Accelerated Technology Creates UML Platform for Embedded Developers

10/28/2004 - Accelerated Technology®, a Mentor Graphics division (Nasdaq: MENT), announced that it has combined its widely used executable and translatable UML (xtUML) modeling solution with its extensive prototyping product to offer a new level of productivity to the embedded software developer.

The Nucleus® BridgePoint® for UML modeling suite together with the Nucleus SIMdx prototyping environment provides a complete hardware-independent platform for developing embedded applications. Software developers can now develop entire applications and verify them graphically on the development host, dramatically increasing the availability of the development platform.

The use of high-level modeling in the embedded world allows embedded application developers to focus on the application rather than the deployment hardware by raising the development abstraction level above the traditional high-level languages. The use of xtUML language specifically allows the modeled application to be executed and hence verified at design time, and then translated into either C or C++ to be compiled directly for an embedded system. By importing this translated code into the Nucleus SIMdx prototyping environment, a new level of system level prototyping is realized.

The Nucleus SIMdx prototyping environment gives the embedded developer the opportunity to build a complete host-based simulated version of their hardware platform, including peripherals, user interface, software protocols and IO. This virtual hardware platform can then run the modeled code against the simulated hardware, and give the opportunity to do either complete system or specific module/component testing without the requirement for hardware. Once the models and the prototyping platform have been built, they can be deployed to all the software developers as a reusable application development platform. This reduces the dependence on prototype hardware and aids global software development teams, who can all write their software against the same platform.

"Accelerated Technology is unique in the embedded market, offering a true modeling solution with other embedded technologies such as the Nucleus SIMdx prototyping product. By combining these technologies, the embedded developer can now verify his embedded system without having access to hardware, shortening development time and getting products to market earlier," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Embedded Systems Division, Mentor Graphics.

Pricing and Availability
Available now, licenses for the Nucleus software start at U.S. $12,495. For more information, please contact Accelerated Technology at 800-468-6853 or

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $675 million and employs approximately 3,800 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314. World Wide Web site:

Accelerated Technology, a Mentor Graphics division, 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

Mentor Graphics, Accelerated Technology, BridgePoint and Nucleus are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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