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This week, Mentor Graphics announced a new program composed of Mentor Embedded professional services and products designed specifically for hardware companies. The Mentor Hardware Enablement Program is a newly formalized initiative by the Mentor Embedded Division of Mentor Graphics. The Program's focus is on delivering hardware enablement for silicon and board vendors by an independent embedded ecosystem provider. Ultimately, the Program was developed to provide a range of services and training around embedded Android, Linux, open source tools (GNU, GCC, Eclipse), user interface (UI) creation, and vertical markets, including in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), smart energy, and retail applications.
The Mentor Embedded Hardware Enablement Program includes:
In terms of general program availability, The Mentor Embedded Hardware Enablement Program is available on a worldwide basis. The Mentor Embedded team is actively engaged with opportunities in Europe and Asia, in addition to those in North America.
Due to the wide spectrum of engagements, Mentor's pricing methodology pricing spans a wide range. Many of the services delivered under the Mentor Embedded Hardware Enablement Program start in the tens of thousands of dollars. It is noteworthy that most of the engagements are multifaceted and often leverage more than one element of the Mentor Embedded Hardware Enablement Program.
VDC believes the relationships developed through the Mentor Embedded Hardware Enablement Program have the potential to represent some of the most strategic partnerships for Mentor's Embedded business. And, according to Mentor, at any given time there will be a substantial number of qualified professionals from engineering, marketing, business development, and several other functional roles which are supporting the Mentor Embedded Hardware Enablement Program.