Mentor Embedded Linux platform supports AMD EPYC and Ryzen embedded processors

February 22, 2018


Mentor Embedded Linux platform supports AMD EPYC and Ryzen embedded processors

Mentor Embedded Linux platform supports AMD's new EPYC Embedded 3000 and Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors based on high-performance x86 "Zen" architecture.

Mentor, a Siemens business, today announced Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) support for the latest AMD Embedded processor families, EPYC Embedded 3000 and Ryzen Embedded V1000, targeting industrial, medical, networking, storage, and edge computing devices. Based on the high-performance x86 "Zen" architecture, these two new AMD product portfolios represent a new age of embedded processors, providing superior performance and a suite of on-chip security features.

Mentor provides "out-of-the-box" embedded Linux support for hardware-accelerated applications, enabling the development of high-performance machine vision and machine learning applications with exceptional integration. This is achieved by enabling OpenCV vision libraries and TensorFlow libraries, with security enabled throughout the device. Mentor is the leading commercial embedded Linux supplier to support this capability. Visit the AMD Booth (Hall #1 - Booth 360) at Embedded World 2018 to see machine vision and machine learning demos running on Mentor Embedded Linux.

The commercial version of MEL provides support for advanced graphics, multimedia and video applications, including popular packaging and development tools for creating gaming applications, such as Pachinko gaming systems. The MEL platform includes updated software development tools: GNU compiler collection (GCC), GNU project debugger (GBD), and Yocto™ Project 4.9 Long-Term Support (LTS) Linux kernel. Graphics components supported with this new commercial version of MEL include:

LunarG software development kit (SDK)


Vulkan drivers – with Mentor being the first and only commercial embedded Linux supplier to support this technology

AMD graphics processing unit (GPU)

Video decode and presentation API for UNIX (VDPAU)

Mentor's "out-of-the-box" support enables customers to get started faster, while leveraging the proven reliability of MEL. The highly-scalable EPYC Embedded 3000 series provides comprehensive security features, so customers can quickly develop Linux-based applications for applications such as networking servers and storage systems. AMD customers using Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors will experience powerful graphics on a single chip with space and power savings, ideal for medical imaging, industrial systems, and casino gaming applications.

Mentor Embedded Linux commercial licenses are available for purchase from the Mentor sales channel for "out-of-the-box" advanced multimedia and industrial vision application development. AMD customers can also download the free MEL Lite version.

Mentor embedded solutions enable embedded development for a variety of applications including automotive, industrial, smart energy, medical devices, and consumer electronics. Embedded developers can create systems with the latest processors and microcontrollers with commercially supported and customizable Linux-based solutions including the industry-leading Sourcery CodeBench and Mentor Embedded Linux products. For real-time systems, developers can take advantage of the small-foot-print and low-power-capable Nucleus RTOS.