I-Logix Debuts Rhapsody 6.0 for Embedded Systems Engineers, Developers

2/23/2005 - Embedded systems and software solutions provider I-Logix announced the release of Rhapsody 6.0, the industry’s most comprehensive UML 2.0 Model-Driven Development (MDD) product. Rhapsody 6.0 utilises a new graphical engine to dramatically improve user workflow, extending its design capacity with advanced formatting, ergonomics, and drawing capabilities. A complete upgrade to the diagram editors provides an effortless workflow environment that goes beyond the Unified Modelling Language (UML) to allow the capture of any type of diagram relevant to the developer’s domain. Further simplifying the developers’ task are additional graphical features such as bitmaps, rich text, and hyperlinking, as well as enhanced formatting, presentation and printing functions. Building on a compelling out-of-the-box experience, Rhapsody 6.0 provides a unique development environment where systems as well as software engineers can work in a way natural to their preferred methodology and even languages.

Rhapsody 6.0 also features The Rhapsody Gateway, an innovative requirements management component designed to provide seamless bi-directional interface with 3rd party requirements management tools including Requisite Pro, DOORS, Word, and Excel. The Gateway is a complete traceability solution that allows users to link the Rhapsody Model-Driven Development (MDD) environment with the original requirements, view and analyse coverage of those requirements, and examine the upstream and downstream impact of requirements changes in real time at any level.

Targeting the C developer, Rhapsody 6.0 delivers the benefits of Model-Driven Development, allowing them to work comfortably in either a Structured and/or Object-Oriented environment. Using Rhapsody, the structured C programmer gains productivity enhancements by working with graphical files, functions and data in an environment that allows execution and debugging to be performed at the design level. In addition, legacy and external C code can be imported in its original form for greater reuse of Intellectual Property (IP), and if desired, migrated to UML. Full roundtrip capabilities for Rhapsody in C users allow maximum flexibility to work directly with C code. Rhapsody 6.0 provides a unique development environment that is natural and easy to use for the C developer.

Focusing on Mission Critical Certification, Rhapsody 6.0 provides the user greater control with a scalable and certifiable framework for C++. The framework is model-based, originating directly from the Rhapsody model, providing component structure and functionality. The user benefits from a framework that is customisable and certifiable for mission critical standards such as DO-178B, as well as fully scalable for applications with smaller footprints.

Enhancing the Design for Testability (DFT) capability, users can now automatically generate test vectors that offer the highest Modified Condition / Decision Coverage (MC/DC) code coverage possible for a particular design. With Rhapsody Automatic Test Generator (ATG), another add-on product available with Rhapsody 6.0, I-Logix extends Model-Driven Development to include Model Driven Testing, eliminating the need to manually develop test cases and streamlining the verification and validation cycle. The automatically generated test cases can then be used for Unit Testing, Integration Testing and Regression Testing. They can be exported as UML Sequence Diagrams to Rhapsody TestConductor, providing the user with a white box view of the test case execution. Test cases can also be exported as complete test benches to 3rd party software manufacturers such as LDRA's TBrunR and IPL's Cantata++R, providing a seamless integration for black box as well as target based testing. The resulting testing process not only significantly reduces the cost of quality by removing the need to manually define test cases, but also uncovers, very early on, logical errors and dead code that normally go undetected until very late, reducing management frustration and quality cost even further.

Rhapsody 6.0 includes renovations to the graphical editor featuring an all-new look and feel with advanced formatting options including custom colour UML 2.0 profile “skins”, ensuring conformity across designs. All UML diagrams within Rhapsody now have advanced white boarding capabilities, so that domain specific information outside of UML can be captured and maintained within the Rhapsody design environment. High-resolution bitmaps may now be added anywhere in the design to replace UML elements for a more realistic and comprehensible systems design.

“Over the last few years market has accepted the value of UML based Model-Driven Development. The main barrier to wider adoption of these solutions now is the complexity and usability of the tools. With Rhapsody 6.0 we set out to provide the best product in terms of usability and flexibility of different design approaches and skill levels,” said Neeraj Chandra, I-Logix Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development. “I am confident that users will find Rhapsody’s out-of-box experience a significant improvement over all other tools currently on the market, making Rhapsody the tool of choice for embedded system and software development.”

Rhapsody 6.0 supports Japanese menus, dialogs, and user messages, as well as dynamically loadable language resources making it the only tool truly accessible to a worldwide audience. Now with rules-based reverse engineering for Ada, Rhapsody users can define exactly how to bring in their IP for Model-Driven Development. These highly usable features ensure that the developer is working in a natural, streamlined and comfortable environment, increasing overall productivity and quality.

Rhapsody 6.0 also offers instantaneous support for the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF). Rhapsody DoDAF Pack, offered as an add-on to 6.0, provides an advanced modelling environment to support the design, construction, and analysis of DoDAF-compliant architectures - ensuring consistency through allowing users to validate the architecture by executing the model, automatically generate many of the required products and reports, and achieve full traceability in its requirements driven environment. The Rhapsody DoDAF Pack provides the industry’s only comprehensive DoDAF solution. It uses an industry standard notation, allowing users to define and construct DoDAF-compliant architectures in a single environment, drastically improving communication between the DoD, contractor and the supplier.

About Rhapsody
I-Logix Rhapsody is an award-winning, UML-compliant, systems design, application development, and collaboration platform. Rhapsody is used by design and development teams to deliver real-time embedded applications in C, C++, Java, and Ada. Rhapsody uniquely combines a graphical UML programming paradigm with advanced systems design and analysis capabilities and seamlessly links with the target implementation language, resulting in a complete model-driven development environment, from requirements capture through analysis, design, implementation, and test.

About I-Logix
Founded in 1987, I-Logix is the worldwide leading provider of Collaborative Model-Driven Development (MDD) solutions for systems design through software development focused on real-time embedded applications. These solutions allow engineers, operating in either small or very large teams, to graphically model the requirements, behavior, and functionality of embedded systems. The design is iteratively analysed, validated, and tested throughout the development process while automatically generated production quality code can be output in a variety of languages. I-Logix facilitates team collaboration through unique project and task management capabilities integrated into its UML based MDD solutions, enabling design review and inter-team participation from concept-to-code, regardless of where team members are located. I-Logix is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts and has sales and support centers throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. For more information, visit I-Logix at www.ilogix.com

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