Let’s start with some trivia –
Which company has contributed over 10,000 changes to the official source repositories for the GNU toolchain?
No luck? Ok, maybe this will help:
This same company’s engineers hold over 50 leadership positions (maintainer, reviewer, steering committee member etc.) in the open source community!
I would not fault you for thinking of Fortune 500 high-tech names, but the answer is Mentor Graphics, specifically the Mentor Embedded division!
Embedded processing platforms – be it for graphics, mobile, industrial or any other application, rely on a stable SDK to enable end developers fully leverage the offered capabilities.
The development toolchain is an essential piece of the SDK, and it is a popular choice to use open source software components to build this. At Mentor Embedded, we have been enabling platform vendors deliver a quality SDK built around a full validated OSS-based toolchain founded on the Sourcery CodeBench development environment.
Given Mentor Embedded’s solid expertise and OSS knowhow, it is no surprise that we are a popular choice for semiconductor and system houses to enable their embedded development needs.
Apart from enabling commercial embedded platforms, the popular Sourcery CodeBench Lite toolchain is the cross compiler of choice for popular development boards such as the BeagleBoard and the PandaBoard.