Mentor Embedded Supports MATLAB and ARM Platforms

December 10, 2011. Mentor Graphics today announced the availability of its latest Mentor Embedded Sourcery VSIPL++ product, which adds support for ARM v7 Cortex A with NEON single-instruction, multiple-data (SIMD) processing platforms. It also adds an interface to MATLAB for signal- and image-processing algorithm conversion. This MATLAB interface allows users to convert algorithm models into VSIPL++ compliant C++ code and to verify the correct function of the deployed code on a specific target system.

The Sourcery VSIPL++ product is an open-standard, high-level C++ image- and signal-processing library for high-performance computing (HPC) applications. The new product allows users to express algorithms in high-level C++ code, to improve application speed performance and software development productivity for signal- and image-processing algorithms used in embedded systems while simultaneously ensuring application portability across a variety of compute platforms. Key applications for VSIPL++ include radar for military-aerospace, medical diagnostic imaging, and computer vision for industrial control and automotive markets.

Mentor Graphics and the Object Management Group (OMG) have been working closely on advancing the VSIPL++ specification as a global standard for compute-intensive applications targeting embedded systems. Last month, the OMG officially adopted the VSIPL++ specification, marking a smooth and rapid integration of the High Performance Embedded Computing Software Initiative (HPEC-SI) efforts and the OMG Technology Adoption Process. The overall mission of HPEC-SI is software portability to enable “write-once/run-anywhere” capability for high-performance embedded computing applications.

“VSIPL++ is an important step forward for interoperable, portable, reusable applications in the high-performance computing space, the last bastion of non-portable applications,” said Richard Mark Soley, chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group. “There’s no reason developers for HPEC systems should live without the write-once/run-anywhere standards deployed in other markets, and Mentor Graphics Corporation’s leadership role in creating VSIPL++ stands out in support of HPEC developers.”

“Our Mentor Embedded team is proud to be a key contributor to OMG’s initiative to standardize the VSIPL++ specification,” said Glenn Perry, general manager, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. “We expect that the newest enhancements to the Sourcery VSIPL++ product, which incorporate this standard, will benefit the growing number of developers working on compute-intensive applications.”

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