Accelerated First to Offer USB Debugging for Macraigor's New usbDemon

4/15/2004 - Accelerated Technology(r), the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), announced debugging support for the Macraigor Systems usbDemon(tm) connection device with the code|lab(r) Debug software tool. The usbDemon is the first Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection device that the code|lab software supports and the first USB device that Accelerated Technology has agreed to resell. The code|lab Debug software support for the usbDemon device will give developers a single vendor from which they can purchase the USB connection solution to debug their applications.

The usbDemon device provides a USB interface for either joint test action group (JTAG) or background debug mode (BDM) debugging, and is used in the design, debug, test and programming of microprocessor and microcontroller-based embedded systems. The plug-and-play nature of USB makes it very easy to start using the usbDemon device, and avoids the problem of configuring a parallel port. It also eliminates contention for the parallel port with other peripherals such as printers. Finally, the usbDemon device is powered via the USB cable so there is no need for a separate power supply.

The code|lab Debug software is Accelerated Technology's powerful, yet intuitive embedded debugger. Although the code|lab Debug tool already supports many of the most popular embedded processors and connection devices using parallel ports, the addition of the usbDemon device is the first USB connection support, providing benefits that developers can not get with the other parallel port connection devices to date.

"Together, the code|lab software and usbDemon device gives the end user tremendous flexibility in their debug situation," said Craig Haller, chief engineer of Macraigor Systems LLC. "Laptop users can implement the usbDemon/code|lab integration to create a mobile debug platform for remote or hard-to-reach targets. Combining the power of the code|lab software and the speed and convenience of the usbDemon in one package offers the end user an outstanding debug situation."

"As USB becomes a standard connection technology, we can now take advantage of this standard to connect between development host and embedded target. The usbDemon's high performance and modest price will undoubtedly make it popular with our Nucleus customers," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division.

Availability and Pricing
Available now, licenses for the code|lab Debug software start at U.S. $2,495. 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 3,700 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

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