Metrowerks has agreed to acquire some technology assets from Applied Microsystems, which supplies integrated hardware and software tools for programming, testing and debugging embedded systems.Metrowerks agreed to purchase the majority of AMC's development portfolio for around $3.9 million It says it will also offer support for existing AMC customers, as well as those who purchase tools between now and the realization of the sale. Metrowerks plans to extend offers to a number of AMC employees and also to train its own employees to work with AMC technologies.The acquisition includes the NetROM, PowerTAP, CodeTAP, SuperTAP, and CodeTEST products, as well as AMC's game development console manufacturing business and DVD emulation technology. Metrowerks, an independently operating subsidiary of Motorola, will upgrade the 'TAP' and CodeTEST families, adding support for new architectures, like Motorola's PowerQUICC III system-on-chip architecture announced earlier this year.Metrowerks CodeWarrior product line includes development tools and middleware that enable customers to decrease their time to market. CodeWarrior products with AMC technology are already available today. It also provides services, training, custom software development, and managed developer programs.Jim Welch, president and chief executive officer, Metrowerks said, “These products fill a critical customer need and enable us to offer an end-to-end solution with tremendous value for our customers and our semiconductor partners alike.””Having been a key partner of Applied for many years, Metrowerks is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this technology and continue to improve upon it,” said Steve Verleye, president and chief executive officer, Applied Microsystems. The AMC CodeTEST product line, with its patented instrumentation technology, is seen as providing one of the most comprehensive software analysis and verification tool suites available today.The TAP family of microprocessor emulation products enables in-circuit debugging during the early phases of embedded designs; such as board bring-up, BSP and device driver development. The Applied tools enable engineers to test, debug, and verify embedded software found in optical or wireless voice and data communications networks; airborne, medical, and automotive systems; industrial automation, console games, and consumer electronics.
Published in Embedded Systems (Europe) October 2002