Altium's New TASKING R8C/Tiny toolset supports new derivatives and Renesas E7 emulator

SYDNEY, Australia—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 6, 2004— Altium Limited (ASX:ALU), a leading developer of Windows-based electronics design software, today announced the release of version 1.1 of its TASKING R8C software development toolset which now has support for the entire range of R8C/Tiny devices and a new interface to the Renesas E7 emulator. The R8C/Tiny is a high-performance new series of 16-bit microcontrollers from Renesas Technology Corporation. It allows developers to target a broad range of applications by offering a small pin count and flash memory at a very competitive price.

The TASKING R8C/Tiny toolset brings embedded developers the power of Altium's proprietary Viper compiler technology and its integrated embedded development environment, allowing them to take full advantage of the benefits of this new, cost-effective microcontroller. "Altium's toolset provides the ability to develop highly efficient code which is both fast and compact, enabling customers to fully exploit this high-performance, low-cost microcontroller," said David Noverraz, product manager support tools, Renesas Technology Europe.

"With the new version of the toolset, our customers now have access to the full range of R8C/Tiny devices and can use the Renesas E7 emulator to debug on the physical hardware," said Jeroen C. Verheijen, product manager for TASKING tools, Altium.

Pricing and availability

The TASKING R8C/Tiny Software Development Toolset v1.1 includes the TASKING EDE, C compiler, CrossView Pro simulator, ROM monitor debugger, E7 emulator interface and R8C flasher, and is available on PC/Windows. This package starts at US$1,990 for a PC/Windows single-user license.

A demo version of the toolset is available from or on CD-ROM from Altium's local Sales and Support Centers or distributors. For more product information, visit or contact your local Altium Sales and Support Center.

About Altium Limited

Altium Limited (ASX:ALU) is a global developer and supplier of electronics design software for the Microsoft Windows environment. Founded in 1985, Altium released the world's first Microsoft Windows-based printed circuit board design tool in 1991 and continues to provide advanced, easy-to-use and affordable software design tools to electronics engineers, designers, and developers worldwide. Altium's products offer tailored solutions covering a range of hardware and software design processes including the well-known Protel, P-CAD and TASKING brands. Altium is headquartered in Sydney, Australia and has sales and support offices in Australia, the United States, Japan and Europe. More information is available at

About Renesas Technology Corp.

Renesas Technology Corp. designs and manufactures highly integrated semiconductor system solutions for mobile, automotive and PC/AV markets. Established on April 1, 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503) and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Renesas Technology is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world and world leading microcontroller supplier globally. Besides microcontrollers, Renesas Technology offers system-on-chip devices, Smart Card ICs, mixed-signal products, flash memories, SRAMs and more.

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