Mentor Graphics Hypervisor Delivers High Performance and Security for Multicore Processors and Enables Multi-OS Consolidation

  Mentor Graphics Hypervisor Delivers High Performance and Security for
  Multicore Processors and Enables Multi-OS Consolidation

IESF 2013

Business Wire

MUNICH, Germany -- October 24, 2013

IESF 2013:  Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) today announced its new
Mentor^® Embedded Hypervisor product for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI)
systems, telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and
instrumentation. The Mentor Embedded Hypervisor is a small footprint Type 1
hypervisor developed specifically for embedded applications and intelligent
connected devices.

With the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor, developers can create high-performance
systems that integrate and consolidate applications on multicore processors
and make use of the ARM^® TrustZone^®. Development of new systems can be
accelerated by reusing existing proprietary software and protecting
intellectual property while incorporating Linux to leverage the open source

With the new Hypervisor product, Automotive OEMs and Tier Ones now have the
unique ability to design systems that can combine Linux, AUTOSAR, real time,
and bare-metal applications and sub systems. The Mentor Embedded Hypervisor
supports the Yocto Project-compatible Mentor Embedded Linux^®, the
GENIVI-compliant Mentor Embedded Automotive Technology Platform, and will
support Android, Mentor Volcano AUTOSAR software, and Nucleus^® RTOS. Mentor
will continue to track and enable the latest versions of technologies and
standards including the Yocto Project and GENIVI.

Dr. Andree Zahir, vice president, head of engineering business unit AI
(Automotive Navigation and Infotainment Systems) Robert Bosch Car Multimedia
GmbH commented, “Mentor’s continued investment in technologies like the Mentor
Embedded Hypervisor enables automotive suppliers to take advantage of upcoming
multi-core SoCs and provide more functionality and connectivity in a single
hardware unit while maintaining isolation and separation for critical

Mentor Embedded Hypervisor includes support for the ARM TrustZone, for
applications requiring hardware-based partitioning of resources such as
memory, crypto blocks, and keyboard/screens creating a completely separate
secure world operating environment. It features a flexible device model that
supports virtualized device access and direct device access for
performance-critical applications and provides various mechanisms for
inter-guest communications.

“Building on the advanced hardware features of ARM Cortex^®-A processors,
embedded virtualization enables isolation of different workloads and enhances
system security,” said Keith Clarke, vice president, Embedded and Security,
Processor Division, ARM. “Built with security in mind, the Mentor Embedded
Hypervisor will help system designers consolidate functions, enable high-value
services and reduce the size, weight, power and cost of embedded devices.”

The framework of Mentor Embedded Hypervisor is extremely flexible, allowing it
to run on single-core or multi-core processor architectures supporting
asymmetric multi-processing (AMP), symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), or a
combination of both. The combination of the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor and
latest SoCs from silicon vendors provides an integrated solution to speed
development on these emerging hardware platforms.

“The need to deliver rich and dynamic graphical interfaces for infotainment
systems and instrument clusters is ideally serviced by the high-performance
multi-core Jacinto platform from TI.” stated Matt Watson, general manager of
Audio and Infotainment at Texas Instruments. “The Mentor Embedded Hypervisor,
along with Mentor’s AUTOSAR and Linux-based automotive software expertise,
will enable automotive Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs to fully take advantage of
advanced platforms such as the Jacinto 6 by bringing together infotainment,
instrument cluster and telematics functionality on one integrated SoC.”

By using the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor embedded systems, developers can:

  *Reduce test and debug times by consolidating multiple functions on a
    single multi-core compute platform
  *Take advantage of symmetric and asymmetric multiprocessing, or
    combinations of both (AMP/SMP)
  *Build secure, high-performance embedded systems at the highest privilege
    level in a system
  *Use the ARM TrustZone secure system architecture and deliver both normal
    and secure operations, such as secure boot and secure PIN access, within a
    single embedded application
  *Partition devices and memory to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive

“The powerful and flexible features of the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor give
developers the ability to consolidate functionality and meet the demands of
today’s complex and highly connected devices,” said Scot Morrison, general
manager of Runtime Solutions, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. “The
built-in security capabilities provide assurances of reliability and data
integrity, and the comprehensive solution of runtimes, tools, and services
enables companies to differentiate and lead in their respective markets.”

The Mentor Embedded Hypervisor product will ship in December 2013. For
additional product information, contact a Mentor Embedded sales representative
or call 800-547-3000. Or visit the company website at:

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,

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:

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