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GUI suite targets embedded Linux distro

Dec 10, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 18 views

Tilcon Software is shipping a version of its embedded GUI (graphical user interface) toolkit designed to work with Wind River Linux. Tilcon's Interface Development Suite (IDS) 5.5.5 for Wind River is aimed at embedded applications in industrial, defense, medical, automotive, and mobile… devices, says the company.

(Click for palette of GUIs developed with IDS)

Tilcon's IDS can be used to build “fast, flicker-free interfaces, instrument clusters, and complex visualization systems,” says the company. The tool features a drag-and-drop interface builder, property sheets for customizing appearance, behavior, resources, and actions, and a “wide” range of GUI and HMI objects, the company says. There is also a GIS application development module and Rhapsody UML (unified modeling language).

IDS is based on the Tilcon Embedded Vector Engine (EVE), pictured at the bottom center of the diagram below. This scalable graphics kernel is said to manage display and user interaction events as a service to distributed API clients. Working directly with native RTOSes such as Linux, EVE interacts with core graphics libraries, including WindML, Win32, Photon, and OpenGL ES.

Tilcon IDS screen displays

Stated Ron Boivin, VP of Tilcon, “By leveraging Wind River's operating systems, media enablement assets, and graphic subsystems, we help our customers to produce compelling user interfaces with exceptional responsiveness.”

Ottawa-based Tilcon announced version 5.5.5 of IDS in February.


Tilcon's Interface Development Suite 5.5.5 for Wind River Linux is available now at an undisclosed price, says the company. It also supports Wind River VxWorks, enabling deployment across both platforms without modifying the underlying UI code, claims Tilcon.

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