code|lab Debug Software Offers Support for FS2 System Analysis Tools

6/24/2004 - Accelerated Technology(r), the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), announced that its code|lab(r) Debug software debugger now provides support for the ISA-Nios II and ISA-Nios II/T system analysis tools from First Silicon Solution (FS2). Developers using Altera's Nios II embedded processors can now quickly and easily debug their embedded applications using the code|lab debugging software with FS2's system analyzer tools.

The code|lab Debug tool support for the Nios II family of processors was originally announced in conjunction with real-time kernel support on May 19, 2004 (please see press release entitled "Accelerated Technology Announces First Commercial RTOS and Development Tools for Altera's Nios II Embedded Processors"). The code|lab Debug software tool provides a range of multitasking debugging features that include execution control, hardware breakpoints, trace, scripting, program map and two-point timing. Combined with the FS2 system analysis debugger tools, the code|lab Debug software provides an out-of-the-box debugging solution to help Nios II processor developers easily detect and correct bugs in their source code so they can get their product to market quickly.

The system analyzer tools were built around FS2's OCI(r) (On-chip Instrumentation) debug block technology. Specifically designed for Nios II processor developers, these analysis tools include a new performance analysis mode that greatly facilitates user optimization of hardware and software for the field programmable gate array (FPGA) environment.

"FS2 has worked closely with Altera to provide best-in-class tools for the Nios II processor. Integrating our On-Chip Instrumentation (OCI) and ISA probe with Accelerated Technology's code|lab Debug software provides a seamless environment for quick and easy access to the powerful debug features integrated into the processor core," said Rick Leatherman, president of First Silicon Solutions.

"The combination of the code|lab Debug software with the FS2 analysis tools brings a new level of system visibility to developers using the NIOS II architecture. The powerful trace, triggering and performance analysis features of FS2's ISA devices are an excellent complement to the advanced features of the code|lab Debug software, and offer developers a complete and integrated toolset," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division.

Pricing and Availability
The Nucleus embedded software is sold in source code format and without royalty fees. Licenses for the code|lab Debug software tool begin at U.S. $2,495. 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 3,700 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, 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 including kernels, middleware, prototyping software, development tools and modeling software, 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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