Nucleus RTOS Supports Embedded Devices Built to NAFEM Standards

5/26/2004 - Accelerated Technology(r), the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), announced that the Nucleus(r) Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) now supports the North American Association of Food Equipment (NAFEM) Data Protocol, a set of management information bases (MIB) allowing the exchange of information and instructions between foodservice equipment and personal computers. As a result, food service facilities can now automate maintenance and service schedules, reduce equipment downtime, maximize product quality and increase food safety.

The Nucleus PLUS real-time kernel, the Nucleus NET TCP/IP protocol stack and the Nucleus Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) have been integrated with the NAFEM Data Protocol to create the Nucleus NAFEM software for developers building networking applications in the foodservice industry.

"Industries are always striving to cut costs and to improve products, and the foodservice industry is no exception. Utilizing a technology such as the NAFEM Data Protocol allows the foodservice industry to achieve this goal; the Nucleus NAFEM software gives developers a head start by providing a solid foundation on which to build their product," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division.

Major restaurant chains in the United States recognized the potential efficiencies associated by linking individual pieces of commercial kitchen equipment and began working with NAFEM to develop an industry-wide set of rules to facilitate the exchange of data between independent pieces of commercial kitchen equipment and a personal computer. The result, the NAFEM Data Protocol released in 2003, allows online kitchens to make today's foodservice facilities easier and simpler to operate by automating the management processes for inventory, labor, food safety, asset management, energy consumption and administrative functions.

The Nucleus RTOS, a scalable and robust platform, is highly optimized to provide the most efficient foundation for an embedded application. Provided with well-documented source code and without royalty fees, the Nucleus RTOS gives embedded developers the solution they need to design their foodservice equipment according to NAFEM Data Protocol standards.

Pricing and Availability
The Nucleus embedded software is sold in source code format and without royalty fees. Licenses for the Nucleus software begin at $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 3,700 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 including kernels, middleware, prototyping software, development tools and modeling software, 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

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