EC-Master for Freescale QorIQ

Weingarten, Germany (June 16, 2010) – acontis technologies GmbH introduces EtherCAT® Master protocol on the Freescale QorIQ™ multicore processing platform with Green Hills INTEGRITY® real-time operating system.

WEINGARTEN, Germany – June 16, 2010 – acontis technologies GmbH, a leader in EtherCAT® Master protocol IP, has collaborated with Freescale Semiconductor, a leader in embedded processors for industrial applications, and Green Hills Software, Inc., the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, to create an embedded reference design for the EtherCAT Master protocol integrated with the Green Hills INTEGRITY® safe, secure real-time operating system on the Freescale QorIQ™ multicore processing platform. This solution, which allows customers to confirm EtherCAT Master function, reliability and performance, and more quickly complete their designs, will be first demonstrated during the Freescale Technology Forum in Orlando, June 21-24, 2010.

The acontis EtherCAT Master Stack EC-Master’s latest release, operating on the Green Hills INTEGRITY real-time operating system, includes the combined operation of redundant ring operation and the hot-connect feature pack. These new features enable customers to perform a broad variety of configuration change operations without having an impact on the operation of all EtherCAT slave nodes.

In North America, the acontis technologies’ EC-Master EtherCAT Master protocol IP is available exclusively through IXXAT, Inc. of Bedford, NH. IXXAT has been a Freescale Design Alliance Partner since 2004 and has provided data communication protocols for CAN (CANopen®, DeviceNet™, J1939), Industrial Ethernet and IEEE® 1588 for Freescale’s ColdFire®, PowerQUICC® and QorIQ processor platforms. Bill Seitz, President of IXXAT, North America said, “The relationship we have crafted with acontis technologies and the resulting reference design to be introduced by Freescale at FTF this year, will provide an important and attractive complete and ready-made solution to our machine OEM customers who are migrating from fieldbus to Industrial Ethernet data communication. The addition of the Green Hills safety-certified, reliable INTEGRITY RTOS further advances our ability to provide attractive embedded solutions to our mutual customers.” 

About acontis technologies GmbH

acontis technologies provides solutions for Industrial Automation and Embedded Technology.
Real-time virtualization technology for Windows (the RTOSWin product family) and the EC-Master EtherCAT master stack for embedded real-time operating systems are the company's core products. Professional services cover integration services for these products as well as industrial communications and system/firmware software development.


IXXAT Automation is a leading provider of data communication products and services for the automation and automotive industries. The company focuses on industrial communication systems based on CAN (CANopen, DeviceNet), Ethernet (POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP), and TCP/IP with the associated transport protocols. Solutions for the automotive industry are mainly based on CAN (diagnosis protocols, SAE J1939), FlexRay, and LIN. IXXAT is experienced in the development of safety-oriented hardware and software in compliance with IEC 61508. In addition to designing system solutions and developing hardware and software, IXXAT supports the implementation and application of CAN and TCP/IP communication systems and offers training and consultation. The extensive product portfolio includes interface cards, test systems, analytical tools, and protocol software. Currently, the company employs a staff of 80, mostly electronics engineers and computer scientists. IXXAT has an ISO 9001-certified quality management system.

About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software, Inc. is the largest independent vendor of embedded development solutions. In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178B RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by the NSA to EAL6+ High Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved for any software product. Our open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the networking, military/avionics, medical, industrial, automotive, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software at

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