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Nucleus ReadyStart

Enablement Platform for Developers

Nucleus ReadyStart Datasheet
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The Mentor Embedded™ Nucleus ReadyStart platform brings together integrated software IP, tools, and services into a single, "ready-to-use" solution ideal for applications where a small footprint, deterministic performance, and small code size are essential.

Nucleus ReadyStart answers the most critical development challenges: Cost and time to market. By providing a single distribution that accelerates fast bring-up of a complete system – and by offering rich board support packages (BSPs) along with Mentor Embedded Sourcery Tools, integrated UI development, and power management services – software developers are able to create complex, out-of-the-box target platforms instantly.

Nucleus ReadyStart Features

Product Features

  • System and application workflows
  • Fully integrated “ready-to-use” approach
  • Based on secure and stable RTOS kernel
  • Broad support for hardware: MCU, DSP, FPGA, MPU
  • Comprehensive middleware offerings
  • Toolchain integration with Sourcery tools
  • Integration with the Qt® UI framework

Architecture Support

Nucleus RTOS supports leading embedded architectures, including:

  • ARM
  • ColdFire
  • MicroBlaze
  • MIPS


Fast and easy design configuration

Single, unified source tree and make-based build system make it easy to build simple to complex systems – fast

Fast, out-of-the-box bring-up

Highly integrated design environment and BSP interface significantly reduces bring-up time

Complete tool integration

Design with confidence using Sourcery Tools in all phases of development

UI differentiation

Develop UIs with the industry standard Qt framework fully integrated with Nucleus


Integrated IDE and Toolchain

Nucleus ReadyStart includes Sourcery CodeBench, covering every aspect of embedded development, integrating a GNU-based complier and debugger, with optional JTAG support and the popular Sourcery Analyzer capability, all within an Eclipse based IDE.

System level trace and analysis visualization

The Nucleus Add-on for the Qt framework includes Qt library trace points and analysis agents compatible with Sourcery Analyzer to help investigate and resolve common Qt UI performance problems. Sourcery Analyzer provides analysis visualization that is time-correlated with the events traced in the Nucleus RTOS, middleware and device drivers.

UI simulation via QEMU

Provides PC host-based simulation of UI designs via QEMU with host hardware graphics acceleration enabling effective desk top UI development allowing UI developers to iterate and be productive in parallel with the other development team members bringing up the target hardware.

Embedded target footprint management

The Nucleus Add-on for the Qt framework includes a footprint management wizard that allows developers to easily configure which Qt library modules are included in the target image thereby facilitating a significant reduction in the Qt library memory footprint.

UI integration

Create compelling user interfaces for your embedded devices with the optional Nucleus Add-on for the Qt framework. The Nucleus Add-on for the Qt framework is fully integrated with the Nucleus ReadyStart IDE making the overall UI development workflow significantly more streamlined and manageable.

The integration of Qt with the Nucleus RTOS enables embedded UI developers to access the full benefits of the extensive Qt open source development community, cross-platform support, wide market penetration, and wide availability of Qt skills and resources. The Nucleus Add-on for the Qt framework includes the Qt Designer UI development tool and the Qt Core, Qt GUI and Qt Widget UI library modules. In addition to these Qt project open source based components, the add-on also provides several powerful tools and features not available in the standard open source Qt project software distribution that extend the power of Qt framework for embedded UI design.

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