Accelerated Technology Announces Kernel Aware Debugging for the ARM RealView Debugger

7/30/2002 - Accelerated Technology, the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics (Nasdaq:MENT), today announced the immediate release of Nucleus PLUS MTD for the ARM® RealView™ Debugger.

Today's embedded applications are increasingly complex. Modern embedded systems have many of the features expected in a desktop operating system such as file systems, network communications and GUIs. But these embedded applications must meet the additional demanding requirements of the embedded environment. In this year's Venture Development Corporation (VDC) embedded developers survey*, application complexity was found to be the third most common reason for late projects. As a result, developers are looking for tools to help them overcome this complexity.

Nucleus PLUS MTD for the ARM RealView Debugger reduces system complexity by allowing developers to debug and tune their applications at the task level. When plugged into the ARM RealView Debugger, the Nucleus PLUS MTD extends the RealView technology to provide kernel aware debugging for Nucleus PLUS, a flexible and portable real-time kernel. Among other things, the ability to debug at the task level allows developers to monitor Nucleus PLUS resources, set task dependant break points and view the call tree for each individual task.

Accelerated Technology has supported ARM products for more than a decade. Nucleus awareness of the ARM debugger will make it even easier for developers to take advantage of the well-documented source code and no royalty fees that Nucleus offers. The robust, scalable features of Nucleus, combined with the highly-optimized RealView Debugger, will give users the tools they need to rapidly build their SoC applications.

"Our experience with ARM and their processors exceeds that of all of our competitors. Now, with integration into ARM's RealView Debugger, our mutual customers have a world class debugging solution with Nucleus PLUS awareness. Supporting other vendor's tools with kernel awareness is and will continue to be a goal for Mentor Graphics in the embedded space. We are continually seeking opportunities to expand the possibilities that our customers can use to enhance their ability to get to market more quickly. This means openness at every level -- our tools, our RTOS, and our services," said Neil Henderson, general manager of Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division.

"We have worked closely with Accelerated Technology on the development of this highly-integrated solution for Nucleus PLUS applications on the ARM architecture," said Rod Crawford, product manager, ARM RealView OS Awareness. "The ARM RealView Debugger with the Nucleus PLUS MTD plug-in provides developers with the ability to visualize many levels of abstraction upon their applications - from bare metal to device visualization, through to RTOS tasks/resources and complete application on one or more ARM cores."

The ARM RealView™ Debugger, which is based on Mentor's embedded technology, is a leading component of ARM's RealView development solution, which delivers multi-core mixed architecture debugging and OS awareness of applications for ARM core-based complex SoC designs.

Pricing and Availability
Available now, the U.S. price for the kernel awareness module for Nucleus starts at $1,295 per seat. The Nucleus PLUS MTD for the ARM RealView Debugger is provided as a Dynamic Link Library (DLL) that plugs seamlessly into the RealView debugger.

Please contact ARM for details about the RealView Debugger.

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $600 million and employs approximately 3,700 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314. World Wide Web site:

Accelerated Technology (AT), the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics, is located in Mobile, Alabama with sales offices and distributors worldwide. By providing embedded systems developers with a focus on service, well-documented source code and industry leading non-royalty based Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) software, AT's RTOS software shortens time-to-market and provides a complete solution for engineers. For more information, please visit or email us at

Mentor Graphics, Accelerated Technology and Nucleus are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

* "The Embedded Software Strategic Market Intelligence Program: 'Volume IV: Embedded Operating Systems, Software Development Tools, Design Automation Tools, and Test Automation Tools' " January 2002, Exhibit VIII-12, Venture Development Corporation.

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