadros kernel awareness module also scales automatically to fit the configuration of the kernel as defined by the developer using the RTXCgen kernel configuration tool.

The µVision IDE from Keil, an ARM company, combines project management, make facilities, source code editing, program debugging, and complete simulation in one powerful environment. The µVision development platform is easy-to-use and it helps the user quickly create embedded programs that work. The µVision editor and debugger are integrated in a single application that provides a seamless embedded project development environment.

"The RTXC Quadros RTOS from Quadros Systems offers the powerful combination of high performance and small memory footprint," said Mark Onions, director of marketing, System Design Division, ARM. "The Quadros kernel awareness module is a welcome enhancement to the µVision debugger, providing users with a RTXC aware debug solution which is fully integrated with the µVision environment."

"Keil development tools enjoy strong acceptance in the embedded systems industry," said Stephen Martin, vice president of sales and marketing at Quadros Systems. "We are excited to be able to bring together the high performance RTXC Quadros RTOS and ARM's popular MDK development tool."

The kernel awareness module for Keil is available to licensed users of the RTXC Quadros real-time operating system.

About Keil
Keil, an ARM® company, makes C compilers, macro assemblers, real-time kernels, debuggers, simulators, integrated environments, and evaluation boards for ARM7/ARM9™/Cortex™-M3, XC16x/C16x/ST10, 251, and 8051 processor-based microcontroller families. Products available from Keil include embedded development tools, evaluation software, product updates, application notes, example code and technical support. More information on Keil is available at

About the RTXC Quadros Family of Real-time Operating Systems
The RTXC Quadros family is comprised of four kernel architectures offering distinct performance advantages for each of the major processing models. RTXC/ss (single stack) utilizes a lightweight specialized executive to support high data rate and signal processing applications. RTXC/ms (multi-stack) is optimized for control processing using an event-driven, prioritized, preemptive scheduler. RTXC/dm (dual mode) marries RTXC/ms and RTXC/ss and is ideal for convergent processing applications which combine DSP/dataflow and RISC/control processing in a single-core processor. Both RTXC/ms and RTXC/dm are brought together under RTXC/mp (multiprocessing) in various combinations to support multi-core and multiprocessor implementations.

About Quadros, Systems, Inc.
Quadros Systems, Inc. develops and markets RTXC technology, bringing together RTOS, hardware and software professionals into one development team to provide innovative technology that maximizes real-time responsiveness and eases the development process for customers. The RTXC RTOS family is complemented by VisualRTXC, an easy-to-use, powerful design tool that allows the developer to rapidly move between design concepts and generated C code. In addition to the RTXC RTOS family, Quadros Systems offers a wide range of communications stacks and middleware including RTXCusb (RTOS-agnostic USB stacks and drivers) and RTXCflashfile (a high performance file system for resident flash devices). RTXC products have been deployed worldwide in hundreds of millions of embedded systems, serving markets such as communications, medical, and industrial automation. For more information, contact Quadros Systems, Inc. at 832-351-2830, Quadros Systems Europe at +49 (0) 8807-94350 or visit

Media Contact:
Holly Stephenson
Quadros Systems, Inc.
Tel: 832-351-2830 x105
holly.stephenson @

Marketing Contact:
Stephen Martin
Quadros Systems, Inc.
Tel: 781-210-2393
stephen.martin @

Quadros, RTXC, VisualRTXC, Quark, RTXCusb, and RTXCflashfile and the four-box logo are trademarks of Quadros Systems, Inc. ARM and RealView are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM7, ARM9, Cortex and Keil are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries: ARM, Inc.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan Limited; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; ARM Germany GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Norway, AS. © 2008 Quadros Systems, Inc., all rights reserved.


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