ITRON Newsletter No.21 (HTML Edition)

ITRON Technical Committee, TRON Association
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ITRON-related Publications

Listed below are the publications prepared and issued by the ITRON Technical Committee as of June 1, 1996. The ITRON-µITRON Standard Handbook is a one-volume compilation of µITRON (Ver 2.0) and ITRON2 specifications. Each of the publications below can be obtained directly from the sources indicated.

The latest version of µITRON3.0 is Ver 3.02.00. Changes made since the µITRON3.0 Standard Handbook was released (Ver 3.00.00) are noted in Newsletter No.5 and No.11, as well as in ITRON Standard Guidebook 2.

The ITRON Standard Guidebook 2 deals primarily with µITRON3.0. The earlier ITRON Standard Guidebook '92-'93 remains as a valuable reference for use with the µITRON (Ver 2.0) and ITRON2 specifications, even though the dates in its title are now past.

ITRON-related Publications
Name Type Price Publisher Issued ISBN No.
ITRON-µITRON Standard Handbook Specification (Jap.) 4,800Yen Personal Media Co. 1990 ISBN4-89362-079-7
µITRON3.0 Standard Handbook Specification (Jap.) 4,000Yen Personal Media Co. 1993 ISBN4-89362-106-8
ITRON/FILE Standard Handbook Specification (Jap.) 3,000Yen Personal Media Co. 1992 ISBN4-89362-092-4
ITRON Standard Guidebook '92-'93 Textbook (Jap.) 3,500Yen Personal Media Co. 1992 ISBN4-89362-197-6
ITRON Standard Guidebook 2 Textbook (Jap.) 3,500Yen Personal Media Co. 1994 ISBN4-89362-133-5
µITRON Specification Ver Specification (Eng.) 12,000Yen TRON Association 1989 -
ITRON2 Specification Ver Specification (Eng.) 15,000Yen TRON Association 1990 -
µITRON3.0 Specification Ver 3.02.00 Specification (Eng.) - TRON Association 1994 -
- Prices do not include consumption tax.
- The documents are available to TRON Association members at a special discount rate.
- English-language specifications are distributed free of charge from here.

Presentation at Embedded System Solutions '96

At the Embedded System Solutions '96 trade fair (formerly the Micon Show), held April 16 through 19 in Tokyo, one of the workshops featured a presentation by Toshiba's Kiichiro Tamaru on the latest ITRON developments.

The workshop, which took place on the last day of the show (Friday the 19th) from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m., was attended by close to 60 people. While introducing the current status of the ITRON subproject, Dr. Tamaru gave a summary of the subproject, introduced data from a survey of Japanese companies taken by the TRON Association late last year and early this year on their use of ITRON-specification systems, and talked about how ITRON is being promoted overseas.

Plans for overseas promotion during this fiscal year

The ITRON Technical Committee during this fiscal year is continuing an active effort to promote the ITRON specifications overseas. In the United States, the committee exhibited at the Embedded Systems Conference held in San Jose in September, as it did last year also. The next in a series of Asian seminars on ITRON is scheduled to take place in Korea.

The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) is the world's largest show devoted to the field of embedded control systems, and is held twice a year, once on the East coast and once on the West coast of the United States. It is sponsored by Miller Freeman, Inc. ESC West, from September 16 through 19, is the larger of the two shows and was chosen for the ITRON exhibits. This year's venue was the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. Again this year the ITRON Technical Committee used its booth space to publicize the ITRON specifications. As of this writing, a presentation introducing the µITRON specifications was planned for one of the free technical sessions, although the details were not finalized at this time. Another scheduled event, as part of the Embedded Systems Conference Classes, is a course given by Hiroaki Takada on "Realization Techniques of Compact and Low-Overhead Real-Time Kernels for Single-Chip MCUs," centering on the µITRON specifications.

As part of the committee's promotional work in Asia, ITRON seminars were held last year in Beijing and Shanghai. This year plans are being laid to hold a similar event in Seoul, South Korea, around the end of October.

Anyone wishing to know more details about these and other ITRON promotional activities overseas is asked to contact the ITRON Technical Committee.

Notes from Users

Here we introduce news from companies who are using ITRON specifications. If you have news you would like to include here, be sure to contact the ITRON Technical Committee.

ITRON-specification OS ported to the SPARC architecture in joint project with Sun
Personal Media Corporation

This past April, Personal Media announced a joint project with Sun Microelectronics (a division of Sun Microsystems Inc. responsible for the design and sale of SPARC microprocessors), to port the µITRON3.0-specification OS to the microSPARC-II and microSPARC-IIep chips. Press release from Sun can be obtained from here.

! This newsletter is a special edition for WWW of the one appeared in TRONWARE vol.40 and TRON PROJECT JOURNAL No.45.

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