23 February 2016

Mentor Graphics Expands Mentor Embedded Linux Support to the Third Generation AMD Embedded G-Series SoC

Wilsonville, Ore., Feb. 23, 2016 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the availability of new expanded processor support from the Mentor® Embedded Linux® development platform, including Yocto 2.0-based development tools, for the third generation AMD Embedded G-Series system-on-chip (SoC). The AMD Embedded G-Series Family of SoC devices with AMD Radeon R7 Graphics (codenamed: “Brown Falcon”) support heterogeneous system architectures for advanced processing performance, power efficiency and multimedia immersion. Mentor Graphics support enables efficient heterogeneous multicore development, allowing embedded developers to take full advantage of AMD processors for feature-rich applications targeting markets such as digital gaming, point-of-sale (POS), and electronic signage and displays.

AMD embedded customers can download the updated Mentor Embedded Linux Lite and CodeBench Lite tools to quickly build, from source, a customized Linux-based platform based on technology from the latest 2.0 release of the Yocto Project. Using the Mentor Embedded Sourcery™ CodeBench and award-winning Sourcery Analyzer technologies, 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.

“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 Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Enterprise Solutions. “Free access to Mentor’s embedded development software will be of great value to our AMD embedded customers who require a scalable global supplier to meet the needs of their embedded system design challenges.” 

Embedded developers can now perform evaluation, prototyping, and development by downloading freely available Mentor Embedded Linux Lite and Sourcery CodeBench Lite solutions to support these latest AMD embedded processors today.  Additionally, developers can continue to seamlessly migrate to these new commercial versions of Mentor Embedded Linux with the Sourcery CodeBench tool. The combination of AMD embedded processors and the Mentor Embedded Linux product delivers a powerful hardware/software platform for highly-productive embedded development.

The Mentor Embedded Linux runtime and development tools also support the AMD Embedded R-Series SoC (previously codenamed “Merlin Falcon”), previous generation G-Series processors (previously codenamed: “Steppe Eagle” and “Crowned Eagle”), and the AMD Embedded R-Series APU (previously codenamed: “Bald Eagle”).

Efficient Embedded Multimedia Development

Support for developing and debugging Qt® -based user interfaces (UI) using Qt Creator has been added to the latest commercial Mentor Embedded Linux platform, including an upgrade to the integrated, accelerated Qt 5.5 graphics framework. 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 Mentor Embedded Linux Commercial Platform for AMD Embedded G-Series and R-Series processors include:

  • Accelerated Qt 5.5 graphics
  • Accelerated GStreamer 1.0 Multimedia stack
  • SELinux, PREEMPT_RT, and IEEE-1588 Precision Timing Protocol 
  • Sourcery CodeBench Eclipse-based IDE for application development, debug, and analysis
  • Graphical user interface (GUI) development and debug using Qt Creator
  • Customization services
  • Technical support

“Mentor and AMD continually invest in developing new and exciting products for their mutual customers, such as dynamic user interfaces and graphics built on the latest AMD R-series and G-series processors,” said Scot Morrison, general manager, platform business unit, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division. “Our goal is to mitigate the risks of embedded Linux and UI development with greater user productivity by means of our integrated solution.” 

Product Availability

The Mentor Embedded Linux Lite Platform is available now at no charge to AMD embedded customers. The Mentor Embedded Linux Commercial product is also available for a fee.  For additional product information, visit: https://www.mentor.com/embedded-software/partners/amd

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 systems, developers can take advantage of the small-foot-print and low-power-capable Nucleus RTOS. For more information, visit www.mentor.com/embedded

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