Mentor Graphics Nucleus Innovate Program Adds Boards from STMicroelectronics to Accelerate Start-Up Development

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 18, 2012Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced its Mentor® Embedded Nucleus® Innovate Program has added board support for STMicroelectronics devices. The Nucleus Innovate Program is designed to help businesses with less than $1M in annual revenue kick-start their embedded development projects. Qualified companies can accelerate their embedded system development with software provided at no cost, including the Nucleus Real Time Operating System (RTOS), the popular Sourcery™ CodeBench GNU toolchain, and now, ARM-based board support packages (BSPs) for STMicroelectronics devices.

Mentor’s board support packages suit the STMicroelectronics STM32F103, STM32F105/7, STM32F205/7 and STM32L152 device families. This broad range of microcontrollers, from a global semiconductor leader and top supplier of ARM Cortex-M MCUs, target applications such as metering, audio, medical, gaming, telecommunications and networking. When combined with the Nucleus ReadyStart™ platform, embedded developers have a complete embedded environment to develop their system designs with greater efficiency and productivity.

“STMicroelectronics appreciates Mentor’s investment in technology start-ups and we are pleased that Mentor has chosen to include the outstanding STM32 family of MCUs in its Nucleus Innovate Program,” stated Michel Buffa, general manager, Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics. “We are proud to help Mentor so they can provide entrepreneurs with free embedded development software and BSPs to help these companies launch new and innovative products. This partnership is part of our global Ecosystem development fostering innovation and the spread of ST solutions.”

The Nucleus Innovate Program is ideal for applications where small footprint, high-performance, and low power matter. Customers using 32-bit MCUs, as well as single or dual-core processors, can use the Nucleus RTOS and Mentor Embedded tool capabilities. Easy-to-use demonstrations and configurations help shorten development time for medical, industrial, automotive and consumer applications—from days to minutes. Details on qualification and the software provided through the Nucleus Innovate Program are available at

“The Nucleus Innovate Program demonstrates our shared commitment with ST for embedded product innovation targeting start-ups and other small companies,” said Scot Morrison, general manager of runtime solutions, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. “By offering our proven technologies to these companies at no cost, we are facilitating growth in embedded development to help our customers compete in today’s global economy.”

About Mentor Embedded

The Mentor Graphics® Embedded Software Division comprises the Mentor Embedded family of products and services, including embedded software intellectual property (IP), tools, and professional consultant services to help embedded developers and silicon partners optimize their products for design and cost efficiency. The Mentor Embedded team continues to lead the industry with involvement in the open source community, with Inflexion® 2D and 3D UI development, the Sourcery™ open source tools, and the Nucleus RTOS solutions. More information on Mentor Embedded products and services can be found at

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 about $1,015 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics, Mentor, Inflexion and Nucleus are registered trademarks and Sourcery is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. Sourcery is used under license from CodeSourcery, Inc. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owner.)


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