MPC Data Brings Support for High Reliability Flash File systems to Texas Instruments DM355 Windows CE6.0 R3 BSP

2nd October 2009
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MPC Data have joined forces with Datalight Inc to announce the latest release of the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 Board Support Package (BSP) for the Texas Instruments TMS320DM355 Digital Video Evaluation Module. This BSP targets the DM355 EVM and integrates the high reliability and industry leading, high performance flash management solutions from Datalight Inc.
The latest version of the BSP is engineered to enable an efficient evaluation and development process – a critical benefit for accelerating hardware and software integration. The updated ARM9 based DM355 CE6.0 R3 BSP additionally features:

* Optional FlashFX® Pro support: FlashFX Pro from Datalight is a high-performance, multi-threaded flash media manager targeted at applications requiring real-time response from resident flash memory
* Optional Reliance™ support : Reliance from Datalight High-Integrity Transactional File System with Dynamic Transaction Point™ Technology
* Integrated WQVGA 3.4” OLED, Touch screen and user button driver support for the new ‘Barnacle Board’ add-on module from MPC Data.

This release is the result of the close collaboration between MPC Data and Datalight to deliver industry leading reliable flash management and high reliability file system solutions for Windows Embedded CE on Texas Instruments DaVinci architecture. Through this collaboration, MPC Data operates as a Datalight partner who can provide product sales, support and system integration services around Windows Embedded CE on Texas Instruments DaVinci and OMAP based designs.

The Datalight flash file system solution is comprised of the Reliance file system and FlashFX Pro intelligent flash media manager. Reliance was designed from the ground up for high reliability applications. Dynamic Transaction Point technology provides 100% immunity from file corruption, even after unexpected system interruption. Embedded applications can benefit from faster boot times that remain consistent for the life of the product, regardless of disk size. FlashFX Pro features pre-written support for over 300 flash parts, works with virtually any NAND controller, and features wear levelling, bad block management, and background compaction for unrivalled performance.

“Pre-integrating FlashFX Pro and Reliance into this BSP will allow designers needing superior performance and reliability to get their devices to market faster,” said Datalight Director of Engineering Ken Whitaker. “MPC Data has developed an ideal platform for OEMs to leverage the features of the DM355 and create the best possible user experience.”

“The Datalight products deliver a cost effective and highly reliable solution to flash data storage and product longevity requirements. This latest Windows CE BSP provides the option to design-in these solutions for embedded devices in industry sectors such as automotive, medical and aerospace where data integrity and reliability are paramount,” comments Kevin Heawood, MPC Data Strategic Development Director.

The source code of this BSP is available under license for customers through MPC Data. A free evaluation binary which includes evaluation versions of the FlashFX Pro and Reliance products from Datalight is available on request from MPC Data.

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