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Accelerated Tech RTOS supports TI processor

Posted: 16 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:accelerated technology? mentor graphics? nucleus? rtos? real-time operating system?

Accelerated Technology, the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics, announced the availability of the Nucleus real-time operating system (RTOS) for Texas Instruments Inc.'s OMAP1710 processor.

According to the press release, the integration of the Nucleus software and TI's OMAP1710 application processor gives developers of cellular handset applications a full-featured, high-performance solution in which to develop differentiated 2.5G and 3G multimedia-enhanced mobile devices and software applications.

"Our Nucleus software and TI's OMAP architecture is a win-win combination for embedded developers of today's and next-generation cellular products," said Robert Day, director of marketing for Mentor Graphics' Embedded Systems Division. "Developers can now more rapidly and reliably develop these products to meet high-volume market needs."

The OMAP1710 processor handles a variety of application tasks in parallel so a user can enjoy several features and services concurrently. The processor engines include an ARM processor, a TI Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engine, a range of software and hardware accelerators for video encoding and decoding, still picture compression, Java, and security.

The Nucleus PLUS kernelthe basis of the Nucleus family of products, and a widely accepted kernel for building cellular phone applicationsis a suitable choice for the feature-rich capabilities that customers require from their multimedia applications.

Other available Nucleus components for the OMAP1710 processor include the Nucleus POSIX application program interface (API), the Nucleus SHELL command line interface and the Nucleus FILE file management software.

Accelerated Tech has increased its support for the OMAP platform by adding a new product, the Nucleus InterProcess Communication (IPC) software, which contains a well-documented, easy-to-use API allowing high-speed communications and data transport between the DSP and ARM microcontroller. The Nucleus IPC software makes this transport possible without the engineer's concern for word-size, byte and bit ordering or other differences between the DSP and ARM cores, explained Accelerated Tech.

The Nucleus embedded software is sold with source code and without royalty fees. Licenses for the Nucleus software begin at $12,495. Accelerated Tech's royalty-free business model makes the Nucleus software especially attractive to the high-volume handset market, as the royalty-free solution enables manufacturers to reduce costs that would normally be passed on to their customers, the press release said.

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