Pendulum Selects Accelerated Technology's Nucleus RTOS for CNT-90

11/19/2004 - Accelerated Technology(r), a Mentor Graphics division, announced that its Nucleus(r) real-time operating system (RTOS) has been used by Pendulum Instruments AB to develop the CNT-90 multi-functional timer/counter/analyzer instrument.

The CNT-90 is a tool for measurement, analysis and calibration of frequency, time interval or phase. Whether in test systems, on the R&D bench, in the calibration lab or out in the field, the CNT-90 offers a unique ease-of-use instrument with graphical display and improved control over measurement.

Developers at Pendulum began looking for an RTOS with a rich feature set and highly optimized performance combined with a royalty-free licensing model. They quickly chose the Nucleus RTOS because it contained all of these features. Robust and scalable, the Nucleus RTOS provided a solid and reliable foundation from which to build the CNT-90 measurement device.

The Nucleus software used to develop the CNT-90 included such add-on components as the Nucleus prototyping tools, the Nucleus real-time kernels, the Nucleus GRAFIX portable graphics software package and a wide range of Nucleus development tools. Each software component is tightly integrated so that the entire RTOS package runs seamlessly.

"There is a constant push from the market to combine short development times, low development and production costs with the best possible performance. To meet these high requirements, we needed an RTOS that combined good real-time behavior with a cost-effective, non-royalty based pricing model, while at the same time, bringing us up to speed with what we do best: developing the high performance and high speed measurements our customers expect," said Staffan Johansson, vice president of sales and marketing at Pendulum Instruments. "Together with the flexibility to add auxiliary non-critical, ready-made functionality such as TCP/IP and good quality development tools, we selected the Nucleus RTOS as our software of choice."

"In an application such as the CNT-90 measurement device, software engineers must be confident in the reliability and robustness of the RTOS and its components that play a vital role in the solution. The Nucleus RTOS has been proven in thousands of embedded applications to meet these requirements," said Robert Day, director of marketing for the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics.

Availability and Pricing
The Nucleus embedded software is licensed with source code and without royalty fees. Available now, licenses for the Nucleus RTOS start at U.S. $12,495. For more information, please contact Accelerated Technology at 800-468-6853 or

For information about Pendulum and the CNT-90, please visit

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 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

Mentor Graphics and Accelerated Technology are registered trademarks and Nucleus is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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