Graphical interface IDE offers Windows-based simulation and automated embedded deployment - Embedded.com

Graphical interface IDE offers Windows-based simulation and automated embedded deployment

(Note: This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe. )

Express Logic has announced PrismX, a complete family of graphical interface development tools and libraries for designing and deploying advanced graphical interfaces on embedded systems.

As sophisticated GUI design has become more common place, the demand for advanced GUI capabilities has arisen across all device markets. Able to take advantage of current processor capabilities as well as boasting a large graphical library, PrismX provides everything a developer needs to make GUI visions a reality for embedded devices. The PrismX software includes a graphical library as well as the PrismX Insight desktop GUI design and layout application.

Incorporating GUI development tools and libraries, PrismX is an integration of Blue Water Embedded's Prism GUI development solution with Express Logic's ThreadX RTOS. It includes: the full-featured GUI toolkit PrismX Runtime Framework; the PrismX Micro GUI toolkit for monochrome to 8-bit color-depth targets, and a desktop GUI design and resource editing tool, PrismX Insight. The complete framework and toolset automates the design and deployment of advanced graphical interfaces for embedded systems, incorporating a high-performance graphical drawing library and a GUI widget set.

“More and more of our customers are designing advanced GUI capabilities into their latest products,” commented William E. Lamie, President of Express Logic. “Ken Maxwell, Prism's architect, has yet again delivered an excellent solution, his first being PEG, an earlier GUI development solution. I know from personal experience how beneficial it can be to improve on one's previous, successful work. By integrating Prism with ThreadX and creating PrismX, we're giving ThreadX a graphics capability that's state-of-the-art and second to none.”

As a complete GUI software development solution for resource-constrained devices, PrismX delivers the eye-catching graphical capabilities and time-to-market edge needed for medical, industrial, office automation and consumer markets where user interfaces play an essential role in device design. And, unlike early graphics solutions for embedded systems, PrismX takes advantage of current chip hardware accelerators which have migrated from initial use in high-end gaming systems down into common microprocessors used in embedded systems.

“It is great to be teaming with Express Logic again and ensuring its technology integrated with PrismX can provide the complete GUI solution embedded developers are looking for,” noted Ken Maxwell, President of Blue Water Embedded. “Express Logic's extensive reach into the consumer and medical markets makes our products a natural fit, and devices in these areas demand advanced GUI features in a small footprint. Thanks to the careful design of ThreadX and PrismX, we are able to maximize these resources.”

PrismX is delivered with full source code and royalty free, at license prices starting under $10,000. For more information visit www.expresslogic.com.

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