9/14/2005 - Cambridge company Software Acumen is bringing a new type of embedded software tool to the UK market. The pure::variants tool, developed by German company pure-systems, simplifies the process of producing multiple variants of the same software. For example, embedded software engineers in Germany have started using pure::variants to build variants of engine management systems for use in different types of vehicle. In this case pure::variants will be used in around 60 projects each year generating around 1500 software variants with around 7500 parameters specifying how the software behaves.
Traditional software tools typically assume that each new software system is totally distinct from the previous one. However, for many companies, particularly those developing embedded software, this simply isn't the case. pure::variants allows these companies to build a software product line - like a manufacturing assembly line but for producing similar software products - once a software product line is established new product variants can be assembled simply, reliably and automatically. Furthermore, since pure::variants is available as a plug-in for the popular Eclipse IDE, the adoption barrier is low.
Leading companies such as Robert Bosch and Daimler Chrysler are already using pure::variants. Software product lines are also applicable outside the embedded sector. In principle, any software company producing multiple, similar software products could benefit from adopting pure::variants.
Software Acumen is a specialist provider of services and tools to organizations producing software variants. The company is the UK's only specialist provider of such services.
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