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Platform designs smart user interfaces for Atmel MCUs

Posted: 24 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Nucleus OS? software platform?

Mentor Graphics Corp. has released a software platform based on the Nucleus OS that is integrated, validated and optimized for Atmel AT91SAM9 ARM926EJ-S-based MCUs.

Smart interface
Unlocking the full performance of Atmel silicon, the platform provides developers with an out-of-the-box foundation upon which to more rapidly and cost-efficiently create, integrate and deliver innovative "smart" user interface applications.

"Mentor Graphics' Nucleus-based platform takes significant time and risk out of software development for Atmel customers," said Neil Henderson, general manager of Mentor Graphics embedded systems division. "Now developers can start with a validated working system from day one, allowing them to fully focus on their value-addbuilding innovative applications with highly-functional, media-rich user interfaces, or modifying existing ones without changing the code."

The Atmel AT91SAM9 ARM9-based MCUs target smart control panel solutions across a broad range of applications. These include white goods, medical, printing, security systems, Internet tablets, electronic books, ATM machines, game pads and remote controls. The Nucleus-based platform offers a complete and robust development environment enabling application developers to deliver a quality user experience with less time and effort. Supported on Atmel's SAM9261, SAM9261S, SAM9263 and SAM9RL64 MCUs, demos running on the respective evaluation kits are available for download from Mentor's web site.

"Atmel is addressing the growing market need for smart control panels in control applications featuring graphical representations, access to electronic user guides and touch screens or capacitive sensing, technologies pioneered in portable media players and smart phones. With Mentor Graphics, we deliver a fully integrated off-the-shelf HW/SW platform to application developers," noted Jacko Wilbrink, ARM product marketing director for Atmel. "The Nucleus OS platform with its small footprint and rich multimedia capabilities leverages the high-bandwidth architecture and the robust set of peripherals on our AT91SAM9 ARM9-based microcontroller family, offering a very competitive cost/performance combination."

Short development time
Traditionally, implementing interfaces with audio and video content and advanced visual effects such as animation and one-click re-theming required weeks of development effort. With the Nucleus platform's full-featured real-time operating system and advanced UI engine, such user interfaces can be built, tested and modified rapidly with drag-and-drop tools and deployed without any modification to the underlying software stack.

To enable application software development by in-house teams or independent software vendors, the Nucleus platform is complemented by end-to-end tools including a C++ compiler, debugger, profiler, drag and drop UI designer and host simulation environment, as well as a JTAG probe.

Nucleus OS platform solutions are available immediately.

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