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Express Logic’s THREADX Surpasses 5.4 Billion Total Deployments

San Diego, CA (February 17, 2016)

Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOSes), today announced that its THREADX® RTOS has surpassed 5.4 billion total deployments. This milestone, verified by VDC Research, highlights the long-time presence of THREADX in the market for deeply embedded devices as well as the product’s rapid entry into the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) market.

Express Logic’s THREADX® is a small, fast, royalty-free RTOS that provides embedded developers with priority-based preemptive scheduling, optimized context switching, and a highly intuitive API. THREADX® is deployed in environments where low overhead, high performance, and solid reliability are a must, and in products from sectors that include consumer electronics, medical and scientific instrumentation, industrial control and automation, aerospace, and more.

THREADX Deployments Significant Among Market-Leading Products

THREADX® leads the way in wireless connectivity and is particularly well-represented among the SoC-based subsystem of products that offer Bluetooth, Baseband, and WiFi radio. Such products include the Apple iPhone® and iPad®, HP inkjet printers and All-in-One devices, and other market leaders.

“The adoption of THREADX® in the wireless, IoT and various other markets is quite impressive,” said Chris Rommel, Executive Vice President, VDC Research. “By combining our long-standing embedded device, processor, and operating system research with information on dozens of the leading customers of THREADX, we gained a detailed picture of the use of THREADX® over the past two decades. It is clear that THREADX’s high performance, small footprint, ease of adoption, and royalty-free licensing make it a favorite among embedded developers and SOC manufacturers from multiple sectors.”

Solid Solution for Embedded Development, Solid Foundation Behind It

Express Logic designed THREADX specifically for use in deeply embedded memory- and processing-constrained devices. Over the two decades since the introduction of THREADX, its widespread adoption by manufacturers of such devices validates that design. Moreover, THREADX® is arguably the world’s most widely certified commercial RTOS, now precertified to IEC 61508 SIL 4, IEC 62304 Class C, ISO 26262 ASIL D, UL/IEC 60730, UL/IEC 60335, UL 1998, and EN 50128 SW-SIL 4. THREADX is also certified for DO-178B designs and is fully MISRA-C:2004 and MISRA C:2014 compliant.

In addition to the strength of its design and the breadth of its certifications, THREADX® provides consistent naming conventions, user-friendly APIs, and solid development-tool support. That support, which includes over 100 free downloadable reference demos, full ANSI C source code, and internal expertise at support centers worldwide, helps Express Logic customers and partners alike to make the most effective use of THREADX for faster, easier development.

“We would like to thank all the partners who provide solutions that help us make it easier for developers to do their jobs,” said William E. Lamie, President, Express Logic. “That THREADX has now surpassed the 5.4 billion mark in total deployments with a double-digit compounded annual growth rate validates our 20-year commitment to easing and enhancing the development experience.”

“With over 5.5 billion deployments, Express Logic has delivered a solid foundation for many developers bringing ARM®-based systems to market,” said Richard York, Vice President, Embedded Marketing, ARM. “THREADX® is a market-proven RTOS that gives embedded developers the tools and technology to create compelling embedded solutions and reduce the time-to-market for ARM CPU based products.”

“For many years, Express Logic’s THREADX® RTOS has been tightly integrated with our world-leading C/C++ compiler and debugger toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench,” said Mats Ullström, Chief Operating Officer, IAR Systems. “With help from THREADX®, the C-SPY Debugger in IAR Embedded Workbench can display RTOS-specific items such as task lists, queues, and semaphores, which simplifies debugging and expedites time to market. Consequently, we look forward to continued growth in delivering efficient, dependable solutions to embedded-development engineers.”

“We selected Express Logic’s THREADX® as the RTOS for Renesas Synergy™ based on its extensive feature set, rock-solid reliability, and commercial market credibility,” said Peter Carbone, Vice President – IoT Business Unit, Renesas Electronics America Inc. “THREADX® is a core of our Synergy Software Package to help embedded designers accelerate development, inspire innovation, and enable differentiation in the IoT space.”

“Developers need high-quality software, and Express Logic has proven to be a rock–solid and long-term supplier, always on the front line when new ARM cores are introduced,” said Jacko Wilbrink, Senior Marketing Director, Atmel® Corporation. “Whether Atmel | SMART ARM-based MCU and MPU customers are developing control panels, smart grid devices, bar-code scanners, or other cost-sensitive applications, Express Logic’s THREADX provides what they need to confidently bring their innovative solutions to market.”

“With its high performance, low power consumption, and widespread customer adoption, Express Logic’s THREADX® RTOS is increasingly requested for our Kinetis MCUs,” said Emmanuel Sambuis, Director of Microcontrollers and Connectivity at NXP Semiconductors. “Express Logic is well equipped to provide exceptional low-power performance with smart-feature integration, peripheral sets, and scalability—to fully enable the Kinetis MCU portfolio for the IoT, consumer devices, portable industrial, smart grid and smart metering, building control, medical and healthcare applications.”

“Our STM32 product family holds the leading position among Cortex M-core MCUs because the complete ecosystem of tools from ST and its partners makes the development process easy and fun,” said Laurent Desseignes, Microcontroller Ecosystem Marketing Manager, STMicroelectronics. “Also helping to ease the development process is Express Logic’s THREADX®, which provides our growing installed base of embedded developers a professional and fully deterministic RTOS they can depend on.”

“Express Logic’s THREADX® has provided an easy-to-use RTOS for TI’s TM4C12x microcontrollers (MCUs),” said Kris Arnold, marketing manager, Texas Instruments. “Through THREADX®, we have been able to deliver additional value to our MCU customers developing innovative products, such as IoT gateways, factory control and automation, smart grid and energy and industrial control applications.”

Developers can view demonstrations of Express Logic’s THREADX® as well as Express Logic’s X-WARE and middleware solutions on the RTOS.COM website and at the Express Logic stand, Hall-4, 270, at Embedded World, Nürnberg, Germany, February 22, 2016.

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