Mentor Graphics Empowers 32-bit Microcontroller Development with Connectivity and a Small Footprint Binary RTOS with Nucleus

  Mentor Graphics Empowers 32-bit Microcontroller Development with
  Connectivity and a Small Footprint Binary RTOS with Nucleus SmartFit

Business Wire

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- March 15, 2013

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) today announced the Nucleus®
SmartFit product, a cost-effective, binary version of the Nucleus RTOS (real
time operating system) optimized to fit the limited internal memory of 32-bit
MCUs. The Nucleus SmartFit product also includes Sourcery™ CodeBench
development tools and provides developers with broad connectivity and power
consumption options for developing products based on 32-bit microcontrollers

“32-bit MCUs provide an ideal hardware platform for devices that connect
themselves to the Internet, such as those in machine-to-machine (M2M)
applications or the Internet of Things,” said Scot Morrison, general manager
of runtime solutions, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. “Nucleus
SmartFit is a value-based development platform targeted particularly to
developers migrating from bare metal to an RTOS environment where embedded
devices require intelligence, connectivity, and low-power functionality.”

Included in the Nucleus RTOS is the Power Management Framework with which
developers can maximize battery life in power-efficient applications. In
addition to Sourcery CodeBench development tools, the Nucleus SmartFit
platform can be configured to include I/O and bus support, file systems,
networking IPv4/IPv6, wireless, and USB functionality. The Nucleus SmartFit
product is suited for medical and personal healthcare, smart grid, industrial
sensors, and white goods products.

“Freescale welcomes the introduction of the Nucleus SmartFit RTOS development
bundle supporting our scalable, high-performance 32-bit Kinetis MCUs,” said
Michael O’Donnell, director, Software Ecosystem Alliances. “The
small-footprint, connectivity and power optimization capabilities of Nucleus
SmartFit will allow embedded developers to create innovative applications
where low-power, memory, and feature scalability are critical.”

“Nucleus SmartFit lets developers take advantage of the connectivity and
processing power of TI’s Stellaris® ARM® Cortex-M4F MCUs,” said Matt Muse,
general manager of Stellaris Cortex-M MCUs, Texas Instruments Incorporated
(TI). “With an optimized memory footprint, middleware connectivity for USB,
TCP/IP and Wi-Fi, and integrated development tools, Nucleus SmartFit is a
great option for developers transitioning to 32-bit Stellaris MCUs.”

The Nucleus SmartFit product is priced starting at $3,995 (USD) and will be
available for purchase online. With the tailored board support packages (BSPs)
included, product developers can focus on developing features versus writing
complex I/O and device support. Devices supported by the Nucleus SmartFit
product include Freescale Kinetis, and Texas Instruments’ Stellaris.

For additional information or to purchase the Nucleus SmartFit product or
download an evaluation, visit

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 microcontrollers 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,

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 about $1,090 million. Corporate
headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon
97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

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