Nucleus EDGE Becomes First Embedded Software to Support Xilinx FPGA Processors

9/13/2005 - Accelerated Technology, a Mentor Graphics division (Nasdaq: MENT), announced that its Eclipse-powered Nucleus(r) EDGE software development environment is now available for the MicroBlaze(tm) 32-bit soft processor core and the PowerPC(tm) based processors from Xilinx(r), Inc. The software is the first commercially available, combined integrated development environment (IDE) and debugging solution that fully supports both processors individually and simultaneously, with seamless integration into the Xilinx Platform Studio(tm) (XPS).

The Nucleus EDGE software gives field programmable gate array (FPGA) developers an entirely integrated embedded development environment, including an IDE, compiler, debugger and system profiler, with which to create products from concept to deployment. The software also provides developers with full build and debug support for heterogeneous multiprocessor designs, including synchronous control of all of the cores in the system (depending on hardware configuration).

"We are very excited about this opportunity to work with Accelerated Technology," said Milan Saini, technical marketing manager of the Alliance Marketing Program at Xilinx. "With the addition of the Nucleus EDGE development tools to the Xilinx ecosystem, our FPGA-based embedded processor developers now have access to a unique and differentiated environment that is among the leading solutions in its space."

Building upon the integration of the Nucleus Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) into the Xilinx design flow, the Nucleus EDGE software also plugs into the Xilinx Platform Studio (XPS) using the power of the Eclipse framework, shared by both environments. This allows the developer to stay within the Xilinx tool flow for the entire design process, including automatic generation of the Nucleus RTOS and middleware when changes are made in the Xilinx FPGA, and then an easy change from build to debug to profile perspectives from XPS.

"Using microprocessors in FPGAs is becoming much more common, but some of the software requirements are very different from the traditional CPU world," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Accelerated Technology Division, Mentor Graphics. "The integration of the Nucleus EDGE software with Xilinx's Platform Studio allows for seamless development and configuration of both application and system software to match the ease of developing FPGA-based hardware."

Pricing and Availability
Licenses for the complete Nucleus EDGE development suite begin at U.S. $3,000 per seat. 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 over $700 million and employs approximately 3,900 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.

Accelerated Technology, a division of Mentor Graphics Corporation, is located in Mobile, Alabama and has engineering sites, sales offices and distributors worldwide. As a leading provider of royalty-free, embedded real-time operating system (RTOS) software, Accelerated Technology helps developers accelerate product time-to-market in a wide range of embedded device applications. Its comprehensive Nucleus RTOS includes a high-level design UML suite, graphical prototyping tools, kernels, middleware and Eclipse-based development tools. For more information, please e-mail us at

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