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GrammaTech Helps EEMBC Ensure Robustness of Processor Benchmarks

Ithaca, NY — GrammaTech, Inc., a leading manufacturer of software analysis tools, today announced that the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) has adopted GrammaTech’s static analysis tool, CodeSonar®, to analyze, review, and test the robustness of code-based benchmark suites.

The first EEMBC benchmark examined with CodeSonar is the upcoming FPMark™, a comprehensive suite of Floating-Point (FP) benchmarks designed to provide a standardized, industry-wide accepted measure for floating-point performance. FPMark is used to evaluate the capabilities of embedded processors in a wide variety of embedded applications, including audio, automotive and motor control.

The EEMBC workgroup’s goal is to create benchmarks that will expose and highlight the performance gains from innovations in terms of real application performance. "As an industry standard organization, we have little tolerance for faulty benchmark code because so many people use and rely on it," said Markus Levy, president of EEMBC. "GrammaTech’s CodeSonar was used to avoid potential defects in the FPMark code to ensure a reliable benchmark certification suite."

"The objective performance data developed by EEMBC makes a constructive and valuable contribution to help embedded system designers select optimal processors for their applications," said Paul Anderson, VP of Engineering at GrammaTech. "The use of CodeSonar's tools to further improve their benchmark suite is a testament to CodeSonar's ability to pinpoint defects faster and with greater precision."

About EEMBC

EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, develops and certifies real-world benchmarks and benchmark scores to help designers select the right embedded processors for their systems. Every processor submitted for EEMBC benchmarking is tested for parameters representing different workloads and capabilities in communications, networking, consumer, office automation, automotive/industrial, embedded Java and network storage-related applications. With members including leading semiconductor, intellectual property and compiler companies, EEMBC establishes benchmark standards and provides certified benchmarking results through the EEMBC Technology Center. More information about EEMBC can be found at www.eembc.org.

About GrammaTech and CodeSonar

GrammaTech’s static analysis tools are used worldwide by Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, startups, and government agencies. The staff includes 16 PhD-level experts in static analysis and a superb engineering team, all focused on creating the most innovative and in-depth analysis algorithms. The company’s flagship product, CodeSonar, is a sophisticated static analysis tool that performs a whole-program, interprocedural analysis on C/C++, Java and binary code, identifying complex programming bugs that can result in serious reliability or security problems. More information about CodeSonar is available here.