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IAR acquisition extends its advanced processor technology

IAR acquisition extends ist advanced processor technology

IAR Systems has acquired a hardware and software development tools vendor which it claims will enable it to provide one of the market's broadest offerings of development tools for the embedded industry.

The purchase of California based Signum Systems will bring additional products such as JTAG emulators, in circuit emulators and debuggers.

Stefan Skarin, IAR Systems' ceo, said the acquisition sought to address the growing number of powerful processors and increasingly complex embedded systems which, in turn, drive the need for more advanced tools for testing and debugging.

"With its high competence, excellent technical support and world class technologies, Signum is in many ways similar to IAR Systems, and exactly the company we want to team up with," Skarin said. "We are determined to provide the best tool chain in the worldwide embedded market. By combining our technologies and know how, our future product roadmap will be highly attractive to our large customer base and beyond".

Signum supplies JTAGjet, a series of JTAG based emulators, in circuit emulators and debuggers such as the Chameleon Debugger to developers of microcontroller, microprocessor, and dsp based systems. Supported devices include all ARM processor architectures: ARM7, 9, 11, ARM Cortex-M0, M1, M3, M4, R4, A8, A9, MPCore and Intel XScale. Signum also supports all Texas Instruments dsp processor architectures. Its emulators and debuggers are sold worldwide and are designed and manufactured in the USA.

"The acquisition taps into our commitment to provide customers with reliable and powerful development tools for current and future ARM processors," Skarin added. "Many of our customers are standardising their programming projects on IAR Embedded Workbench to vastly improve efficiency and time to market for new products."

Chris Shaw

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