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Embedded Linux platform targets AMD Embedded devices

25 Sep 2014

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Mentor Graphics Corp. has introduced the Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) software for the AMD Embedded G-series SoC (previously codenamed: Steppe Eagle), CPU (previously codenamed: Crowned Eagle) and 2nd Generation R-series APU (previously codenamed: Bald Eagle) devices. Developers who began evaluation, prototyping and development by downloading the previously announced and freely available Mentor Embedded Lite and Sourcery CodeBench Lite products can easily migrate to these commercially-supported versions, stated the company.

Developers can make use of the MEL and the Sourcery CodeBench integrated development environment (IDE) products to create dynamic applications targeting markets such as digital gaming, point-of-sale (POS) and electronic signage/displays, added Mentor.

AMD Embedded customers can take advantage of the commercial version of the MEL product on the AMD Embedded G-series and R-series platforms by quickly building, from source, a customised Linux-based platform based on technology from the Yocto Project. Using the Mentor Embedded Sourcery CodeBench and Sourcery Analyser technology, embedded C/C+ developers can gain valuable insights into system behaviour and timing through a visual debugging framework that identifies functional, timing and performance bottlenecks.

For embedded graphics and user interface (UI) development, the commercial MEL platform includes the integrated, accelerated Qt 5 and graphics framework and accelerated GStreamer media stack (OpenMax). This feature is an open source solution based on the Qt Project, used by over 450,000 developers worldwide. In addition to the Qt library modules, developers can make use of unique system-level trace and analysis visualisation to easily optimise UI performance metrics such as frame rate, to deliver highly responsive graphics-intensive applications.

Additional features and capabilities in the MEL Platform for AMD G-series and R-series devices include: multimedia stack (GStreamer), advanced debugging and profiling (Oprofile, Perf, KGDB), Eclipse-based IDE, JTAG probe debug support, and customisation services and technical support for AMD customers.

The MEL platform for AMD Embedded customers is available.

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