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Mentor Graphics Embedded Hypervisor Enables Functional Consolidation and Security for Medical and Industrial Devices

EMBEDDED TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE, YOKOHAMA, Japan - November 20, 2013 — Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the Mentor® Embedded HypervisorNucleus® Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) and Mentor Embedded Linux® products can be combined to enable the introduction of intelligent and secure connectivity for today’s advanced medical devices and industrial systems.  As a small footprint Type 1 hypervisor that includes support for ARM® TrustZone® the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor product is ideal to support the connectivity required of both medical and industrial systems that are part of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) trend.

With the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor product, developers can create high performance systems that integrate and consolidate applications on multicore processors, safely separate and isolate applications, and make use of the ARM TrustZone.  Development of new systems can be accelerated by reusing existing software and protecting intellectual property while incorporating new functionality including connectivity between devices and the cloud.

Medical devices can incorporate Linux or Android and communicate with sensitive data such as patient records, while real-time functions such as diagnostics and patient monitoring can occur on an application running on the Nucleus RTOS separated by the hypervisor. Industrial control systems that require real-time and deterministic execution can be given priority and combined with connectivity safely through the separation provided by the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor product. By using the virtualization provided with the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor solution, the frequency of hardware refreshes, the cost of each refresh, and the impact to process operations when a refresh occurs, can also be reduced.

“Freescale i.MX applications processors based on ARM technology provide a scalable platform that balances the power, performance and graphics needs of next-generation smart and connected devices,” said Rajeev Kumar, director of worldwide marketing and business development for Freescale® Semiconductor’s Microcontrollers business. “The Mentor Embedded Hypervisor combined with Freescale i.MX applications processors enables medical and industrial companies to deliver greater value by combining real-time functionality through an RTOS along with less critical functionality such as device connectivity and user interfaces through the separation provided by the hypervisor.”

The Mentor Embedded Hypervisor product includes support for 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.

The framework of the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor product is extremely flexible, allowing it to run on single-core or multicore processor architectures supporting asymmetric multi-processing (AMP), symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), or a combination of both. With optional dynamic scheduling of virtual machines, it allows for the load balancing of the payload and priority-based execution to support stringent real-time and performance constraints. The combination of the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor product and latest system on chip architectures from silicon vendors provides an integrated solution to speed development on these emerging hardware platforms.

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

  • Reduce test and debug times by consolidating and isolating multiple functions on a single multicore 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, secure PIN access, and secure data handling within a single embedded application
  • Partition devices and memory to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive resources

“The combination of the Mentor Embedded Hypervisor, Nucleus RTOS and Mentor Embedded Linux gives developers the technology and flexibility needed to 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:

Mentor Embedded Hypervisor Product Featured at Embedded Technology 2013

The Mentor Embedded Hypervisor product will be showcased at the Embedded Technology show at PACIFICO in Yokohama, Japan, November 20-22, 2013. Mentor will demonstrate this technology for automotive systems in the Mentor Graphics booth #C-37 and applications for medical and industrial products will be featured in the ARM Booth, #F-38.

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

(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 owners.)

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Yuri Ellison
Mentor Graphics

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Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the worlds most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year in excess of $1.15 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.

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