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February 16, 2010

Mentor Graphics Launches Inflexion Graphical User Interface


With the race towards next-generation user interfaces, Mentor Graphics (News - Alert) Corporation announced the immediate availability of the Mentor Embedded Inflexion user interface, or “UI,” for rapid customization and differentiation of Android (News - Alert)-based devices built using the Zoom OMAP36x-III mobile development platform, or “MDP,” which features the Texas Instruments, or “TI,” OMAP3630 processor. The Inflexion UI is available on Android and is ideally suited to work with Zoom OMAP36x-III MDP in addition to TI’s OMAP processor-based eBook development platform.

 
According to Fred Cohen, director of worldwide ecosystem, design of next-generation user interfaces goes well beyond creating new and cool icons, focusing on the applications and the services integrated on the device.
 
“TI is very pleased to support Mentor Graphics and its Inflexion UI platform, providing users with rich and immersive experiences and manufacturers with the ability to quickly and easily customize their UI for multiple themes on the Android platform,” Cohen said. “TI’s popular OMAP 3 application processor, with its high performance graphic capabilities, enables technologies like Mentor Graphics Inflexion UI to be installed quickly on a range of mobile devices from smartphones to eBooks, and transform our digital mobile lifestyle.”
 
The Zoom OMAP36x-III MDP is a feature-rich, portable handheld platform that provides innovative hardware and software, including support for OpenGL ES graphics acceleration for the rapid development of mobile devices. Mentor Graphics offers a unique and specialized Android solution that provides an integrated OEM-customizable 2D/3D platform. The combined products provide embedded developers of Android devices with the ability to quickly develop and manage multiple user-interfaces and create dynamic graphics, animation and 3D effects, in order to meet the innovative product needs demanded by today’s consumers.
 
When used within the TI’s eBook development, eBook manufacturers have the ability to quickly and easily customize graphical user interfaces to enhance the functionality of an eBook device. With the support of color screens and new configurations, eBook manufacturers will look for ways to simplify and enhance the user experience through the use advance UIs.
 
Glenn Perry, general manager at Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division said that the Zoom OMAP36x-III MDP is essential for smartphone and MID application developers.
 
“Our OS-independent Inflexion UI technology delivers superior design scalability through Mentor’s multi-OS/multicore strategy, leveraging Mentor’s Nucleus, Linux, Android and other operating systems, to create innovative and highly differentiated end-products,” Perry said.
 
The Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division comprises the Mentor Embedded family of products and services, including embedded software IP, tools, and consulting services to help embedded developers and silicon partners optimize their products for design and cost efficiency. More information on Mentor Embedded products and services can be found at the website: www.mentor.com/embedded.
 
Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) 2010: Zoom OMAP36x-III MDP Platform and eBook Demonstrations
 
The Zoom OMAP36x-III MDP for Android-based graphics is featured at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this week at Booth 8A84. In addition, TI is showing a dual-screen configuration—a thin film transistor liquid crystal display and electronic paper display—on its Android-based eBook development platform that features the Mentor Graphics Inflexion UI. This demonstration will showcase multi-media functionality such as WVGA video playback, MP3 playback and photo viewer using touch-screen technology.
 
Recently, Texas Instruments (News - Alert) launched three new multi-channel NTSC/PAL video decoders named TVP5158, TVP5157 and TVP5156, according to the company.

Hans Lewis is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire










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