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Mentor Graphics Empowers 32-bit Microcontroller Development with Connectivity and a Small Footprint Binary RTOS with Nucleus SmartFit

Mar 18, 2013

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the Nucleus® SmartFit product, a cost-effective, binary version of the Nucleus RTOS (real time operating system) optimized to fit the limited internal memory of 32-bit MCUs. The Nucleus SmartFit product also includes Sourcery™ CodeBench development tools and provides developers with broad connectivity and power consumption options for developing products based on 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs).

32-bit MCUs provide an ideal hardware platform for devices that connect themselves to the Internet, such as those in machine-to-machine (M2M) applications or the Internet of Things,” said Scot Morrison, general manager of runtime solutions, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. “Nucleus SmartFit is a value-based development platform targeted particularly to developers migrating from bare metal to an RTOS environment where embedded devices require intelligence, connectivity, and low-power functionality.” 

Included in the Nucleus RTOS is the Power Management Framework with which developers can maximize battery life in power-efficient applications. In addition to Sourcery CodeBench development tools, the Nucleus SmartFit platform can be configured to include I/O and bus support, file systems, networking IPv4/IPv6, wireless, and USB functionality. The Nucleus SmartFit product is suited for medical and personal healthcare, smart grid, industrial sensors, and white goods products.

Freescale welcomes the introduction of the Nucleus SmartFit RTOS development bundle supporting our scalable, high-performance 32-bit Kinetis MCUs,” said Michael O’Donnell, director, Software Ecosystem Alliances. “The small-footprint, connectivity and power optimization capabilities of Nucleus SmartFit will allow embedded developers to create innovative applications where low-power, memory, and feature scalability are critical.

Nucleus SmartFit lets developers take advantage of the connectivity and processing power of TI’s Stellaris® ARM® Cortex-M4F MCUs,” said Matt Muse, general manager of Stellaris Cortex-M MCUs, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). “With an optimized memory footprint, middleware connectivity for USB, TCP/IP and Wi-Fi, and integrated development tools, Nucleus SmartFit is a great option for developers transitioning to 32-bit Stellaris MCUs.

The Nucleus SmartFit product is priced starting at $3,995 (USD) and will be available for purchase online. With the tailored board support packages (BSPs) included, product developers can focus on developing features versus writing complex I/O and device support. Devices supported by the Nucleus SmartFit product include Freescale Kinetis, and Texas Instruments’ Stellaris.

For additional information or to purchase the Nucleus SmartFit product or download an evaluation, visit mentor.com/embedded-software/nucleus/smartfit


The Mentor Graphics® Embedded Software Division enables embedded development for a variety of applications including automotive, industrial, smart energy, medical devices, and consumer electronics. Embedded developers can create systems with the latest processors and micro-controllers with commercially supported and customizable Linux®-based solutions including the industry leading Sourcery™ CodeBench and Mentor Embedded Linux products, For real-time control systems developers can take advantage of the small-foot-print and low-power-capable Nucleus® RTOS. For more information, visit www.mentor.com/embedded.

Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year of about $1,090 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

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