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Mentor Extends Nucleus RTOS Platform

18 August 2014

Mentor Graphics Corp. has released a new version of its Embedded Nucleus real time operating system (RTOS), a designer tool for next-generation connected embedded devices.

The expansion of the RTOS platform now includes ARM Cortex M-based core support and Mentor claims that Nucleus can increase system reliability through memory partitioning for the entire spectrum of ARM cores. The updated software allows for multimode framework to manage inter-process communication and processor life cycle improvements for system-on-chip (SoC) development.

New features in the software tool include:

  • Memory partitioning for MCU-based devices.
  • The inclusion of Mentor’s Embedded Multicore Framework (MEMF) for asymmetric multi-processing (AMP) enablement.
  • Graphics processor unit (GPU) support.

Tomas Evensen, chief scientist of embedded software at Xilinx Inc., said in a statement that Nucleus is used on all of the field programmable gate array (FPGA) company’s Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs. "The MEMF provides a scalable software framework to address the heterogeneous multi-OS computing needs of our customers who combine multiple hardened processors and soft core processors in the FPGA fabric," Evensen said.

The new Nucleus software is available now with prices beginning at $5,000.

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