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Atmel Corporation Joins the Nucleus Innovate Program


The Nucleus Innovate Program continues to offer great value for small companies, startups and entrepreneurs.   There have been dozens of customers approved for free RTOS access with IDE tools in the Nucleus Innovate Package, which includes both the Nucleus RTOS and seats of the Sourcery CodeBench tools.  Customers can choose from a variety of popular BSPs for some of the most popular MCU devices available in the market today.

I’m delighted to see Atmel Corporation join the Nucleus Innovate Program!   Atmel and Mentor Embedded have enjoyed a long history together.  The Nucleus RTOS has supported ARM-based devices from Atmel for many years.  While the Nucleus Innovate Programs targets ARM-based microcontrollers, Mentor Embedded continues to offer Nucleus RTOS BSPs and other embedded software products, services and tools for the Atmel ARM7, ARM9 and Cortex M devices.

Atmel Corporation offers a number of ARM-based MCU devices in its portfolio, including the SAM3 and SAM4 families.  These families of devices are included in the first set of Nucleus BSPs available within the Nucleus Innovate Program.  Specifically, Nucleus BSPs are offered for the ATSAM3U-EK and the ATSAM4S-EK2 evaluation boards today.   The SAM4S (pictured below) offers a unique blend of scalable performance, memory options and power efficiency.  These attributes fit perfectly with the Nucleus RTOS, which offers low-footprint and one of the best Power Management solutions available in the market today.  Additional Nucleus BSPs for popular Atmel ARM-based MCU devices will be announced soon.


The Nucleus Innovate Program is a free RTOS and tools program targeting small companies, startups and entrepreneurs with less than $1mil in revenue.  Qualified customers get free access to the Nucleus RTOS source code and seats of the Sourcery Codebench IDE tools.  Qualification is quick and easy!  To find out if your company is qualified for a free license, please visit:


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About Jamie Little

Jamie LittleI work in the Embedded Software Division (ESD) of Mentor Graphics. I have 20 years of experience in the embedded market with the first 17 being in Sales Management and the last four in Marketing/Business Development. During my career in the embedded market, I’ve enjoyed calling on worldwide accounts, engaging many customers, attending countless events and working with our partners. In my current role, I work closely with our Semiconductor Partners and Ecosystem Partners. I also manage Nucleus Innovate Program, which is a specialized program targeted to small companies. I have the unique opportunity to learn about current semiconductor devices, key market segments and customer use cases. Outside of work, I enjoy a number of outdoor hobbies on the Gulf Coast and spending time with my three kids. Visit Embedded Blog

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