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Siemens PLM Software announces enterprise Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) solution

February 212019
Siemens PLM Software announces enterprise Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) solution

February 21, 2019 - Siemens PLM Software announced an enterprise Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) solution that provides electronics manufacturers secure, scalable and configurable distributions for industrial, medical, aerospace and defense applications. This MEL technology is a configurable distribution that provides an operating system platform for embedded systems development and is a result of the continued integration of the recently acquired embedded systems design capabilities from Mentor Graphics. The solution is based on Debian, an enterprise class, open source Linux operating system. 

The Siemens enterprise technology provides the stability and full features of an enterprise solution, and the customizability of an embedded operating system. An internal team of embedded Linux experts originally developed this solution for use on critical Siemens automation equipment.

The large number of pre-built and fully-tested binary packages integrated in the Siemens enterprise MEL solution provide all of the general features and parameters in the software platform so a large number of users can install it and use it. This can make standard implementation across organizations easier and more efficient. The Siemens binary MEL solution also includes a stable kernel, a toolchain, both with broad community support.

Embedded developers can stay up to date with available security patches and product updates, enabling enterprise-class standardization and maintenance. The Linux solution enables support for secure field updates, and application isolation. This solution is also multicore-enabled to consolidate multiple heterogeneous runtime environments using processor architectures, leveraging the Mentor Embedded Multicore Framework. This helps enable embedded developers to build systems that integrate the Siemens binary Linux, and the Nucleus real-time operating system (RTOS) on complex system-on-chip (SoC) processors.

The enterprise-class MEL is cloud-enabled, supporting industry-standard cloud and IoT technologies such as XMPP, MQTT, AMQP, CoAP, and RESTful API support. Development and analysis tools are included for configuration and optimization of the operating system (OS) so customers can analyze the state and operation of the embedded platform. The Sourcery Analyzer technology can generate time-series data for OS/platform diagnostics and device profiling. In addition, Siemens’ embedded team of experts can provide support, training, and professional services, from basic support and updates/upgrades to critical security defects patches, platform extensions and customized training.

The binary solution based on Debian supports multiple hardware architectures and will ship in Q2, and will be showcased at Embedded World 2019, February 25-28, 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany (Mentor booth, Hall 4, #4-643). A MEL version based on the Yocto  Project is also available. 

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