Published on April 2nd, 2014 | by admin

AMD and Mentor Graphics to Accelerate Open-Source Linux Development for Embedded Systems

SYDNEY, Australia — April 02, 2014 AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a multi-year agreement with Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) to expand availability of open-source embedded Linux development for heterogeneous and multi-core processors from AMD. Dedicated to providing embedded developers with a more manageable and focused open source framework, the agreement will provide embedded developers with more supported processor options, robust development tools, and greater speed in open platform development.

As a Yocto Project™ compatible product, Mentor® Embedded Linux will now bring standardised features and tools, and ensure quick access to the latest Board Support Packages (BSPs) for AMD 64-bit x86 architecture beginning with the upcoming AMD Embedded G-Series system-on-a-chip (SoC) (codenamed: “Steppe Eagle”) and AMD Embedded R-Series APU/CPU (codenamed: “Bald Eagle”). Embedded systems developers will have comprehensive access to the Mentor Embedded Linux development platform for customised embedded Linux development and commercial support, as well as a no-cost Mentor Embedded Linux Lite derivative providing all the essentials to evaluate Linux on AMD embedded processors.

To address the growing complexity of embedded systems, embedded developers will also have access to Sourcery™ CodeBench for greater insight into system execution, performance and debugging applications in Linux-based embedded systems.

“Partnering with the largest independent embedded Linux and tools vendor in the market today is an exciting step forward as we continue to invest in the embedded market,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “We are providing the embedded development community an opportunity for choice, and this agreement with Mentor Graphics brings the embedded community an open-source platform to help tailor and expand their development.”

“Mentor Graphics is excited to partner with AMD when you look at their vision and product portfolio of innovative technologies for embedded solutions,” said Scot Morrison, general manager of embedded runtime solutions, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. “We look forward to delivering the industry’s most robust open-source development ecosystem to market with the upcoming AMD Embedded G- and R-Series products.”

Key Features, Benefits and Support
As part of the agreement between AMD and Mentor Graphics, embedded developers will have access to the following customised embedded Linux development products:
•    Mentor Embedded Linux Lite
o    Free enablement for evaluation and prototyping for the upcoming AMD “Steppe Eagle” and “Bald Eagle” products
o    Yocto Project compliant
o    Binary images of root file system and kernel
o    Access to sources for all open source components
o    Seamless migration to commercially supported Mentor Embedded Linux
•    Mentor Embedded Linux
o    Commercial terms for project development including bug fixes, security patches, and product updates
o    Eclipse based Sourcery CodeBench development environment and data trace analysis and visualisation capabilities
o    Customisability for unique project needs including custom BSP development, back porting and long term support
•    Sourcery CodeBench Lite
o    Complete GNU based C/C++ development and debug tool chain for custom Linux target platform development
o    Windows and Linux host-based development options
For more information about the agreement, visit the Mentor Graphics embedded Linux solutions page for AMD.

Supporting Resources
•    Learn more about the upcoming “Steppe Eagle” and “Bald Eagle” product families
•    Become a fan of AMD and Mentor Graphics on Facebook
•    Follow @AMDEmbedded and @MentorEmbedded on Twitter
•    Join AMD and Mentor Embedded on Google Plus

About AMD
AMD (NYSE: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realise the full potential of their favourite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

About Mentor Embedded
Mentor Graphics Embedded Software 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 customisable 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-footprint and low-power-capable Nucleus® RTOS. For more information, visit www.mentor.com/embedded.

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