Embedded Developers Benefit from USB On-The-Go Support for Nucleus RTOS

12/1/2004 - Accelerated Technology(r), a Mentor Graphics division (Nasdaq: MENT), announced USB On-The-Go (OTG) support for the Nucleus(r) Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). Developers using the Nucleus USB OTG software can now build products that communicate with each other via Universal Serial Bus (USB) without requiring a PC connection. For example, a digital camera can directly connect to a personal digital assistant (PDA), or a mobile phone can connect to another mobile phone, as long as each device is USB OTG-compatible.

USB OTG grew from the increasing need for portable devices to be able to communicate directly with each other as the culture of technology moves away from a PC-centric world. One of the important features of USB OTG is that the standard does not require a host PC in order for the devices to communicate with each other. USB OTG devices, known as dual-role peripherals, can act as limited hosts or peripherals, as well as connect to a host PC. For example, acting as a host device, a digital camera can print photos directly to a printer. Acting as a peripheral device, the camera can download photos to a PC. The Nucleus USB OTG software enables a wide variety of devices to communicate and share data directly, removing the PC as an intermediate device.

The Nucleus USB OTG software adheres to the USB OTG specification, which is a supplement to the USB 2.0 specification. It also implements the protocols required to support an OTG dual-role device for role switching and session negotiation.

The Nucleus USB OTG software consists of three components: a USB OTG stack, USB OTG class driver and USB OTG controller driver. The Nucleus USB OTG component is complete, fast, small and portable just like all the Nucleus USB family of products. It takes advantage of the Nucleus software services and runs on any system supported by the Nucleus PLUS and the Nucleus microiPLUS kernels. Drivers are available for additional Nucleus software components including the Nucleus NET TCP/IP protocol stack, the Nucleus FILE file management software and the Nucleus GRAFIX portable graphics package. On the hardware side, the Nucleus USB OTG software provides the controller driver for the Mentor Graphics Inventra full-speed (12Mps) and high-speed (480Mps) USB OTG hardware controllers.

"The Nucleus USB OTG software and Inventra hardware IP provide a synergistic embedded development combination that is difficult to beat," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Embedded Systems Division, Mentor Graphics. "With it, customers can now take advantage of ready to use, out-of-the-box USB OTG support to accelerate their time to market for embedded USB OTG designs and differentiate their products in the competitive and rapidly growing portable devices market."

Availability and Pricing
The Nucleus embedded software is licensed with source code and without royalty fees. Available now, licenses for the Nucleus USB OTG stack start at U.S. $19,995 and licenses for the Nucleus USB OTG class drivers begin at U.S. $4,995. For more information, please contact Accelerated Technology at 800-468-6853 or info@acceleratedtechnology.com.

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: http://www.mentor.com/.

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 www.acceleratedtechnology.com or email us at info@acceleratedtechnology.com.

Mentor Graphics, Accelerated Technology and Nucleus are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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