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TimeSys releases Eclipse-based IDE for embedded Linux development

Feb 13, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

(PR excerpt) — TimeSys Corporation today announced the full release of its new integrated development environment (IDE) for embedded Linux, TimeStorm 2.0. Powered by Eclipse Technology, the new tool is a standalone Windows- or Linux- hosted graphical IDE for developing C/C++/Java applications for embedded Linux platforms. The tool comes tightly integrated with TimeSys' Professional Edition software development kits (SDKs) for TimeSys Linux 4.0, also introduced today.

TimeStorm 2.0 provides developers of embedded Linux systems with a powerful yet flexible graphical tool for building, editing, deploying, team sharing, and remote debugging. Embedded systems developers will also benefit from using TimeStorm by working across multiple environments, deploying to a wide range of embedded targets, and leveraging the Eclipse Platform's 200-plus complementary plug-ins from other tool vendors.

The new IDE includes a comprehensive source code editor, automated Makefile management, and remote debugging capabilities, and provides project wizards for creating predefined build configurations for four basic project types: application executables, static library files, dynamic library files, and loadable kernel modules. Modular cross-platform compilers and tools allow developers to build, download and debug code for multiple embedded targets, rather than a single target. Additionally, although TimeStorm 2.0 is tightly integrated with TimeSys Linux SDKs, it also provides an ideal IDE for almost any embedded Linux distribution.

Successful beta

TimeSys recently conducted a highly successful beta program centered around TimeStorm 2.0, which included more than 200 participants including developers from Fortune 500 and leading technology companies such as Boeing, Canon, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel Networks, Samsung, Siemens, and Xerox. Beta users were provided with free versions of TimeStorm 2.0 and TimeSys Linux 4.0 for Pentium-class processors and were asked to evaluate the IDE and provide feedback on its features, functionality, and ease of use. Feedback received was overwhelmingly positive, including such comments as:

  • “We are impatient [sic] for the [full] release of TimeStorm 2.0”
  • “It appears it may be the thing I have been looking for to help with projects across my company”
  • “Makefile management and project management features — this should be a great addition”

About Eclipse

Eclipse has established an open-source eco-system of tools providers and consumers by creating technology and an open universal platform for tools integration. The open-source Eclipse community creates royalty-free technology as a platform for tools integration. Eclipse based tools give developers freedom of choice in a multi-language, multi-platform, multi-vendor supported environment. Eclipse delivers a plug-in based framework that makes it easier to create, integrate and use software tools, saving time and money. By collaborating and sharing core integration technology, tool producers can concentrate on their areas of expertise and the creation of new development technology.

The Eclipse Platform is written in the Java language, and comes with extensive plug-in construction toolkits and examples. It has already been deployed on a range of development workstations including HP-UX, Solaris, AIX, Linux, MAC OS X, QNX and Windows based systems. Full details of the Eclipse community and white papers documenting the design of the Eclipse Platform are available at

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