Embedded Linux platform supports open-source tools

Built with contributions from hundreds of software experts, the Linux operating system has captured the attention of embedded developers worldwide and is available in commercial distributions throughout the embedded market. To help eliminate the requirement to match a specific Linux configuration with a new design’s hardware architecture, Mentor Graphics recently released the next-generation Mentor Embedded Linux platform with support for the open-source Yocto Project. This project is a collaborative venture established by the Linux Foundation to provide standardized open-source tools and resources to support embedded development.

The new Mentor Embedded Linux platform allows developers to easily select the best Linux kernel for their needs, whether that kernel was developed by Mentor Graphics, a semiconductor company, or another third party. Reference board support packages for leading hardware platforms, including those from Broadcom, Freescale Semiconductor, Intel, and Texas Instru-ments are included in the Mentor Embedded Linux platform. The Linux platform also supports the QEMU emulator, allowing users to simulate Linux system development without using actual hardware.