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Embedded Eclipse

Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 23:45 by Mike Milinkovich

I get to join Ian at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) this week. I spent several hours today walking the exhibit floor looking for Eclipse-based tools and products. They’re everywhere! I am really miffed with myself for forgetting to bring my camera.

Just a partial list of companies showing Eclipse-based tools are: QNX, WindRiver, Aonix, AMD, DDC-I, ENEA, IBM, KlocWork, LynuxWorks, Mentor Graphics, MontaVista and TimeSys.

The icing on the cake was discovering that Eclipse was the cover story for the issue of Embedded Systems Design being distributed at the conference. We had no idea, so it was a very welcome surprise.

I know that many people associate Eclipse with enterprise development tools, and more specifically with Java development, but the number of companies in the Eclipse ecosystem engaged with embedded and device software is massive. For most of these companies, the ability to build their tool chain by extending the Eclipse Platform and/or the C/C++ development tools (CDT) is a great enabler for their platforms.

Many thanks for Doug Gaff (WindRiver), Anders Florin (ENEA) and others who helped staff the Eclipse booth today.