Mindready Integrates Nucleus PLUS with SedNet 1394 LLA for FireWire Use

8/11/2004 - Accelerated Technology(r), the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), announced that the Nucleus(r) PLUS real-time kernel has been integrated by Mindready Solutions with its SedNet(tm) 1394 LLA for a major U.S. defense contractor. This integration gives embedded developers a communication library that provides direct access to IEEE-1394/FireWire(r) chipsets.

Features and portability issues of multimedia applications are becoming increasingly complex as consumers want the ability to download high volumes of data, images and video at faster rates of speed. To facilitate this transfer of information, consumers use a high-speed serial bus, known as FireWire(r), which was specifically developed for audio/video real-time communications and is widely used to download video from digital camcorders to the computer.

For developers building applications that require FireWire(r) access, Mindready's SedNetTM 1394 LLA can either act as a hardware driver for IEEE-1394 adapters to ease the development of communication systems, or it can deliver higher performance from the 1394 serial bus, when required by bandwidth-intensive applications. In this latter case, the LLA library forms part of a device driver for communication processing by the Nucleus kernel.

"We are proud that Accelerated Technology has selected our 1394 software," said Claude Delage, president and CEO of Mindready Solutions. "The LLA's combined power and flexibility make it an ideal choice for customers requiring rapid and efficient IEEE-1394/FireWire(r) integration in their applications."

"Applications that require fast processing transfer speeds often need both a fast scalable real-time kernel and a small memory footprint. The Nucleus PLUS kernel is ideal because it offers fast deterministic performance with small code size," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Embedded Systems Division, Mentor Graphics. "The integration of the Nucleus kernel with Mindready's 1394 LLA will give embedded developers the foundation they need to quickly and easily build FireWire(r) applications."

Pricing and Availability
The Nucleus embedded software is sold with source code and without royalty fees. Licenses for the Nucleus software begin at $12,495 U.S. For more information, please contact Accelerated Technology at 800-468-6853 or info@acceleratedtechnology.com. Pricing information for Mindready's 1394 Low Level API and other FireWire(r) products can be obtained at info@mindready.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 3,800 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: http://www.mentor.com/

Accelerated Technology, the 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 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 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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