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Development solution takes on heterogeneous architectures

Posted: 18 Jul 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:heterogeneous architecture  multi-core system  embedded development solution 

Mentor Graphics Corporation unfurled a comprehensive solution for heterogeneous multi-core system-on-chip (SoC) development, which the company claims is the embedded software industry's first.

Heterogeneous architectures are those which combine two or more different types of microprocessors or microcontrollers. They enable the development of advanced embedded systems that consolidate functionality and connectivity to produce high-performance embedded devices.

Mentor Graphics is delivering an integrated development solution that spans device configuration, deployment, and system optimisation for multi-operation system devices that include the Linux platform, real-time operating system (RTOS), and bare-metal applications. This solution helps design teams to quickly develop high-performance applications for industrial, medical, automotive, telecommunications, networking, and consumer electronics products.

The Mentor Graphics embedded development solution for heterogeneous multi-core systems adds several new features that can execute natively or with a hypervisor. These features include:

  • Support for the remote processor framework (remoteproc) for Mentor Embedded Linux, Nucleus RTOS, and bare-metal applications. This aids in the configuration, development, deployment, and management of operating systems and applications across heterogeneous SoC cores
  • Scalable implementations of VirtIO, rpmsg, and the Multicore Communications API (MCAPI) across operating systems to provide efficient inter-processor communication (IPC) for separated device sub-systems
  • Graphical debugging and performance analysis tools that enable a system-wide, synchronised perspective across operating systems and functions

"Next generation SoCs enable the development of unique embedded systems by extending today's multi-core homogeneous architectures with heterogeneous cores," stated Markus Levy, president of the Multicore Association and chairman of the Multicore and the Internet of Things (IoT) Developers Conferences. "Mentor Graphics' continued investment in embedded software and delivery of an integrated heterogeneous multi-core development solution will enable embedded developers to more easily take full advantage of these complex heterogeneous SoCs."

Successful use of heterogeneous multi-core SoCs that combine multi-core microprocessors and multi-core microcontrollers extends beyond the traditional use of symmetric multi-processing (SMP) and asymmetric multi-processing (AMP) approaches.

The new integrated solution from Mentor Graphics addresses many of the challenges designers face with heterogeneous systems including configuring and deploying multiple operating systems and applications across processors; booting multiple operating systems efficiently and in a coordinated manner across micro-processors and microcontrollers; communicating between isolated sub-systems on a multi-core processor or between heterogeneous processors; and visualising interactions between multiple operating systems

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