5/19/2003 - Building on its long-standing support for the Unified Modeling Language (UMLTM), I-Logix Inc., the premier provider of embedded systems and software development solutions, has announced plans for a UML 2.0 compliant version of its award-winning Rhapsody model-driven development environment to be generally available in the Fall of 2003. The new, UML 2.0-compliant version of Rhapsody will follow hard on the heels of the vote to finalize the specification of UML 2.0 due to take place in Paris in June 2003. However, as a major technology contributor to UML 2.0, many of the features that the new standard will incorporate are already supported in the current version of Rhapsody.
Although an important and logical step forward, UML 2.0 represents an incremental evolution rather than revolutionary development in the language. The enhancements are designed to aid scalability and design of large systems and include improved system-level and architectural modeling, richer behavioral modeling, and stronger support for the customization and exchange of models.
"I-Logix has a very strong plan for moving forward with UML 2.0 and we are targeting compliance in the next major version of Rhapsody due for general release in the Fall of 2003 at the latest," said Neeraj Chandra, Senior VP of Marketing & Corporate Development. "As a founding member of UML and long-standing contributor to the standard, support of UML 2.0 is a natural evolution of our current product offering. In fact, because we contributed significant portions of the new standard, many of its capabilities are already supported within Rhapsody today."
As a key founding member of UML, I-Logix has not only provided considerable thought leadership in relation to the ongoing development of the standard, but has also contributed significant technology that underpins its wide appeal. The existing behavioral semantics and executability of UML owe their origins to I-Logix.
This leadership role has continued in the definition process for UML 2.0 through I-Logix’ technical leadership in the U2P consortium, whose proposal has most influenced the specification of the new standard. I-Logix has contributed many of UML 2.0’s advanced concepts such as structured classes (composite classes with parts), Rhapsody’s unique statechart re-use and inheritance, timing diagrams developed by I-Logix’ Chief Evangelist, Dr. Bruce Douglass, and some semantic elements from Rhapsody TestConductor, I-Logix’ scenario-based testing tool.
As a consequence of I-Logix’ extensive involvement in the origins and ongoing development of UML, in contrast to users of competitive products, Rhapsody users will be able to evolve painlessly to the new standard as I-Logix has committed to ensuring that all Rhapsody models built on UML 1.x will be upwardly compatible with UML 2.0.
"UML 2.0 has taken some important steps in addressing the needs of system engineers, particularly in relation to making it easier to model data flow, introducing the concept of ports, and making improvement to sequence diagrams," says Bruce Douglass, I-Logix’ Chief Evangelist. "I-Logix’ extensive track record in providing modeling and simulation tools for system engineers has helped shape the direction of UML 2.0 towards satisfying their needs."
I-Logix is continuing in its efforts to promote the requirements of system engineers through its involvement in the SySML activity at the Object Management Group (OMG), a consortium that is putting together a proposal for an official UML Profile focused specifically on the needs of system engineering. I-Logix is already planning to address many of these systems engineering requirements in the UML 2.0-compliant release of Rhapsody due out in the Fall of 2003.
"As a long-standing member of the OMG and well-respected provider of UML-based development tools, I-Logix’ support and technology contributions have played an important role in establishing UML in the mainstream," says Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO of the OMG. "With UML 2.0, I-Logix has been an equally active and critical participant in the specification and development process, continuing to make important contributions both in terms of technology and domain expertise. Their UML 2.0-compliant tools will doubtless be eagerly awaited. In the meantime, we look forward to I-Logix’ further contributions to the development of UML in the areas of systems engineering and testing, which are primary focus areas for the OMG going forward."
I-Logix Rhapsody is an award-winning, UML-compliant, systems design, application development, and collaboration platform. Rhapsody is used by design and development teams to deliver real-time embedded applications in C, C++, Java, and Ada. Rhapsody uniquely combines a graphical UML programming paradigm with advanced systems design and analysis capabilities and seamlessly links with the target implementation language, resulting in a complete model-driven development environment, from requirements capture through analysis, design, implementation, and test. Operating on either an engineering workstation or PC, Rhapsody has the ability to "execute" graphical models and debug behavior at the design level, both at the host as well as the target, produce test vectors and generate production- quality code within a single development environment. Using Rhapsody, developers can maintain applications at the code level through graphical models. If changes are made to the model, the application code changes as well to correspond to the modifications; if the code is altered, the models are dynamically updated. The dynamic, bi-directional link between the code and the design documentation ensures that Rhapsody is ideally suited for all members of the design team. Rhapsody also incorporates formal verification and Internet technologies to provide unique testing and collaborative capabilities. Leveraging these innovative techniques via an intuitive user interface, Rhapsody dramatically boosts productivity and dramatically improves team collaboration, quality, and re-use leading to significantly compressed development cycles.
About I-Logix Inc.
Founded in 1987, I-Logix is a leading provider of solutions for systems design through software development focused on real-time, embedded applications. These solutions allow engineers to graphically model the behavior and functionality of their embedded systems, analyse and validate the system, and automatically generate production-quality code in a variety of languages. In 2002, I-Logix introduced an enterprise level Product Lifecycle Management Portal that enables users to easily cope with the enormous amount of information that is generated as a product is designed, developed, and marketed.
I-Logix was one of the seven founding companies of the Unified Modeling Language (UML), is a member of the Object Management Group (OMG), Bluetooth SIG, International Council of Systems Engineers (INCOSE), and a founding member of the Embedded Linux Consortium. I-Logix is backed by ABS Ventures, One Liberty Ventures, North Bridge Venture Partners, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Gilde Investments, Phillips Ventures BV, and Needham Capital Partners. I-Logix is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts and has sales and support centers throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East. I-Logix can be found on the Internet at http://www.ilogix.com.
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