IVL Selects Nucleus PLUS for On-Key Karaoke Handheld Player

4/8/2004 - Accelerated Technology®, the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), announced that its Nucleus® PLUS real-time kernel has been used by IVL Technologies to develop the On-Key Karaoke Handheld Player - a winner in the 2002 Best Product competition by BusinessWeek and USA Today.

This karaoke microphone plugs into a television and allows a person to sing to any of the 50 songs built in to the microphone. The device also connects to the Internet so more songs can be downloaded. The Karaoke microphone contains many innovative features such as tempo control, pitch correction, harmony, key control of the music played and transformation of the voice to the opposite gender.

IVL Technologies purchased a development package based on the Nucleus kernel from Sound Vision Inc., an image and audio processor technology company. A longtime reference partner with Accelerated Technology, Sound Vision provided a development package that included an ARM7 TDMI-based chip called Clarity 4, combined with the Nucleus PLUS kernel.

The Nucleus PLUS kernel is reliable and scalable; developers can scale the kernel down to as small as 17KB, including both code and data sizes, for the ARM7 processor. This is important for feature-intensive consumer electronics applications such as the On-Key Karaoke Handheld Player. Additionally, with Accelerated Technology's royalty-free business model, IVL saved money using the Nucleus kernel by eliminating extra fees that would ordinarily be passed on to the consumer.

"With consumer electronics products like the On-Key Karaoke Handheld Player, we needed software that was reliable, compact and deterministic. When processing audio and video, we require the OS to have a low and consistent latency for interrupts and task switching. The Nucleus PLUS kernel met those requirements," said Mike Ray, engineering manager, IVL Technologies Ltd.

"Size and performance are key attributes that a developer looks for in a kernel when building handheld consumer applications. This, coupled with a royalty-free business model, makes the Nucleus kernel an attractive choice for products such as the karaoke microphone," said Robert Day, director of marketing for Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division.

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

For information about IVL Technologies and the On-Key Karaoke Handheld Player, please visit www.ivl.com or contact Ms. Jo-Ann Marlow at 250-544-4148 or e-mail at JMarlow@ivl.com.

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: http://www.mentor.com/.

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 www.acceleratedtechnology.com or email us at info@acceleratedtechnology.com.

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

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