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ST Nomadik processors feature Mentor's Nucleus Mobile OS

Posted: 22 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? Mentor Graphics? Nucleus Mobile? Nomadik? multimedia application processor?

STMicroelectronics (ST) and Mentor Graphics Corp. have partnered to make Mentor's Nucleus Mobile OS available on ST's Nomadik STn880x and STn881x series of multimedia application processors. According to the two companies, this will deliver to developers using Nomadik processors a scalable and robust foundation from which to build mobile features phone applications quickly and easily.

With prevalent consumer adoption of mobile technology, handset manufacturers and wireless carriers realized the need to provide high-end features such as multimedia, Internet and PDA functionality in mid-range phones. This is to achieve high sales volume and drive usage of wireless data and content services. Pairing Nucleus Mobile OS with Nomadik processors provides a platform solution that enables mobile phone manufacturers to address this growing market.

"The Nucleus Mobile OS has long dominated the baseband side of the mobile phone processing equation," said Neil Henderson, GM for embedded systems division of Mentor Graphics. "Now, we're seeing more and more opportunities to play on the application side as well. By combining the powerful Nomadik-based platform with the expansive features of the Nucleus Mobile OS, handset makers can give consumers the features they want at a price they can afford."

The Nomadik family of mobile multimedia processors harnesses a multicore distributed architecture based on ARM926EJ-S core to deliver video, audio and graphics, reduced power consumption, and simplified software development for products like smart phones, PDAs, Internet appliances and car entertainment systems.

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