Altium Introduces New TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Technology

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Jan 23, 2006 -- Altium Limited (ASX: ALU), leading developer of Windows-based electronics design software, today announced the release of a new TASKING VX-toolset for ARM which provides support for a wide range of ARM® processors, such as the ARM7™, ARM9™ and ARM9E™ processor families.

The TASKING VX-toolset for ARM technology delivers unique and powerful benefits to both ARM Powered® device developers and Altium customers in that it is enhanced with Altium's sophisticated, next-generation Viper C compiler technology, enabling them to take full advantage of the highly popular ARM architecture. With its Viper compiler technology, the TASKING VX-toolset for ARM technology excels in the performance of highly optimized code with the smallest footprint and fastest execution possible.

The Viper framework also enables Altium's engineers to develop sophisticated and mature compilers in shorter timeframes. Developers benefit by gaining access to a technically advanced compiler that includes comprehensive and highly optimized support for all features of the ARM architecture. Viper-based compilers enable developers to deliver high-quality applications to market faster.

Initial benchmarking of the TASKING VX-toolset for ARM technology indicates that the Viper-based ARM compiler provides extremely competitive performance to leading stand-alone professional compiler solutions at an affordable price. This gives customers easy access to the highest quality ARM code generation capabilities as part of their embedded development environment.

"The TASKING VX-toolset for ARM represents an important addition to Altium's extensive & proven range of embedded development products," says Harm-Andre Verhoef, Product Manager, Altium. "Furthermore, the toolsets' competitiveness, ease of use, affordability and compliance with industry standards allows developers to take full advantage of the ARM architecture, with a level of execution speed and code density needed for today's and tomorrow's automotive, industrial and telematics applications. With the release of this toolset, Altium continues to demonstrate its industry leadership in providing easy access to powerful Viper-based compilers for embedded developers."

The TASKING VX-toolset for ARM technology also features up-to-date functionalities such as MISRA C code checking, profiling through code instrumentation and run-time error checking capabilities enabling programmers to develop extremely robust code.

Key highlights of Altium's TASKING VX-toolset for ARM technology include:

--  ISO C++ compiler*, scalable to EC++
--  C compiler, ISO C'99 compliant, with integrated 'MISRA C' enhanced
    code checking
--  Support for various specific ARM architecture features in compiler,
    such as ARM mode, Thumb® mode and mixed mode code generation
--  Assembler with macro-preprocessor
--  C and C++* libraries, run-time libraries, floating-point libraries
--  Linker/locator, which includes support to enable efficient ARM-Thumb
--  CrossView Pro™ debugger with two execution environments
    --    Simulator
    --    OCDS debugging over JTAG*
*Available in the course of 2006.

The C compiler and debugger are also included in Altium Designer, which is available for separate purchase. Altium Designer is the industry's first single, unified application that incorporates all the technologies and capabilities necessary for complete electronic product development. Altium Designer integrates board- and FPGA-level system design, embedded software development for FPGA-based and discrete processors, and PCB layout, editing and manufacturing within a single design environment.

Pricing and availability

The TASKING VX-toolset for ARM technology release v1.1r1 is a complete, integrated embedded software development toolset consisting of the TASKING EDE, C compiler, assembler, linker / locator and CrossView Pro simulator debugger and is available immediately. The C++/EC++ compiler and CrossView Pro OCDS debugger will be available in the course of 2006.

The product is available for PC/Windows and SUN/Solaris platforms. Prices start at US$2,195 for the C compiler and simulator debugger package for PC/Windows.

For further product information or to download a trial version of the TASKING VX-toolset for ARM, visit or go to for details of the nearest Altium sales and support center.


TASKING, Altium's industry-leading range of tools for embedded software development, offers an integrated software development environment that enables developers to take advantage of all the capabilities needed for application development from project management, editing, and program building to compiling, optimizing, and debugging. Its software development toolsets consist of the award winning TASKING Embedded Development Environment (EDE), highly optimizing C and C++/EC++ compilers, assembler, linker/locator, and the CrossView Pro debugger.

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 for complete electronic product development to electronics engineers, designers, and developers worldwide. Altium is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with sales and support offices in Australia, the United States, Japan, China and Europe -- and maintains a large reseller network in all other major markets. For more information please visit

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ARM, ARM Powered and Thumb are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM7, ARM9 and ARM9E are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; AXYS GmbH; ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM Physical IP, Inc.

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