Quatech Develops ThinQ Serial Device Servers with Nucleus RTOS

1/6/2005 - Accelerated Technology(r), a Mentor Graphics division, announced that its Nucleus(r) real-time operating system (RTOS) has been used by Quatech to develop the ThinQ line of wired and wireless serial device servers.

Serial communications are cost-effective, reliable and time-tested protocols for data transfer. They are used in millions of retail, manufacturing, banking and security applications that require serial-based peripheral devices such as bar code scanners, receipt printers, CNC machines, security cameras, scales, automated process equipment and card readers.

Using data efficiently from a stand-alone serial device, however, can be difficult since traditionally the information can only be accessed through a single, physically attached computer. Serial device servers overcome this barrier by IP-enabling the serial device, providing an easy connection to an Ethernet LAN or WAN. The information is then accessible from any computer on the network.

"We had a number of technical and marketing requirements in mind when we began shopping for an RTOS," said David Johnson, product marketing manager, Quatech. "We chose the Nucleus RTOS because of its proven reputation, no-royalties business model and the wide variety of middleware components available. Each of these advantages will help us keep our ThinQ serial device servers one step ahead of the competition."

On the hardware side, Quatech's developers planned to use the Freescale(tm) Semiconductor MPC855T microprocessor and were pleased that the Nucleus RTOS already supported this chip. Quatech was also interested in the add-on capabilities of the Nucleus RTOS, for future products such as SNMP support, PCMCIA extensions and 802.11b wireless technologies.

The Nucleus RTOS supports a number of other feature-rich, middleware components including prototyping tools, a complete TCP/IP protocol stack, embedded Web server software, development tools and more. Each is tightly integrated to allow the entire RTOS package to run seamlessly and efficiently, and allow Quatech to quickly add features that customers demand.

"Our goal is to provide embedded developers building data transfer devices with the tools they need to do their job easily and quickly. Quatech's ThinQ serial device servers, built on a Nucleus software foundation, ensure the secure and efficient transfer of sensitive information for businesses worldwide," said Robert Day, director of marketing for the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics.

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

For more information about Quatech and the ThinQ serial device servers, please visit www.quatech.com, by phone at 800-553-1170 or via e-mail: sales@quatech.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 $700 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: www.mentor.com.

Accelerated Technology, a 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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