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October 2012 Archives

TrueTask® USB news coverage

Here's a summary of coverage received for our recent announcement of TrueTask® USB, MCCI's portable USB 3.0 (and USB 2.0) software platform.

Terry Moore's article, The Challenges of USB 3.0, ran on EDN and Design & Reuse.

EDN
10/1/2012
The Challenges of USB 3.0

Design & Reuse (reprinted from EDN)
10/1/2012
The Challenges of USB 3.0

Four journals (EDN, Electronic Design, Electronic Products and RTC Magazine) published articles about TrueTask USB.

EDN
10/1/2012
USB 3.0 software platform offers system portability solution

Electronic Design
10/16/2012
Modular USB Stack Is Fast And Portable

Electronic Products
10/16/2012
Platform provides USB 3.0 software solution

RTC Magazine
11/15/2012
Platform for USB 3.0 Development Goes Beyond Traditional Stacks 

Numerous sites picked up the press release. Some examples:

Extension Media
10/1/2012
MCCI Introduces First Platform for USB 3.0 Development

Yahoo! Finance
10/1/2012
MCCI Introduces First Platform for USB 3.0 Development

Storage Newsletter
10/12/2012
TrueTask USB Platform for USB 3.0 Development by MCCI

 

Revised 11/3/2012: Add link to Electronic Products article.

Revised 12/6/2012: Add  link to RTC Magazine article.

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EE Times ran a new article by MCCI CEO Terry Moore, "Measuring HSIC USB without disturbing the system". Based on experience gained by MCCI with the Catena 1910 HSIC USB protocol analyzer/generator, the article summarizes the problems involved with measuring HSIC USB signals, and summarizes how MCCI approached the problems.

MCCI in the news 2012-10-16

ITHACA, NY, October 16, 2012 – MCCI Corporation today announced that ASMedia leveraged MCCI’s USB 3.0 host system software stack for Windows and onsite support to achieve USB-IF SuperSpeed logo certification for its xHCI 1.0-compatible ASM1042 USB 3.0 host controller.  ASMedia is the leading Taiwanese supplier of xHCI-compatible host controllers. This newly certified product joins the company’s existing portfolio of USB controllers that have been USB-IF certified using MCCI’s software.

First-generation USB 3.0 host controllers were built to the xHCI 0.96 specification, which was revised in xHCI 1.0 to add features and improve compatibility with legacy devices. These revisions affected both hardware and system software, requiring that the new versions be re-tested.

In order to pass xHCI certification, host controllers and their associated software stacks must show compatibility with a wide range of carefully selected devices and their associated drivers and applications. Testing includes not only simple demonstration of performance, but operation in conjunction with other devices and stable performance while executing a variety of Windows suspend, hibernate and reboot procedures.

To meet the software requirements of the test, MCCI provided its Windows USB host stack, which is 100% compatible with the Microsoft native USB host stack.  MCCI worked closely with ASMedia for verification and later for testing at the USB-IF Super-Speed Platform Interoperability Lab in Oregon, providing onsite support with engineers from MCCI’s development center in Ithaca, NY.

“It’s impossible to verify the correct function of an embedded stack without a strategy that involves deploying the embedded stack in mass production into the Windows ecosystem. MCCI is the only software vendor who has succeeded in delivering a Windows stack, and the only embedded software vendor with a tested stack that can be deployed anywhere,” said Terry Moore, CEO, MCCI. “MCCI’s USB stack for Windows works with more host controllers than any other independent host stack.”

MCCI’s recently announced TrueTask® USB 2.0/3.0 platform uses the same host stack core that is used by the MCCI Windows stack. 

“Our Windows stack is based on our embedded USB host stack, with specific adaptation layers at the upper and lower edges for Windows,” Moore said. “Because TrueTask USB is based on the same core technology without source code changes, the testing and verification done on MCCI’s USB core driver (USBD), hub drivers, and xHCI low-level driver are directly applicable to any embedded system.”

TrueTask USB is available today from MCCI. In addition to supporting Windows, variants are available for a variety of embedded platforms, including Linux, MQX, Nucleus, micro-ITRON, and non-OS/pre-boot environments. It’s written in ANSI C-89 for maximum portability. In addition to supporting ASMedia xHCI-compatible host controllers, TrueTask USB is fully compatible with xHCI 0.96 and 1.0 host controllers from any vendor, provided they comply with the xHCI specification. Minor deviations are easily accommodated.

About MCCI
MCCI is a leading developer of embedded USB software for the high-volume personal computer and portable device markets. Customers include some of the world’s biggest brands in telecom, wireless, embedded and consumer devices including Qualcomm, Intel, Apple and Sony. Nearly one billion products have been delivered with MCCI technology. MCCI experts are actively involved in worldwide Technical Standards activities. A privately held corporation, MCCI has its headquarters in Ithaca, NY, with additional offices in New York City, India, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. For more information, please visit: http://www.mcci.com

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Note to Editors: MCCI and TrueTask are registered trademarks of MCCI Corporation. Other names mentioned are owned by their respective holders. 

Contacts:
MCCI
Terry Moore
+1-607-277-1029
tmm@mcci.com

Rainier Communications for MCCI
Karen Quatromoni or Suzanne Moran, 508-475-0025 ext. 150/118
Mobile: 617-515-8005/978-855-0412
smoran@rainierco.com / kquatromoni@rainierco.com

Press Release: TrueTask USB

MCCI Introduces First Platform for USB 3.0 Development

Industry Leader in USB Software Says Complexity and Ubiquity of Standard Requires New Solution Beyond Traditional Stacks

 

ITHACA, NY, October 1, 2012 – Stacks are no longer enough for reliable, extensible development and deployment of USB 3.0 according to MCCI® Corporation, a leading developer of USB drivers and firmware for the high-volume personal computer and portable device markets. USB 3.0, now in Microsoft Windows 8 and Apple OS X Mountain Lion, is being used for a growing set of connectivity applications that require a new approach for USB host and device manufacturers to implement support to ensure the optimum consumer experience and predictable time to market. To address this issue, MCCI is now delivering a complete platform for USB 3.0, TrueTask® USB, which will deliver ROI savings as well as high reliability.

“There is a revolution in connectivity coalescing around USB 3.0 today, with over ten billion USB devices shipped, and hundreds of thousands of different kinds of devices. USB 3.0 is being used by product manufacturers for a variety of connectivity applications, from chargers to storage,” said Terry Moore, CEO, MCCI. “Creating USB host software is not easy and is risky because of testing and requirements to be compatible with the huge variety of devices. The TrueTask USB platform is pre-tested and pre-verified.  With the MCCI platform, we let manufacturers focus on enhancing their products so that they don’t have to worry about USB connectivity.”

TrueTask USB is a complete solution that includes USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 host and device support.  It is highly portable, fast, efficient, and designed to support a variety of hardware. MCCI’s USB 3.0 host software has been tested with tens of thousands of different devices and shipped with over 20 million PCs. In addition to licensing the software, MCCI offers design consultation, integration and customization services.  MCCI, one of only nine certified USB-IF test houses worldwide, also offers extensive testing and verification services for USB developers.

“At VDC, we’ve seen a direct relationship for success in markets when companies offer end-to-end solutions that include software, as well as services and expertise,” said Jared Weiner, Analyst, Embedded Software & Tools Practice, VDC Research. “MCCI’s integrated platform approach and test services will help improve manufacturers’ ability to meet the market’s increasing demand for USB connectivity.”

Platforms go beyond simple stacks to provide APIs that are stable across releases and variations in hardware and operating system. Only a true platform allows the investment in USB development to be reused across changes in CPUs, operating systems, and host or device controller silicon. Because MCCI’s TrueTask USB is portable to any embedded system without source code changes, it saves considerable time and thus costs for manufacturers. Unlike simple stacks where you have to re-code for each product and each update, TrueTask USB enables manufacturers to leverage their investments for quicker time to market and profit across all future products, and across multiple current products.

“ROI/cost of development data derived from detailed and extensive surveys of embedded developers has shown year-over-year that the use of commercial software, as compared with free or open-source software, results in a lower total cost of development, shorter time to market and better design outcomes,” said Dr. Jerry Krasner, Vice President and Chief Analyst, Embedded Market Forecasters. “In a market where device manufacturers have a short window to launch new tablets, smartphones, and other portable devices, buying commercial software from a company that knows how to implement USB connectivity makes good business sense.”

MCCI’s TrueTask USB is available now to select, tier-one customers in automotive, consumer electronics, and printer industries, and will be generally available by the end of Q4 2012. Prices start at $50,000 for a single-project development platform.   

Variants are available for a variety of embedded platforms, including Linux, MQX, Nucleus, micro-ITRON, Windows Embedded, Windows Compact Embedded, and non-OS/pre-boot environments.

About MCCI
MCCI is a leading developer of embedded USB software for the high-volume personal computer and portable device markets. Customers include some of the world’s biggest brands in telecom, wireless, embedded and consumer devices including Motorola, Intel, Apple and Sony. Nearly one billion products have been delivered with MCCI technology. MCCI experts are actively involved in worldwide Technical Standards activities. A privately held corporation, MCCI has its headquarters in Ithaca, NY, with additional offices in New York City, India, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. For more information, please visit: http://www.mcci.com

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Note to Editors: MCCI and TrueTask are registered trademarks of MCCI Corporation. Other names mentioned are owned by their respective holders.

Contacts:
MCCI
Terry Moore
+1-607-277-1029
tmm@mcci.com

Rainier Communications for MCCI
Karen Quatromoni or Suzanne Moran, 508-475-0025 ext. 150/118
Mobile: 617-515-8005/978-855-0412
smoran@rainierco.com / kquatromoni@rainierco.com