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MCCI Supplies Quality USB Stack as part of Microsoft’s “Internet of Things” Platform

ITHACA, NY, July 8, 2015 – MCCI® is providing its TrueTask® USB Host stack as the connectivity engine for Windows 10 IoT (“Internet of Things”) Core operating system, targeting the Raspberry Pi 2 platform.

McKinsey Global Institute forecasts a $6.2 trillion annual IoT opportunity by 2025. The Raspberry Pi 2 is a very popular platform in the maker movement, providing remarkable computing power at a very low price. A high-quality USB host stack is a critical enabler for making Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2 a first-class platform for IoT development. MCCI’s TrueTask USB Host is proven technology that has been extensively tested, validated, and deployed on a mass scale by MCCI’s customers. 

“With more than 10 billion USB devices shipped, and hundreds of thousands of different kinds of devices, USB is the most popular connectivity interface for device developers,” said Terry Moore, CEO, MCCI. “However, creating USB host stack is risky because of the testing and requirements needed to be compatible with the huge variety of devices. Our TrueTask USB platform is pre-tested and pre-verified so our customers can focus on enhancing their IoT products and don’t have to worry about USB connectivity.” 

When preparing Windows 10 IoT Core for the Insider Preview release for Raspberry Pi 2 earlier this month, Microsoft Corp. needed a USB stack that could support the Synopsys USB core at the same level of quality as the Windows EHCI stack. The Raspberry Pi 2 SoC uses a Synopsys DesignWare USB 2.0 IP core to provide the USB host function, which is not compatible with the EHCI and XHCI register models used in traditional PCs, so the standard Windows stack could not be used. With 10 years of experience supporting the Synopsys core in deeply embedded systems, and 5 years of experience offering USB 3 host support for Windows 7, 8 and 10, MCCI readily ported its advanced USB stack to the Raspberry Pi 2.

MCCI’s TrueTask USB stack is based on the MCCI USB DataPump, which has been the “go-to” product for adding USB support to sophisticated consumer products for more than 20 years. MCCI’s TrueTask USB Host is platform agnostic, which makes it available for any hardware-software combination.

In addition to licensing USB system software, MCCI offers design consultation, integration and customization services as well as USB validation and hardware testing.

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 Intel, Apple, Ericsson 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, and Japan. 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.

For more background on Raspberry Pi, see an IEEE Spectrum article http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/profiles/eben-upton-the-raspberry-pi-pioneer/

Contacts:

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


Rainier Communications for MCCI
Karen Quatromoni
Office: +1-508-475-0025 ext. 150
Mobile: +1-978-855-0412
kquatromoni@rainierco.com



ITHACA, NY, February 5, 2013 – MCCI® Corporation, a leading developer of USB drivers and firmware for the high-volume personal computer and portable device markets, today announced that its TrueTask® USB host and device software platform is available on Synopsys' DesignWare® ARCTM Processor Cores and the DesignWare ARC MQX real-time operating system (RTOS).

Introduced this past October, MCCI’s highly portable, fast, and efficient TrueTask USB platform is pre-tested and pre-verified, so designers can focus on optimizing their products, and don’t have to worry about developing a USB stack in-house, or porting one from another vendor.

“MCCI’s USB software has been tested with tens of thousands of devices, and is installed in over one billion USB devices. The USB installed base is huge, with over ten billion devices shipped, and hundreds of thousands of different kinds of devices, all of which must work correctly,” said Terry Moore, CEO, MCCI.  “MCCI provides a complete solution, including services, and has the expertise to support an entire deployment, now and into the future.”

“MCCI recognizes the need for designers in the highly competitive mobile device market to have a readily available and robust USB software stack to accelerate time-to-market and reduce cost,” said Mike Thompson, senior manager, ARC Processor Marketing at Synopsys. “By offering the TrueTask USB platform on Synopsys’ ARC processor cores, MCCI delivers a reliable solution that can reduce our mutual customers’ integration risk.”

MCCI not only licenses software, but also offers design consultation, integration and customization services.  MCCI, one of only nine certified USB-IF test houses worldwide, offers extensive testing and verification services for USB developers.

Synopsys' DesignWare ARC Processor Cores are a family of 32-bit CPUs that SoC designers can optimize for a wide range of uses, from deeply embedded to high-performance applications. Synopsys' ARC processors have been used by over 170 customers worldwide who collectively ship more than 1 billion ARC-based chips annually.

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, 508-475-0025 ext. 150
Mobile: 978-855-0412
kquatromoni@rainierco.com

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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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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

No OS in the smartphone space has come to prominence as quickly as Android. And no other interconnect solution is as important or as ubiquitous as USB. MCCI today extends its Windows, Linux, and Mac product lines to offer a USB software solution for Android, validated for the most dominant version of the platform, Android 2.2 Froyo. MCCI's complete solution includes networking class NCM for high-speed networking. Complementing the solution is the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) Driver, which supports not only product development but also application installation via a USB cable.

smith-micro-SODA-award.pngToday at CTIA, Smith Micro announced the recipients of the 2011 Innovator Awards, which recognize prominent wireless executives and companies spearheading participation in the SODA™ (Secure On-Device API) Innovator Program, among whom was MCCI. Read the text of the award statement.
The MCCI USB DataPump 3.0, a proven USB host and device stack, is now ready for your embedded products.

Millions of consumers today enjoy the benefits of products supporting SuperSpeed USB, which is ten times faster than USB 2.0. MCCI’s standards-compliant software presents an efficient, zero-copy architecture that minimizes ”round trips,” enables careful CPU cache management, and supports the ability to tune for bus bandwidth.

In addition to the speed advantage, SuperSpeed also delivers improved power management to increase the battery life of portable products.

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NCM Means High Performance Networking

NCM (Network Control Model) is one of the USB Implementers Forum's major stories for 2011.  Here are some detailed responses from MCCI CEO Terry Moore to a few questions about the NCM device class specification:

Q: Can you please give us a quick, high-level explanation of what the NCM specification is?

A: The Network Control Model (NCM) specification is a high-performance standard for connecting networking devices to PCs using USB.  Although it was designed specifically to support the needs of new 4G network standards (such as LTE and WiMax), it has substantial benefits when used for any kind of network traffic.

Q: What are the key features and benefits of the NCM specification?



NCM has two key features: First, it allows multiple Ethernet frames to be encapsulated in a single USB transfer...

SuperSpeed USB and Power Management

If you've ever asked yourself whether you understand power management issues for interfaces like USB, you would do well to read Mike Micheletti's article in EETimes on SuperSpeed USB's ability to deliver greater throughput while consuming less power. After an initial discussion of  ACPI-based power awareness and USB 2.0's Link Power Management (LPM) implementation, Mike explores the SuperSpeed power-management model and the power-state transitions required by the USB 3.0 specification. Mike is a regular contributor to the USB-IF Compliance Working Group, as is MCCI CEO Terry Moore.
The MCCI USB DataPump® 3 is a complete USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 SuperSpeed host and device stack for embedded products such as cellphones, portable navigation devices, set-top boxes, and other consumer products. Read the complete release. Read product details.