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AMD Partner and Mentor Graphics partner

Mentor Graphics and AMD Partner on Embedded Linux

Advanced Micro Devices and Mentor Graphics on Tuesday announced a multi-year partnership to deliver
open-source embedded Linux software tools for AMD processors and Systems-on-a-Chip (SoCs) built for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Upcoming 64-bit, x86-based AMD products in its Embedded G-Series SoC line code named Steppe Eagle and Embedded R-Series APU/CPU line code named Bald Eagle will be delivered to developers with “a more manageable and focused open source framework” thanks to the agreement, according to the two companies.

“As a Yocto Project-compatible product, Mentor Embedded Linux will now bring standardized features and tools, and ensure quick access to the latest Board Support Packages (BSPs) for the AMD 64-bit, x86 architecture,” they said.

The partnership will “provide embedded developers with more supported processor options, robust development tools, and greater speed in open platform development” for a smarter, more connected generation of IoT systems ranging from casino gaming machines to thin client computers for the enterprise.

Gaming machines and thin clients are among the “six main markets” AMD is focusing on with its recently launched Embedded Business Unit, AMD’s Kamal Khouri told PCMag last week. The others are medical imaging, digital signage, industrial controls and automation, and communications and networking, he said.

Beginning with the Steppe Eagle and Bald Eagle products, developers of AMD-based embedded systems will gain “comprehensive access” the Mentor’s Embedded Linux development platform and the Mentor Embedded Linux Lite package for testing Linux on AMD’s chips. Developers will also be able to use Sourcery CodeBench to evaluate system execution and performance, as well as for debugging work, the companies said.

“Partnering with the largest independent embedded Linux and tools vendor in the market today is an exciting step forward as we continue to invest in the embedded market,” Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s Embedded Solutions group, said in a statement. “We are providing the embedded development community an opportunity for choice, and this agreement with Mentor Graphics brings the embedded community an open-source platform to help tailor and expand their development.”

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