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

WILSONVILLE, OR -- Mentor Graphics Corporation announces 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.

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

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.

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