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"Butter-Smooth" Embedded UIs

Phil Burr

Phil Burr

Posted Apr 5, 2013
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Here at Mentor Graphics we are always pleased to get customer feedback on the use of our technology for embedded software development. One such customer is Imagination Technologies whose “Pure” product division has used our embedded user interface (UI) technology and services to create and power the UI in their outstanding “Pure Avalon 300R Connect Freeview+ HD Digital TV Recorder”. It was therefore a delight when Imagination Technologies described the UI as “butter-smooth”.

It has been a further delight to read some of the reviews of the product. Phrases include:

it has one of the best designed and graphically impressive user interfaces we’ve ever seen.” (Pocket-lint)

“The Pure Avalon 300R Connect’s GUI is one of the best around. It comprises colourful, nuanced graphics and 3D effects.” (TechRadar)

“Based on PowerVR Technology…… 3D EPG delivers some of the most impressive menu graphics ever seen with a set-top box, with an incredibly smooth transition from channel to channel. Truly, the menus are a joy to interact with, and enhance the overall experience no end.” (HDTV Test)

At Mentor we are continuing to help customers create user interfaces for their embedded devices. Hot areas at the moment are in the field of portable medical devices, and smart energy devices (including white goods). In both fields we see a demand for UIs which include features closer to those found in more cutting-edge consumer devices like smartphones and tablets, but with the need to run them on a reliable and proven RTOS. Mentor’s Nucleus ReadyStart, which includes our UI technology, makes a great starting point for developers who want to quickly create innovative, reliable and power-efficient devices. After all we want your product development to be as “butter-smooth” as the finished UI.

HMI, Inflexion, RTOS, UI, Nucleus, Nucleus ReadyStart

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About Phil Burr

Phil BurrPhil Burr is Director for HMI Product Marketing for Mentor Graphics’ Embedded Software Division. Phil has a responsibility for the marketing and business development of Mentor’s embedded HMI/UI product line called Inflexion. Phil has almost 20 years of experience in the embedded industry, holding technology, business, and leadership roles. Prior to joining Mentor, Phil co-founded a wireless start-up focused on a low-end mobile phone application platform, and held senior leadership roles at Motorola and TTPCom in the UK, Singapore and Taiwan. Phil holds a Masters Degree and a First Class Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics, Communications and Computer System Engineering from the University of Bradford, UK. Visit Embedded Blog

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