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Mentor Graphics Nucleus RTOS with Qt Application Framework Eases Embedded User Interface (UI) Development

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced a new version of the Mentor® Embedded Nucleus® real time operating system (RTOS) that includes the open source Qt® application framework for easier development of embedded graphical user interface (GUI) applications. The integration of the Qt application framework with the Nucleus RTOS enables embedded user interface (UI) developers to access the full benefits of the extensive Qt application framework open source development community. This includes cross-platform support, wide market penetration, and wide availability of Qt application framework skills and resources.

The Nucleus add-on for the Qt application framework improves the UI development workflow based on the tight integration of Mentor Embedded tools, such as memory footprint optimization, software performance analysis and debugging, and simplifying the Qt application framework configuration and build process. This solution enables full UI host simulation at the desktop using QEMU for even the most advanced graphics. This capability allows UI developers to iterate and be productive in parallel with the other development team members, to bring up the target hardware.

“The Nucleus RTOS with the Qt application framework will help our mutual customers develop sophisticated UIs with greater ease and confidence based on the tight integration with the Mentor Embedded toolchain,” said Miller Adair, general manager, Sitara processors, Texas Instruments. “Embedded UIs are a key differentiator for our customers’ end-products, and using the tightly integrated Nucleus development platform will decrease development time and help them create more advanced UIs.”

The tight integration between the Mentor Embedded integrated development environment (IDE) and the Qt UI framework provides a robust platform to ease the development of embedded UI applications. This also makes the Qt memory footprint easier to configure and scale, allowing footprint optimization and reduced size. Developers will also benefit by using the integrated Sourcery™ Analyzer trace tool with “in-the-box” Qt application framework-specific analysis agents, enabling rapid analysis of complex UI issues such as: UI smoothness, UI start-up, UI latency and UI resource loading. These agents help users quickly investigate and resolve common Qt UI performance problems. The Sourcery Analyzer tool also provides Qt application framework performance analysis visualization that is time-correlated with trace events in the Nucleus RTOS, middleware, and device drivers.

“We are addressing our customer’s needs in developing dynamic UIs for their product applications, from medical devices to industrial equipment and automotive products, with our new Nucleus add-on for Qt platform,” stated Scot Morrison, general manager of embedded runtime solutions, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. “By providing a proven and complete development platform based on our market-leading Nucleus RTOS and embedded toolchain for UI development, our customers will realize immediate productivity gains and develop exciting UI experiences for their new and advanced products.”

Nucleus Product Information and Availability

The Nucleus RTOS with the integrated Qt application framework is available now, with starting list price at $5,000 (USD). For additional product information, please visit the website at: http://www.mentor.com/embedded-software/nucleus/ or contact a Mentor Embedded sales representative or call 800-547-3000.

About Mentor Embedded

The 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 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 www.mentor.com/embedded.

About the Texas Instruments Design Network

Mentor Graphics is a member of the TI Design Network, a premier group of independent, well-established companies that offer products and system-level design and manufacturing services complementing TI’s semiconductors to a worldwide customer base to accelerate product innovation and time-to-market. Network members provide product design, hardware and software system integration, turnkey product design, RF and processor system modules, reference platforms, software development, proof-of-concept design, feasibility studies, research, certification compliance, prototyping, manufacturing, and product life cycle management. For more information about the TI Design Network, please visit http://www.ti.com/designnetwork.

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year of nearly $1,090 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

(Mentor Graphics, Mentor and Nucleus are registered trademarks and Sourcery is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owner.)

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