Imagination Technologies (News - Alert), a multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies company, recently announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Mentor Graphics (News - Alert) for Sourcery CodeBench development tools components for MIPS CPUs.
Sourcery CodeBench enabled clients to develop embedded systems on microcontrollers and microprocessors for bare metal and Linux based applications. The users can use Sourcery CodeBench and integrated Sourcery Analyzer to quickly identify and fix functional and performance issues in their complex embedded system. The solution enables improved build performance with compile caching, enhanced compilers for improved optimization and reliability, inline assembly support, modifiable linker scripts for advanced code and data placement, support for interrupt handling and reduced application launch time with GNU/Linux prelinker and post processor.
Says Amit Rohatgi, VP marketing, Imagination: “To continue to grow our ecosystem, and take the MIPS architecture to new heights, Imagination and Mentor Graphics have entered into a new multi-year agreement. Open source tools and technologies like Sourcery CodeBench are key drivers for proliferation of our IP. We will continue to work closely together with Mentor to optimize the toolchain and included components which will deliver added functionality and improved performance for new and existing MIPS cores.”
Mark Mitchell, general manager, Open Source (News - Alert) Embedded Solutions at Mentor Graphics, says, “The MIPS architecture is one of the most storied - and most popular - computer architectures in history, and is poised for even greater success now that MIPS is under the stewardship of Imagination Technologies. Mentor Graphics has been a proud MIPS partner for many years. The continuing collaboration between Mentor Graphics and Imagination not only ensures the availability of free, open-source toolchains for MIPS, but ongoing improvements in functionality and performance for embedded developers.”
In related news, Imagination Technologies recently announced that Hardkernel, a hardware supplier specialized in affordable open development platforms, has released the high-performance, low-cost ODROID-XU development board. With ODROID-XU, developers can access the following applications programming interfaces (APIs): Full OpenGL ES 2.0 for Android (News - Alert) and Linux and OpenGL 2.1 for Linux, A range of near OpenGL ES 3.0 features due to a series of OpenGL ES 2.0 extensions for Android and Linux, OpenCL EP 1.1 for Linux, Renderscript and Filterscript for Android.