Accelerated Supports Motorola PowerQUICC with Complete RTOS and Tools

9/17/2003 - Accelerated Technology®, the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation, announced support for the Motorola PowerQUICCTM III processor family, beginning with support for the MPC8560 processor, with the NucleusTM Real-Time Operating System (RTOS), Microtec® C and C++ compilation tools and the XRAY® Debugger. Embedded developers now have a complete software solution available from one vendor in which to build, compile and debug their communication and networking applications.

The Nucleus RTOS is a robust, scalable embedded operating system. The scalability of the Nucleus RTOS makes it suitable for a broad range of embedded applications. The Nucleus RTOS can scale down to as small as 23KB, for both code and data, on the PowerQUICC family of processors. This small size when coupled with the efficient Nucleus NET networking stack offers a full but compact solution for building networked applications. By utilizing the number of middleware products available for the Nucleus RTOS (including an embedded graphical user interface, file system, 802.11 and USB stack), the Nucleus kernel can scale up for use in virtually any embedded communications product.

Accelerated Technology's complete tool suite is also available for the PowerQUICC III family of processors. The XRAY debugger provides powerful debugging capabilities with a consistent feature-set and user interface for all popular development hosts. In addition to supporting both Windows and Unix hosts, the XRAY debugger has a wide range of product features that help speed development time for embedded engineers. These include support for multiple execution environments, from instruction set simulation through co-verification and into on-chip debugging. Comprehensive RTOS-awareness for the Nucleus RTOS allows users to focus on per-task behavior of their system.

Adding the Microtec cross-compiler, assembler and linker complete the solution supporting the MPC8560 processor. This highly optimizing compiler helps developers take advantage of the new Motorola chip variants as they are released.

Motorola's PowerQUICC III processors provide a higher level of performance in all areas of device operation including greater flexibility, extended capabilities and higher integration. Coupling the Nucleus RTOS and tool suite with the PowerQUICC III processor family provides developers with an ideal solution for their embedded applications.

"Motorola welcomes the support from Accelerated Technology's embedded software for our PowerQUICC III processors," said Mike Shoemake, PowerQUICC marketing manager for Motorola. "PowerQUICC customers can take advantage of the combination of the Nucleus RTOS and development tools and the integrated features of the MPC8560 processor to build a strong platform for their networking and other high-performance embedded applications."

"Because of the popularity of Motorola's PowerQUICC family, we have consistently supported these processors by giving our customers a robust RTOS and a complete tool chain to take their embedded designs from conception to production," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division.

Pricing and Availability
Available now, licenses for the Nucleus software start at U.S. $12,495. Licenses for the XRAY Debugger start at $2,495 and licenses for the Microtec compiler begin at $2,400. For more information, please contact Accelerated Technology at 800-468-6853 or

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 $650 million and employs approximately 3,500 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, Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation, 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 Microtec are registered trademarks and Nucleus is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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