Nucleus RTOS Supports Freescale i.MX21 Multimedia Applications Processor

10/29/2004 - Accelerated Technology®, a Mentor Graphics division (Nasdaq: MENT), announced support for the i.MX family of applications processors from Freescale Semiconductor Inc., (NYSE: FSL) beginning with the Nucleus® real-time operating system (RTOS) support for the i.MX21 multimedia applications processor. Embedded developers using the Nucleus RTOS and the i.MX21 processor will now have a royalty-free solution in which to build wireless and multimedia applications including smartphones, wireless personal digital assistants (PDAs), mobile gaming, portable media players and many other mobile wireless applications.

The demand continues to soar for richer graphics, longer video playback time and Universal Serial Bus (USB) On-The-Go (OTG) features in smart handheld devices. To meet these needs, the i.MX21 multimedia applications processor, based on ARM® core technology, offers developers the ability to design robust multimedia applications with higher levels of video and graphics capabilities, plug-and-play connectivity and "Smart Speed" power management for longer battery life.

On the software side, demanding mobile wireless applications require a portable and scalable RTOS as well as a robust and reliable software platform. The Nucleus RTOS combines all of these features to give developers a flexible, high performance software foundation from which to build complex multimedia applications. A variety of Nucleus middleware components are available to i.MX21 developers including the Nucleus Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) software, the Nucleus FILE file management software, the Nucleus EMAIL package, the Nucleus WebServ embedded Web server and the Nucleus GRAFIX portable graphics package. Each is tightly integrated and has the same source code, royalty-free business model.

"Accelerated Technology fills a key role as a member of our developer community," said Monica Hamilton, Global Strategic Alliances, Freescale Semiconductor. "In addition to the Nucleus real-time operating system, Accelerated Technology offers a broad portfolio of embedded development and prototyping tools that can help bridge the gap between the EDA and embedded worlds. This will give our i.MX21 customers an important time-to-market advantage."

"The Nucleus RTOS has been very successful in the mobile wireless market. The next generation of wireless devices will greatly benefit from the familiar RTOS API with the extended application support and processor features provided by the combination of i.MX21 and the Nucleus middleware," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Embedded Systems Division, Mentor Graphics.

Pricing and Availability
The Nucleus embedded software is sold with source code and without royalty fees. Licenses for the Nucleus software begin at $12,495 US. 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 $675 million and employs approximately 3,800 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, a 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 including modeling software, prototyping tools, kernels, middleware and development tools. AT's suite of products shorten time-to-market and provide a complete solution for engineers. For more information, please visit or email us at

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