19 Aug 08. Russia offers Turkey S400 Missile Defence System co-production. The Russian offer was initially made in mid-June in Moscow when Turkish military officials visited Russia. The Turkish officials said that Moscow’s offer would be considered by the Under-Secretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM) — the civilian military procurement agency — and not by them. This is while the SSM had earlier turned down a Russian offer for the direct sale of S-400 missiles through state-to-state negotiations, advising Russia to participate in a tender opened by Ankara for the acquisition of long-range air and missile defense systems.
19 Aug 08. Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), and Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), today announced ThreadX® RTOS now supports the PowerPC™ 440 processor embedded in Xilinx Virtex-5™ FPGAs. The IBM PowerPC 440 core is a hard 32-bit RISC CPU processor immersed directly into the Xilinx Virtex FPGA fabric to implement high-performance embedded applications. The combination of the hard PowerPC 440 processor with coprocessing capability and high-performance Virtex-5 FPGA fabric enables a wide range of performance optimization options. ThreadX support for the PowerPC440 processor on Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs was jointly developed with Avnet Electronics Marketing, resulting in its availability for the Avnet Virtex-5 FX30T Evaluation Kit as well as the Xilinx Virtex-5 FX70T Embedded Kit (ML507 board). Express Logic, a member of the Xilinx AllianceEmbedded Program, first announced ThreadX support for the Xilinx MicroBlaze™ soft processor core and PowerPC 405 in 2003. Developers can now use ThreadX on either MicroBlaze, PowerPC405 or PowerPC440 architectures, allowing them to optimize their processor choice based on their ThreadX-supported application requirements.