Casio Selects eSOL's Leading Software Platform 'eCROS' for Compact Models of High-speed EXILIM® Digital Cameras

Tokyo, Japan. June 16, 2009 - eSOL, a leading developer of real-time embedded software solutions, announced today that its real-time operating system (RTOS) -based eCROS integrated software platform has been selected for Casio's latest EXILIM® digital camera models featuring high-speed burst shooting (the EXILIM EX-FC100) and high-speed image processing (the EX-Z400). Continuous deployment of eCROS enabled Casio to reuse existing software from previous EXILIM developments, which helped Casio to produce reliable cameras while minimizing the cost and development time.

eCROS software platform solutions feature RTOS, middleware, development tools, and comprehensive professional services, seamlessly integrated together. Casio has been using the eCROS software platform for their EXILIM product lines, including EXILIM Pro EX-F1, EXILIM Card EX-S10, and EXILIM Zoom EX-Z300, because of its reliability and proven performance. For the EXILIM EX-FC100 and EX-Z400 models, Casio adopted the µTRON-based PrKERNELv4 RTOS - the most frequently-used RTOS in Japan. The PrKERNELv4 RTOS offers a superior real-time response to assist EXILIM's optimal, stress-free user experience. In addition, EX-FC100 also employed the PrUSB/Device USB driver, and the eBinder Integrated Development Environments. The PrUSB/Device USB driver provides data transfer services between cameras and USB-connected host devices such as PCs and printers. The eBinder Integrated Development Environments enable high-quality software development with minimum time and cost, since they are designed specifically for the development and debugging of complex RTOS-based embedded systems.

The EXLIM EX-FC100 is a compact camera that fits perfectly in the palm of the hand, offering a high-speed 30 shots/second burst rate and high-speed movies at a maximum of 1000fps. It also provides slow motion view, allowing users to press the shutter while viewing the LCD monitor, thus selecting the perfect moment to capture a scene that looks as if time has been slowed down. The EX-Z400, on the other hand, features 12.1 megapixels, a 28mm wide-angle lens with 4x optical zoom, and mechanical image stabilization. Its high-speed image processing abilities makes it easy for users to produce creative composite scenes. For example, users can cut and paste several rapid-succession images to create a moving subject on a still background.


"We are very pleased that Casio continues to choose our eCROS software platform. It allows engineers to reuse their software assets from the previous model, which reduces overall development cost and time", said Nobuyuki Ueyama, the Executive Vice President of eSOL Co., Ltd. "Furthermore, eCROS has a terrific track record in the development of numerous applications, including consumer electronics, automotive devices, and much more. Those proven track records assure reliability and high quality in software development to support superior performance of the EXILIM product lines. We proudly commit ourselves to provide optimal support and services for embedded software development."

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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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* 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".
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