Great UI’s require Great UI Partners: Like Crank Software

Not all embedded devices are created equal. This is especially true for products that are being specified with dynamic or interactive graphic elements. Devices that are constrained for resources also depend on close attention to User Interface (UI) or Human Machine Interface (HMI) design and its impact on hardware performance. These combined make the UI or HMI one of the most complicated aspects of the embedded design process.

Enter, Crank Software, an upstart that has been incubating a new UI development solution. After several months of heads down, cafeinated and vending machine fueled development they just released their new product called Storyboard Suite. The tools are designed to both streamline the design cycle and optimize hardware performance. Here are a few of the other benefits called out in Cranksoftware’s product announcemnt:

  • Crank Storyboard Designer enables UI designers to easily prototype the look and feel of a UI, run simulations of the interface to validate the designs, and move the prototype directly to the embedded device for deployment
  • Crank Storyboard Embedded Engine is a runtime component that drives the content developed in Designer on embedded devices
  • Embedded Engine does debugging, traceability, and performance metrics
  • Embedded Engine is written in C and source code access is possible for profiling, optimization, testing, and validation
  • Scalable through plugin architecture and can be customized for the environment’s requirements
  • Scalable memory requirements minimize impact on bill of materials
  • Clean design, clean architecture, and drag-and-drop functionality
  • Leverages the Eclipse environment
  • GPU hardware optimized
  • The UI prototype is the product

Of  course, with QNX Software Systems being a leader in the embedded market Crank Software enables the Storyboard Suite to support the QNX Neutrino RTOS. For more information from Crank Software, a member of the QNX Partner Network, please visit


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