SlickEdit says it has entered an OEM partnership in which Microcross will base its new integrated development environment (IDE) on its Visual SlickEdit editing environment.

The companies say the partnership will enable the development of a low cost, high-powered, feature-rich IDE for embedded systems developers. SlickEdit is based in Morrisville. Microcross is a Cary-based provider of embedded system development tools and support services.

Microcross says it will customize and re-brand the entire Visual SlickEdit product as Visual X-Tools, its next generation integrated development environment. Visual X-Tools will augment Microcross’ current GNU X-Tools product, offering open source embedded development tools. Visual X-Tools also will combine the cross-compilers from the GNU X-Tools product set with the multi-language editor and file differencing technologies of Visual SlickEdit to create a single package for the embedded systems developer.

Microcross says it chose Visual SlickEdit as both the framework and editor for its new Visual X-Tools IDE product because of its editing features. These include context tagging, syntax expansion, code beautification, code navigation and lookup and selective display.