Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the availability of the Mentor® Embedded Linux® software for the AMD (NYSE: AMD) Embedded G-Series SoC (previously codenamed: “Steppe Eagle”), CPU (previously codenamed: “Crowned Eagle”) and 2nd Generation R-Series APU (previously codenamed: “Bald Eagle”) devices. Developers who began evaluation, prototyping, and development by downloading the previously announced and freely available Mentor Embedded Lite and Sourcery™ CodeBench Lite products can now easily migrate to these new commercially-supported versions. Developers can make use of the Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) and the Sourcery CodeBench integrated development environment (IDE) products to create dynamic applications targeting markets such as digital gaming, point-of-sale (POS), and electronic signage/displays.
“With this announcement, AMD Embedded customers now have even more choices available for their Linux development, from the no-cost Mentor Embedded Linux Lite to the robust commercially-supported Mentor Embedded Linux,” stated Kamal Khouri, director of product management and marketing, AMD Embedded Solutions. “This additional software, along with the service capability of Mentor, will be of great value to our customers who require a scalable global supplier to meet the needs of their embedded system design challenges.”
Embedded Linux Platform and Development Tools
AMD Embedded customers can take advantage of the commercial version of the MEL product on the AMD Embedded G-Series and R-Series platforms by quickly building, from source, a customized Linux-based platform based on technology from the Yocto Project. Using the Mentor Embedded Sourcery CodeBench and award-winning Sourcery Analyzer technology, embedded C/C+ developers can gain valuable insights into system behavior and timing through a visual debugging framework that identifies functional, timing, and performance bottlenecks.
For embedded graphics and user interface (UI) development, the commercial MEL platform includes the integrated, accelerated Qt® 5 and graphics framework and accelerated GStreamer media stack (OpenMax). This feature is an open source solution based on the Qt Project, used by over 450,000 developers worldwide. In addition to the Qt library modules, developers can make use of unique system-level trace and analysis visualization to easily optimize UI performance metrics, such as frame rate, to deliver highly responsive graphics-intensive applications.
Additional features and capabilities in the MEL Platform for AMD G-Series and R-Series devices include:
• Multimedia stack (GStreamer);
• Advanced debugging and profiling (Oprofile, Perf, KGDB);
• Eclipse-based IDE;
• JTAG probe debug support;
• Customization services and technical support are available for AMD customers.
“As part of our ongoing technology partnership with AMD, we’re excited to add a commercial embedded Linux development platform that goes beyond the free software and tools already available,” stated Kamran Shah, director of marketing, Mentor Graphics embedded systems division. “The combination of AMD Embedded R-Series and G-Series hardware and Linux software from Mentor will help our mutual customers create exciting new products including those with demanding and dynamic user interfaces.”
Product Availability and Information
The MEL Platform for AMD Embedded customers is available now.
About Mentor Embedded
The Mentor Graphics® Embedded Systems Division enables embedded development for a variety of applications including automotive, industrial, smart energy, medical devices, and consumer electronics. Embedded developers can create systems with the latest processors and micro-controllers with commercially supported and customizable Linux based solutions including the industry-leading Sourcery CodeBench and Mentor Embedded Linux products. For real-time control, systems developers can take advantage of the small foot-print and low-power-capable Nucleus® RTOS. For more information, visit mentor.com/embedded.
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About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (mentor.com) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the worlds most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year in excess of $1.15 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.