News release

Date: 25th February 2015

Blunk Microsystems offers CrossStep™ IDE for Cortus Software Development

TargetOS™ ported to Cortus APS processor cores

Nürnberg, Germany, 25th February 2015Cortus, a technology leader in low-power, silicon-efficient, 32-bit processor IP, and Blunk Microsystems, an embedded software supplier, announce the availability of Blunk’s CrossStep™ IDE and TargetOS™ real time operating system (RTOS) for the Cortus’ APS processor cores today.

Blunk’s CrossStep™ is an Eclipse alternative for embedded developers that includes a high-level source debugger GUI, a project manager/builder, and integrated kernel awareness. It supports JTAG debug interfaces, as well as debug-over-Ethernet connections via Blunk’s advanced debug monitor. It is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that uses the GNU gcc and gdb.

“Today’s system-on-chip developers require software tools designed for embedded development,” said Tim Stoutamore, CEO at Blunk Microsystems. “Combining Blunk’s CrossStep IDE with the Cortus toolchain provides the features needed for the timely delivery of Cortus projects”. He adds, “Cortus licensees now have the opportunity to use Blunk’s fast, small, pre-emptive TargetOS and extensive line of mature middleware.” Blunk’s embedded file systems and TCP/IP stack are widely used in industrial control and consumer electronics devices.

“We welcome the porting of the CrossStep IDE and TargetOS RTOS from Blunk Microsystems,” said Mr. Michael Chapman, CEO and President of Cortus, “This further extends the choice of both tools for software development and RTOS for our customers.”

Cortus licenses a range of low power, silicon efficient, 32-bit processor cores supporting a range of computational performance and supporting different system complexity. The cores start from entry-level 32-bit cores suitable for upgrading 8-bit cores to cores supporting caches, co-processors and symmetric multiprocessing systems. They share the simple vectored interrupt structure, which ensures rapid, real time interrupt response, with low software overhead.

About Blunk Microsystems:
Blunk Microsystems has provided high-performance embedded software for 32-bit processors since 1995. Products include an RTOS, advanced embedded file systems, IPv4 and IPv6 certified TCP/IP stacks, embedded graphics/windowing library, USB stack, embedded web server, high-level source debugger, and integrated GNU-based development environment. Products are implemented in tight, clean code to be fast, small, reliable, and portable. Licensing includes source code and royalty free distribution of executables.

About Cortus S.A.S.:
Cortus S.A.S. is a technology enabler for rapidly growing applications including Internet of Things (IoT), wearable electronic devices, smart sensors and security. It has specialised in 32-bit processor cores which can significantly reduce manufacturing costs while achieving computational performance and power constraints. Over 700 million devices containing Cortus cores are used in a wide range of applications including automotive, CMOS imaging, M2M controllers, secure execution, sensors, SIM cards, PayTV cards, touchscreen controllers, smart metering and wireless. Cortus’ headquarters are in Montpellier, France.

For further information please contact:
Blunk Contact: Tim Stoutamore
+1 (408) 323-1758
Cortus Contact: Roddy Urquhart,
+44 753 158 7023

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