Accelerated Introduces Prototyping Environments for Nucleus Designers

4/1/2004 - Accelerated Technology®, the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT), announced its newest addition to the Nucleus® Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) family, the Nucleus SIMTM prototyping solution. As the latest product in a line of prototyping environments, the Nucleus SIM software allows developers to build Nucleus RTOS and middleware applications without the need for hardware, allowing an earlier start for software development.

The Nucleus SIM family of prototyping environments is the next generation of prototyping tools for users of Accelerated Technology's existing Nucleus MNT software. The Nucleus SIM solution includes all of the powerful features found in Nucleus MNTTM and adds more, making it the most complete solution available for embedded systems prototyping. Using these powerful prototyping products, developers can now prototype their complete embedded system, including the man-machine-interface (MMI), input/output (I/O) and peripherals on a development host such as Windows or Linux.

"With the ever shortening time-to-market demands of embedded devices, more of the application software needs to be run before hardware is available. With these new Nucleus prototyping tools, complete system simulation is now possible," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division.

There are two variants of the Nucleus prototyping solution, the Nucleus SIM standard product and the Nucleus SIMdx advanced product. Both products allow developers to simulate embedded applications, with the Nucleus SIMdx software offering the ability to simulate a complete system, including hardware and peripherals, I/O and the man-machine-interface.

The Nucleus SIM prototyping tool allows developers of Nucleus applications to begin development before target hardware is available. Even when hardware is available, developers are not dependent upon it. This can be useful for large teams of engineers where hardware is in short supply or contains bugs.

The Nucleus SIMdx software, the advanced version of the Nucleus SIM product, adds expanded network simulation for peripherals such as Bluetooth and global system for mobile communications (GSM). It is also possible to plug in models for user-defined peripherals, making it feasible to prototype virtually any embedded system.

The Nucleus SIMdxTM solution provides visualization, monitoring and tracing tools that make it possible for the software developer to peek into the operation of the embedded system, including the ability to monitor and control the I/O operations of the application. It also enables the MMI to be prototyped.

Pricing and Availability
The Nucleus embedded software is sold in source code format and without royalty fees. Licenses for the Nucleus SIM software begin at $1,995 and licenses for the Nucleus SIMdx tool begin at $5,995. Existing customers using the Nucleus MNT software can get a free upgrade to the Nucleus SIM tool. 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 3,700 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, Embedded Systems 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, AT's RTOS software shortens time-to-market and provides a complete solution for engineers. For more information, please visit or email us at

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

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