University of Michigan's Solar Car Gains Momentum with Nucleus OSEK

10/25/2004 - Accelerated Technology®, a Mentor Graphics division (Nasdaq: MENT), announced that the Nucleus® OSEK real-time kernel has been used by the Solar Car Team at the University of Michigan to power their latest generation solar car called "Momentum." Within the next few weeks, the car will be undergoing thorough and rigorous on-the-road and track testing.

Momentum will race in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (Topeka, KS) in May 2005 to qualify for the North American Solar Challenge (NASC) held in July 2005. In the NASC, the car must race from Austin, Texas to Calgary, Canada. Winners of the NASC will go on to compete in the World Solar Challenge held in September 2005 in Australia. Similar to the cross-country North American race, solar cars start from Darwin in the north and finish the race in the southern city of Adelaide.

The Nucleus OSEK kernel, developed specifically for embedded applications in the automotive industry, is portable, scalable and robust. Recommended by a University of Michigan faculty member who works with real-time operating systems (RTOS) and digital signal processors (DSP), the Nucleus OSEK kernel was particularly appealing because of the availability of an add-on TCP/IP networking stack component. Developers on the University's solar car team used the Nucleus OSEK kernel to run Momentum's on-board CPU, which is tasked with motor control, data acquisition, cruise control, driver display, driver controls, wireless telemetry and brake cooling.

"The solar car is a very complex embedded application that has the same high reliability and efficiency requirements as commercial car systems," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Embedded Systems Division, Mentor Graphics. "The purpose of this solar car project is to demonstrate the use of an alternative energy source that is better for the environment, and we hope that the Nucleus RTOS can be an integral part of Momentum's success."

Pricing and Availability
The Nucleus embedded software is sold in source code format and without royalty fees. Licenses for the Nucleus software begin at U.S. $12,495 per seat. For more information, please contact Accelerated Technology at 800-468-6853 or

For more information on the North American Solar Challenge, please visit

About Mentor Graphics
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Accelerated Technology, a division of Mentor Graphics Corporation, is located in Mobile, Alabama with sales offices and distributors worldwide. By providing embedded systems developers with a focus on service, well-documented source code and industry-leading non-royalty-based Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) software including modeling software, prototyping tools, kernels, middleware and development tools. AT's suite of products shorten time-to-market and provide a complete solution for engineers. For more information, please visit or email us at

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