FreeRTOS Now Available for Tensilica Processors

FreeRTOS is Aimed at IoT and Wearable Applications Combining Control and DSP Functions

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 15, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), today announced that the FreeRTOS™ real-time operating system is now available for Cadence® Tensilica® processors and digital signal processors (DSPs). FreeRTOS is a popular, scalable, easy-to-use real-time kernel designed specifically for small, low-power embedded systems. According to a 2013 market share study from UBM Tech, FreeRTOS had been selected for 13 percent of embedded projects that utilize an embedded operating system (OS), and is a very popular option for microcontrollers as well as smaller 32-bit processor cores.

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"The availability of FreeRTOS on Tensilica processors and DSPs means that Cadence customers now have the option to join the many developers worldwide who already benefit from the ease of use and bullet-proof reliability of FreeRTOS. We look forward to welcoming Tensilica users to our global community," said Richard Barry, FreeRTOS developer and principal engineer of Real Time Engineers Ltd.

FreeRTOS makes it easier for programmers to develop complex real-time software that combines control and DSP threads, and FreeRTOS has specific support for Internet of Things (IoT) applications that helps customers get to market faster. Tensilica processors and DSPs are ideal for wearables and other IoT applications that combine wireless digital signal processing with control. By combining digital signal processing and control, designers can develop lower power, more efficient chips.

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