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ANNOUNCEMENT: release of the ABCD Proto-Kernel™ version 1.x
distribution

    The ABCD Proto-Kernel™ has just been released at
http://www.connotech.com .

    The ABCD Proto-Kernel™ is an original contribution to the field of
embedded software development. The version 1.x distribution comprises
the complete source code, plus comprehensive kernel design
documentation.

*** Unique Kernel Design ***

    The ABCD Proto-Kernel™ design provides an elegant solution to the
recurring problem of providing a "real-time operating system" for
embedded projects small enough that the need for an operating system
might be questioned in the first place. This solution is as simple as
ABCD, respectively for
        a) interrupt dispatching,
        b) fixed priority scheduling,
        c) mutual-exclusion semaphores, and
        d) a queuing mechanism.
    This is a coherent selection of a minimal subset of the myriad of
programming facilities provided by full-blown real-time operating
systems.

*** Friendly Licensing ***

    The Free Software Foundation licensing model (GPL-style licensing)
has been adopted for the ABCD Proto-Kernel™ software library, with
specific provisions to account for the practicalities of the embedded
software products.

*** A global solution for embedded PowerPC development ***

    The ABCD Proto-Kernel™ version 1.x is targeted at the Motorola MPC8xx
processor family, which is the entry-level embedded PowerPC
architecture.

    It is part of a comprehensive integrated solution for embedded
development tools and a hardware processor module ready for
prototyping and low-volume production:
    the ABCD Proto-Kernel™,
      http://www.connotech.com/abcd_proto_kernel/abcd_proto_kernel_intro.htm
    the MPC8xx POMP, a "Peace-Of-Mind Port" of the GNU Compiler
Collection,
      http://www.connotech.com/gcc_mpc8xx/powerpc_eabi_mpc850.htm
    the FlashCnL API, a flash memory "configuration and log" software
library,
      http://www.connotech.com/flashcnl/flashcnl_intro.htm
    the PPCMB/850, a PowerPC Mini-Board based on the Motorola MPC850,
      http://www.connotech.com/ppcmb850/prod_desc_5.htm
    the CONNOTECH Experts-conseils consulting services.
      mailto: snipped-for-privacy@connotech.com

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