eCosCentric announces eCosPro ST40A Starter Kit

CAMBRIDGE, UK -- August 26, 2005 -- eCosCentric Limited, the eCos and RedBoot experts, today announced availability of the eCosPro® Starter Kit for distribution with the STMicroelectronics ST40RA evaluation boards. The eCosPro Starter Kit is a commercial grade distribution of the eCos RTOS for deeply embedded systems, including a GNU-based compiler/debugger toolchain, graphical eCos Configuration tool and certified RedBoot binaries.

"Building this eCosPro Starter Kit for STMicroelectronics in response to customer demand, has been an interesting project that typifies both the growing use of eCosPro and the manner in which system software is selected at the design phase with hardware" remarked Daniel Morris, Sales & Marketing Director at eCosCentric. "The qualities of the ST40 architecture that position it so well for in-car multimedia, telematic and data intensive applications are best harnessed through the low profile, configurable and feature-rich eCosPro runtime".

"Our confidence in eCosCentric's professional services was reinforced by the quality and timeliness of their delivery" said Andy Hurman, Business Development Manager at STMicroelectronics, "allowing a key customer to meet their volume manufacturing window."

The eCosPro Starter Kit allows all ST40RA customers to rapidly evaluate eCosPro on the ST40 architecture. eCosCentric also offers a direct upgrade to the full eCosPro Developer's Kit complementing the Starter Kit contents with commercial support & advice, graphical IDE & debugger based on Eclipse, a thread-safe FAT16 filesystem optimised for removable media and C++ runtime (including Standard Template Library). Third party components certified with eCosPro include a Java Virtual Machine and Graphical User Interfaces.

About eCosPro

eCosPro is a stable, fully tested and supported version of the eCos open source real-time operating system and RedBoot bootstrap firmware. The eCosPro Developer's Kit is a distribution of eCosPro which includes prebuilt eCos host tools and compiler toolchains, full documentation, an Eclipse-based integrated development environment to streamline eCos application development and a libstdc++ implementation for selected architectures.

About eCosCentric

Founded in April 2002, eCosCentric is the leading provider of eCos and RedBoot support, training, development and consulting services worldwide. Staffed by the original eCos creators and highly experienced embedded system and software engineers, eCosCentric provides complete solutions consisting of run-time systems, complementary host tools and certified third party applications.

About STMicroelectronics

STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2004, the Company's net revenues were $8.76 billion and net earnings were $601 million. Further information on ST can be found at

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