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Platform Support for Coldfire Designs

Freescale's ever expanding family of highly integrated ColdFire CPU based microcontroller devices are perfect complementary platforms for InterNiche device networking protocols. With an unparalleled, mature suite of options for development environments and widespread developer familiarity, this family of platforms is the starting point for a very broad range of device designs across industrial, medical and automotive application spaces. InterNiche has have a long track record of design wins on ColdFire based platforms and the current range of Network Evaluation Kit offerings seek to demonstrate well integrated support across the product family.

A key feature of the ColdFire family is the inclusion of HW support for acceleration of CPU intensive cryptographic functions. InterNiche security protocol products, including IPSec and IKE, take full advantage of this capability where it is available through the unique CryptoEngine subsystem integrated within the protocol stacks.

InterNiche Network Evaluation Kits (NEKs) are pre-integrated systems of complementary networking technologies that exercise and demonstrate the capability of the ColdFire integrated microcontrollers and can be targeted at different types of networking application profiles. Each NEK that we offer is a fully capable, integrated and optimized networked device application that has been tailored to the interfaces and memory configuration of the specific ColdFire hardware environment.

A typical ColdFire NEK would feature:

The web server pages typically consist of static and dynamic information displays drawn from the NicheTool internal stack diagnostics and monitoring databases.

For evaluation purposes, for each of these platforms, a run-time image or library is available that has been tested for development tool compatibility and run-time interoperability with the other network and device management components.