Nucleus PictBridge Enables Direct Printing from Digital Cameras

1/5/2006 - Accelerated Technology(r), a Mentor Graphics division (Nasdaq: MENT), announced availability of the Nucleus(r) PictBridge software. The software allows developers to build PictBridge-compliant applications so that consumers can print photographs directly from a digital camera to a printer without using a personal computer (PC).

Rapid market penetration of digital cameras is driving consumers to demand an easier way to print images over the traditional way of downloading pictures to a PC and then to a printer. The PictBridge standard, from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA), provides technology that allows direct print capabilities from a digital camera to a printer regardless of device manufacturer. The Nucleus PictBridge software is designed so that developers can quickly and easily develop PictBridge-compliant digital cameras and printers that can directly be connected to each other via a universal serial bus (USB) cable.

"PictBridge is a new standard providing consumers with greater option, control and convenience for sharing their photography than ever before," said Glen Johnson, product marketing manager, Accelerated Technology, a Mentor Graphics division. "Together with our Nucleus PictBridge software, embedded developers are now helping facilitate the next level of photo printing and sharing."

The first release of the Nucleus PictBridge software has been integrated with the Nucleus USB stack and the Nucleus USB Still Image class driver for direct printing between printer and digital camera via USB. The Nucleus PictBridge Host enables a PictBridge-compliant printer and the Nucleus PictBridge Function creates a PictBridge-compliant digital camera or mobile handset equipped with a camera.

Pricing and Availability
The Nucleus embedded software is sold in source code format and without royalty fees. Licenses for the Nucleus PictBridge software begin at U.S. $14,995. 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 $700 million and employs approximately 3,950 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.

Accelerated Technology, a division of Mentor Graphics Corporation, is located in Mobile, Alabama and has engineering sites, sales offices and distributors worldwide. As a leading provider of royalty-free, embedded real-time operating system (RTOS) software, Accelerated Technology helps developers accelerate product time-to-market in a wide range of embedded device applications. Its comprehensive Nucleus RTOS includes software design tools, evaluation, test and verification software, kernels, middleware and Eclipse-based development tools.

Mentor Graphics, Accelerated Technology and Nucleus are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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