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15 Jan, 2014

John Day Mentor Graphics’ Embedded Software division has released a new version of its Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) for developing Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. Embedded division general manager Glenn Perry notes that the new release has achieved GENIVI 5.0-compliance with leading IVI systems-on-chips (SoCs) such as Freescale’s i.MX6, Texas Instruments’ OMAP5 and Renesas’ Marzen … Read More

Yocto, GENIVI, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), Freescale, Renesas, Texas Instruments, Linux, Mentor Graphics

15 Jan, 2014

Kamran Shah There are a number of heterogeneous multicore SoCs being introduced including the Vybrid platform from Freescale and the Jacinto 6 platform from Texas Instruments. At CES in January 2014 we demonstrated how the communication between Cortex M4 and Cortex A15 cores on the TI Jacinto 6 can be implemented using rpmsg. The two videos below show this demonstration in action. The first video illustrates how … Read More

rpmsg, Multicore, Texas Instruments, heterogenous, Infotainment, AUTOSAR, IPC, jacinto 6, instrument cluster, inter-processor communication

14 Jan, 2014

Ricardo Anguiano Software development on early stage custom hardware platforms is not for mere mortals. The hardware isn’t finished yet, so the software team must wait for prototype boards to arrive. Then there’s the build, flash, test and debug cycle. Traditional, JTAG and printf-style debugging are hard enough but when application performance must be improved, there’s when the real wizardry takes … Read More

Sourcery CodeBench Virtual Edition, Sourcery Analyzer, virtual prototype, Bare Metal, Cortex-A9, ARM, Vista, OpenGL, Performance Analysis, GPU, hardware simulator

13 Jan, 2014

Safety critical sensors in cars

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls A number of industry segments demand systems that comply with specific safety requirements. Obvious examples are mil/aero and medical and, of course, one which we bump into every day and in which Mentor Embedded is very active: automotive. Modern cars are stuffed with microprocessors and microcontrollers, which perform a variety of functions, which vary in their importance from convenience to safety … Read More

safety critical, sensor

6 Jan, 2014

Colin Walls A majority of embedded devices nowadays are implemented using an operating system of some kind. This has not always been the case and need not be today. Historically, using an OS was less common mainly because the applications were less complex and CPUs less powerful. Some thought is needed, at an early stage in a project, to determine which OS to use [or whether to use one at all] … This all … Read More

Linux, multi-core, RTOS, Multi-OS, Nucleus

2 Jan, 2014

Matt Radochonski Happy New Year!  You may have noticed that we rang in 2014 by launching a new website this week, affectionately known around here as “Mentor Embedded 3.0.”  In addition to the obvious look-and-feel updates & rotating offer banners at the top of certain pages there are a handful of functional upgrades we hope you will find useful: Improved site experience for mobile devices Guidance … Read More

general, Mentor Embedded, Mentor.com, Website

31 Dec, 2013

Kamran Shah Our team has been busy working a new demonstration based on the TI Jacinto 6 automotive processor. If you’re interested in seeing it in person, your first chance will be next week at CES in Las Vegas at the GENIVI demonstration showcase. The Jacinto 6 platform is an interesting SoC that brings together a dual core Cortex™ A15 and two dual core Cortex™ M4 processors. The demonstration we’re … Read More

Texas Instruments, AUTOSAR, CES, instrument cluster, jacinto 6, GENIVI, Infotainment

19 Dec, 2013

Kamran Shah The consumer electronics show has turned into a hotbed of automotive activity in recent years. January in Las Vegas for CES 2014 looks to promise even more  for those interested in cars and the automotive industry. Our own team and our partners will be on hand as well. I hope you’l be able to join us. If you plan to be there and would like to meet up with me or members of our team feel free to … Read More

Texas Instruments, CES, Android, Infotainment, jacinto 6, Freescale, html 5

16 Dec, 2013

Colin Walls Nowadays, social networking is becoming quite “grown up” and goes a long way beyond teens discussing how to (mis)spend their time or posting 200 near identical and blurred photographs of last night’s awesome [sic] party. Although I do use Facebook, in a professional context I think that LinkedIn has much more value. Although it is essentially “Facebook for adults”, there … Read More

10 Dec, 2013

Jamie Little “When profits hang in the balance, get a Reliable Scale”  That’s a great tagline for an industrial scale company! Since 1984, the folks at Reliable Scale Corporation in Calgary, Alberta, Canada have been producing a variety of scales for agriculture, oilfield and industrial applications; including live animal & bin weighing, force sensing for pumpjack and wireline applications as well as general … Read More

rtos nucleus mcu microcontroller, RTOS, Cortex M3, Atmel, Mentor Embedded, Nucleus, industrial control, MCU

9 Dec, 2013

GENIVI Diagnostic Log and Trace

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls Last week there was a new release of Sourcery CodeBench, which I saw somewhere posted as “A Christmas present from Mentor Embedded”. As this release covers a wide range of functionality in both Sourcery CodeBench and Sourcery Analyzer, I thought it would be interesting to focus on a specific new feature and dig into the technology a little. I have been investigating Diagnostic Log and Trace … Read More

System Analyzer, DLT, Sourcery Analyzer, GENIVI, MISA

2 Dec, 2013

Ricardo Anguiano Coinciding with the Fall 2013 release of our Sourcery CodeBench embedded software development tools, Mentor Graphics is making available a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Vista Virtual Prototype Simulator.  The simulator will be available for free to our Professional Edition customers, boots Mentor Embedded Linux, and works seamlessly with Sourcery CodeBench to provide a debug experience free from embedded … Read More

embedded hardware, hardware simulator, Embedded, virtual prototype simulator, simulator

2 Dec, 2013

Colin Walls In the light of recent announcement of Mentor Embedded Hypervisor and discussions about embedded hypervisor technology, I am pleased to have another opportunity to host the ramblings [his word] of my colleague Faheem Sheikh. I would question his implying that it is easy to make a perfect cheese omelette from a recipe … An oft-cited analogy for software working out-of-the-box (OOTB) is that of … Read More

Multicore, TrustZone, hypervisor, Embedded Hypervisor, multi-core, Multi-OS, Linux, mentor embedded hypervisor

2 Dec, 2013

Hollis Blanchard Ever had to work closely with someone else to debug a problem? Maybe there’s a nasty bug that Alice can’t reproduce, but Bob seems to hit it every time. In large software projects, Alice and Bob might not even work for the same company: one company doing integration reports problems with a component that another company built… but problems that are only visible in the integrated system. In … Read More

tracing, Sourcery Analyzer

27 Nov, 2013

Felix Baum At Tokyo Embedded Tradeshow last week, the Mentor ESD team was very busy as we had many medical customers stopping by our booth to find out how Mentor Embedded Hypervisor can help them to address regulatory and ethical issues with protecting sensitive patient information and industrial customers to make industrial equipment secure and more reliable. The explosion in medical devices is due in part to … Read More

multi-core, Medical, Multi-OS, ARM, Cortex, Android, TrustZone, industrial, Linux, Virtual Machine, Embedded, hypervisor

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