eSOL's Integrated Software Platform 'eCROS' Selected for Sharp's AQUOS Photo Players

Tokyo, Japan. May 22, 2009 - eSOL, a leading developer of real-time embedded software solutions, announced today that its eCROS integrated software platform has been selected by Sharp Corporation for its two new AQUOS hybrid photo players. eCROS is an out-of-the-box software platform that features robust real-time operating systems (RTOSes), middleware, development tools, and comprehensive professional services. eCROS drastically reduces the time and cost of preparing software development platforms, and helps engineers concentrate on creating differentiated, compelling upper-layer applications and optimizing software quality.

AQUOS photo players (model numbers HN-PP100 and HN-PP150) enable users to print or display images taken with their cell phones or digital cameras. Users can display photos for playback over a large-screen HDTV, add background music for slideshow options, or print their favorite photos. Photo images can be loaded onto the player via either memory cards (SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick, and CompactFlash) or USB2.0, or by high-speed infrared communication (IrSS) transfer. In addition, HN-PP150 is network-capable. Users can enjoy sharing photos with their family and friends through Picasa Web Album (a photo-sharing web service), or can print/display images directly from a PC or an external hard drive in a home network that has DLNA server capability.

The eCROS software platform for the AQUOS photo players features a µITRON4.0-based RTOS (PrKERNELv4), development tools (eBinder), file systems including media drivers for SD memory card/Memory Stick, and USB host stack. The PrKERNELv4 RTOS offers a superior user experience within an optimal, stress-free operating environment; for example, it provides faster boot-up time and a quick response to each task request. The file systems enable read, write, and management capabilities for image files stored on memory cards or digital cameras. The USB host stack provides data transfer services between USB-connected devices such as digital cameras. eBinder tools enable efficient, effective, high-quality software development because they are designed specifically for the development and debugging of complex RTOS-based embedded systems.

eCROS is an integrated software platform comprising two optional RTOSes (T-Kernel or ITRON - the two most frequently used RTOSes in Japan), development tools, middleware, and professional services. With eCROS, engineers can quickly customize their software platform by choosing the appropriate RTOS, middleware, and services. And, because eCROS components come already integrated and verified, engineers can focus instead on upper-layer application development. Time spent building and tuning a particular software platform also can be shortened by utilizing professional services, including RTOS porting, customization, and device driver/application development.

AQUOS photo player
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"We are pleased that Sharp has chosen eCROS for their AQUOS photo player," said Nobuyuki Ueyama, the Executive Vice President of eSOL Co., Ltd. "eCROS is the best software platform solution for developing the large-scale, highly advanced software required in the latest digital consumer electronics devices. eCROS also has a terrific track record of reliability and high quality with developers of automotive devices and other products, in addition to consumer electronics. We will continue to provide products and services that will help developers expedite embedded software development of rapidly evolving digital electronics."

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About eSOL
Founded in 1975 in Tokyo, Japan, eSOL is a leading embedded software developer with core technologies in real time operating systems. We develop, market, and sell proven RTOS suites, along with a rich set of vertically oriented middleware libraries. Our rugged software development tools provide optimal reliability in backing up the highly complicated development process for RTOS-based applications. We know that a reliable RTOS and development tools make a significant difference to the quality and timeliness of our customers' products in a continuously growing and competitive world market. Today, our customers - global OEMs and ODMs ranging from consumer electronics to automotive applications - ship millions of products with technologies pioneered by eSOL.
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* AQUOS is a registered trademark of Sharp Corporation.
* SD and SDHC are trademarks.
* MemoryStick is a registered trademark or a trademark of Sony Corporation.
* CompactFlash is a registered trademark of SanDisk Corporation or its subsidiary.
* IrSS is a trademark of Infrared Data Association.
* Picasa is a trademark of Google Inc.
* DLNA is a registered trademark of Digital Living Network Alliance.
* eCROS, PrKERNELv4, and eBinder are registered trademarks of eSOL Co., Ltd.
* TRON is an abbreviation for "The Real-time Operating system Nucleus".
* ITRON is an abbreviation for "Industrial TRON".
* µITRON is an abbreviation for "Micro Industrial TRON".
* TRON, ITRON, T-Engine, and T-Kernel are names for computer specification,
not specific products or product groups.
* All brand names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks
of their respective companies.