I can’t tell you how delighted I am with the success of the Nucleus Innovate Program! Since its inception almost 18 months ago, there have been dozens of Qualification Forms submitted and of those over 40% have been approved for a free license of the Nucleus RTOS and Sourcery CodeBench IDE tools! Furthermore, we’ve announced Semiconductor partnerships with TI, STMicroelectronics, NXP and Atmel. Collectively, the customers and partnerships supporting the Nucleus Innovate Program have developed into a nice ecosystem around this free RTOS program that continues to grow.
In addition to the successful Semiconductor relationships, I’d like to talk about a new type of partnership with the folks at lionboard.org. I received a Qualification Form from a contact person with the lionboard.org organization. When I checked out the lionboard.org webpage, I quickly learned this was not a standard request. Rather, it opened my eyes to a new type of partnership that can be repeatable and offer Nucleus Innovate Customers a number of new Boards Support Packages (BSPs) for new hardware. For example, the first Nucleus BSP created by the lionboard.org team will be for the Lionboard 368 development kit pictured below.
If you’re not familiar with lionboard.org, they’re an online resource site supporting the Lionboard 368, which is a low-cost development platform for the TI DaVinci™ TMS320DM368 Digital Media Processor. In addition to the Lionboard 368 development kit, they also offer a low-cost module and bare board. The prices for these boards range from just $99 to $168, so lots of value for the money. While the community openly supports Linux for the Lionboard 368, creating BSP for the Nucleus RTOS can open new doors for customers who are building applications where footprint, performance and getting out-of-the-box quickly with an RTOS are important. More information on lionboard.org can be found here: www.lionboard.org
I’m really excited about the lionboard.org group joining the Nucleus Innovate Program! I’m sure qualified TI DaVinci™ 368 customers will appreciate the free commercial source code offer for the Nucleus RTOS and seats of the Sourcery CodeBench IDE tools. For more information on qualifying for the Nucleus Innovate Program, please click here: http://www.mentor.com/embedded-software/nucleus/innovate/