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MICROCONTROLLER INTERFACE STANDARD CLOSER TO BECOMING A REALITY;        
                        (PR Newswire; 04/05/99)                        

  Global Consortium for Embedded Processor Debug Interface Standard             
    Strengthened with Nineteen New Members

 SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Embedded Processor Debug 
Interface Standard Consortium (www.nexus-standard.org) has more than quadrupled 
its membership in the last six months.  The consortium has been working to 
rapidly define a global, open, embedded processor development interface 
standard for embedded control applications.  Nineteen new members have joined 
the original five founding members, adding breadth and depth to the industry-
wide specification development effort.

The founding members, ETAS Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, Hitachi Semiconductor 
(America) Inc., Infineon Technologies (formerly known as Siemens 
Microelectronics), and Motorola Inc., represent embedded processor suppliers 
and independent tools providers.  The new members add valuable software and 
additional hardware expertise, as well as endorsement and support for the 
implementation of the specification. The new members are: Accurate Technologies 
Inc., Applied Dynamics International, Applied Microsystems Corporation, Ashling 
Microsystems Ltd., CAD-UL, Digital Logic Instruments, Embedded System Products 
Inc., Emulation Technology Inc., Green Hills Software, Inc., HIWARE, Integrated 
Systems Inc., Lauterbach Datentechnik GmbH; Metrowerks Corporation, Mitsubishi 
Electric Corporation, Nohau Corporation, Noral Micrologics, PLX Technology, 
Inc., Software Development Systems Inc., and Yokogawa Digital Computer Corp.

The consortium membership now represents all aspects of the technologies 
required for embedded control applications.  The original members provided 
expertise in the areas of semiconductor and hardware development tools.  The 
new members will strengthen the consortium in the areas of software tool 
expertise (emulators, compilers, simulators, debuggers, RTOS's, etc.) as well 
as additional hardware expertise.  The support and involvement of these 
additional companies will assure that this specification receives accurate and 
thorough content development and review, helping to expedite its endorsement 
and implementation.

As the consortium announces its jump in membership, it also reaches an 
important milestone -- the April 1999 release of Version 1.0 of the 
specification.  This is significant because it is expected to be the first 
version to be implemented in new microprocessors and their development tools. 
The new interface will serve to standardize accessibility and functionality 
across a broad range of microprocessors as they are developed.

Although the initial focus of the specification effort has been automotive 
powertrain applications, the goal is to develop a general purpose 
specification, encompassing all industries that will benefit from this standard 
interface, such as data communications and computer peripherals, wireless 
systems and other embedded control applications.

    About the Consortium

    The consortium was organized to rapidly define a global, open,

embedded processor development interface standard for embedded control 
applications. This initiative was organized by leading microprocessor and 
development tools companies.  For more information, visit the consortium web 
site at www.nexus-standard.org.  To contact the consortium members, send email 
to committee@nexus-standard.org.  SOURCE  Global Embedded Processor Debug 
Interface Standard Consortium




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