Free Nucleus RTOS source code? Just a few years ago if you would have told me that Mentor Graphics would be offering free-source-code for one of the most successful, popular and distributed RTOS’s in the world, I would not have believed it. Yet, for the last few quarters, Mentor is doing just that! The Nucleus Innovate Program was announced November 2012 and adoption is picking up quickly!
To date, semiconductor partners TI, STMicro and NXP are key participates. Having semiconductor support for the Nucleus Innovate Program is critical for two reasons: (a) the semiconductor partners are working with Mentor to create a number of new Nucleus BSPs for the Innovate Program which gives customers more choice and (b) Semiconductors have a lot of small customers who can benefit from the Nucleus Innovate Program. It’s truly a win-win-win for Mentor, our Semiconductor Partners and small customers!
There has been dozens of Qualification Forms submitted thus far. Many have been approved for small companies, startups and entrepreneurs who have received a free license of the Nucleus source code and Sourcery CodeBench Development tools. The community support and market response has been fantastic. In the coming months, we will introduce a number of new BSPs developed by our semiconductor partners and announce some new partners.
Innovation seems to be happening in lots of market segments. I personally review all Qualification Forms and have a good feel for the application types that are being submitted. For example, some example application segments that have been approved are: automotive diagnostics, wearable medical, motor control, industrial scales, water quality, fluorescence microscopy, radio control, satellite and flight simulation.
I’m delighted and please about the number of Qualification Forms and diversity in application types being submitted. It’s great to see the interest and adoption of the Nucleus Innovate Program in such a short time. Needless to say, I like it when an innovative plan works… so what’s holding you back, let’s go innovate!
More information about the Nucleus Innovate Program and the simple Qualification Form can be found here: http://www.mentor.com/embedded-software/nucleus/innovate/