Accelerated Technology Debuts Nucleus RTOS for Freescale MCF5282

11/10/2004 - Accelerated Technology(r), a Mentor Graphics division (Nasdaq: MENT), announced the Nucleus(r) Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) for developers using the Freescale Semiconductor ColdFire MCF5282 microcontroller. Embedded developers now have a comprehensive software solution available from one vendor in which to build networked microcontroller applications.

The MCF5282 is the first microcontroller based on Freescale's 32-bit ColdFire core integrated with Ethernet, Flash and controller area network (CAN). With its integrated 10/100 Mbps Ethernet mandatory access control (MAC), the MCF5282 can bring standards-based networking to a variety of traditional microcontroller unit (MCU) applications.

"Our customers can now utilize the Nucleus RTOS-based comprehensive software solution to fully leverage the capabilities of the MCF5282," said Bill Krakar, tools program manager, Freescale Semiconductor. "Freescale has a significant number of customers who have successfully developed numerous applications using the Nucleus RTOS who can now continue that success with the MCF5282."

The Nucleus RTOS, closely integrated with the MCF5282 MCU, provides a customized and solid foundation from which ColdFire core developers can build applications such as food service equipment, security systems, vending machines, exercise equipment and industrial controllers. Applications in all of these areas will benefit from the networking functions provided by the integration of Nucleus RTOS with the MCF5282 MCU such as Web-based user interfaces, network time synchronization and router/gateway functionality for legacy serial protocols.

By implementing the robust and scalable Nucleus RTOS, developers can take advantage of other Nucleus add-on products supporting the MCF5282 processor including the Nucleus NET TCP/IP networking protocol stack, the Nucleus FILE file management software, the Nucleus WebServ embedded Web server software and a CAN driver.

"The addition of networking and flash features to Freescale's ColdFire processor is very exciting because it offers a truly complete and integrated hardware and software solution for today's embedded developers," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division.

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 U.S. For more information, please contact Accelerated Technology at 800-468-6853 or

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Accelerated Technology, a Mentor Graphics division, 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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