09 February 2016

Mentor Graphics Expands Embedded Software Development Capabilities for Secure Industrial Applications

WILSONVILLE, Ore., February 9, 2016 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that its Mentor® Embedded Linux® (MEL) platform has been updated to Yocto 2.0 and expanded to include new security enhancements and additional industrial protocols. The new release includes Wurldtech Achilles® Communications Certification Level 1 and Level 2, the industry benchmark for securing industrial connected devices. This certification protects the critical embedded infrastructure, reducing risks of cyber security threats and attacks.

“We are encouraged with the continued investments Mentor Graphics is making for embedded device software to support a secure infrastructure for industrial applications,” stated Alan Grau, president and co-founder of Icon Labs. “There is a growing demand to provide a breadth of capabilities that are necessary to protect from both external and internal threats as the Industrial IoT is gaining wider adoption.”

A new feature, simplified mandatory access control kernel (SMACK), is a Linux kernel security module that protects data and process interactions from malicious manipulation by using a set of custom mandatory access control rules. Designed for easy implementation, SMACK consists of three components: a Linux security module for file systems; a startup script to ensure correct SMACK attributes for configuration; and a set of patches to the GNU core utilities package for SMACK communications. Embedded developers using the MEL platform will realize improved security of embedded devices with rich feature sets.

In addition to the new security features, additional industrial protocols are now available in the new version of the MEL product:

  • CANopen, the communication protocol and device profile specification for embedded systems used in automation.
  • IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) used to synchronize clocks in a computer network.
  • BACNet, a data communication protocol for building automation and control networks (BACN), a global ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard used in over 30 countries.
  • Industrial internet of things (IoT) support: 6LoWPAN, XMPP, CoAP and MQTT.
  • Expanded support for the following processors: NXP TWR-LS1021A, Xilinx Zynq ZC702ED, ZedBoard, NXP i.MX6 SABRE Series, and NXP i.MX 6Solo X.

The MEL platform also supports the Yocto Project 2.0 (AKA “Jethro”), the latest version of open source comprising interoperable tools, metadata, and processes for the rapid, repeatable development of Linux-based embedded systems. Components of Yocto 2.0 Project for this release include: GCC 5.2; toaster support. The Sourcery CodeBench IDE has been extended to support kernel and kernel module debug using the ARM® DSTREAM JTAG device and application development support using a Windows host. 

“For industrial automation and applications, security is crucial for embedded infrastructure, and our integrated Mentor Embedded Linux solution meets security and regulatory compliance,” stated Scot Morrison, general manager, Platforms Business Unit, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division.  “Our latest release enables embedded developers to create advanced industrial applications with minimal risk so they can develop innovative products with greater productivity.”

Product Availability

The new Mentor Embedded Linux platform is available now. For further information on the MEL solution, and other embedded tools and services for industrial applications, visit the product website: For more information, visit https://www.mentor.com/embedded-software/industries/industrial/ 

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 solutions including the industry-leading Sourcery™ CodeBench and Mentor Embedded Linux products, plus the Mentor Embedded Multicore Framework and Mentor Embedded Hypervisor.  For real-time systems, developers can take advantage of the small-foot-print and low-power-capable Nucleus RTOS.

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