ARTiSAN and aquintos Team for Model-to-Model Transformation Solution

2/16/2006 - ARTiSAN Software Tools, a global leader for UML 2 and SysML-based real-time systems and software modelling tools, and aquintos, the German start-up company specialising in integration technology for model-based CASE tools, have announced that they have successfully collaborated on a model-to-model transformation solution which bridges the design gap that has opened up in established embedded software development processes and design flows.

The design gap, which is particularly acute in the automotive, avionics and transportation industries, results from the use of different model-driven tools and methodologies within a single design flow and the ease with which models can be converted from one system to another. Typically, solutions for model transformation are hard coded and consequently often fail to meet developers’ precise requirements.

As a result of the collaboration, aquintos has created an innovative, rules-based model-to-model transformation solution which can be used for migrating, synchronising, optimising and re-using models between different model-based embedded software development environments. The solution is achieved using a special version of ARTiSAN Studio’s UML modelling technology which has been integrated with the aquintos.GS and aquintos.M2M tools. The solution uses an easily maintainable UML model to specify and implement a series of transformation rules. The solution currently supports the standard blockset library of both Mathworks’ MATLAB/Simulink and ETAS’ ASCET.

"Our collaboration with aquintos has created a particularly elegant solution to what has fast become a rather tricky problem in the embedded software development world," said Jeremy Goulding, President and CEO of ARTiSAN Software Tools. "With the integration of ARTiSAN Studio and the aquintos tools we have created a model-to-model transformation solution that eliminates the headache involved in using otherwise incompatible modelling technologies for embedded software development."

About ARTiSAN Software Tools
ARTiSAN Software Tools is the leading supplier of collaborative modelling tools for requirements analysis, specification, design and development of complex applications. The company provides standards-based, multi-user tool support from architectural frameworks through systems design to software implementation. ARTiSAN offers products, services and a process for systems and software modelling to accelerate the development of next-generation real-time systems while ensuring that they always meet requirements. ARTiSAN enables engineering teams to visualise, design and validate systems before building them, and simplifies implementation with code generation and software reuse. Winner of the 2005 SD Times 100 award in the Modeling category for bringing UML and SysML to real-time embedded systems, ARTiSAN offers the most advanced tools for complex applications development. Founded in March 1997, ARTiSAN is privately held with headquarters in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. The company has regional sales offices and distributors throughout the world. For more information, call +44 (0)1242 229300 internationally, or 1(888)511-7975 from the US.

About aquintos
Founded in April 2005, aquintos is a supplier of CASE tool integration solutions. It is a privately held company headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany. The company’s rule-based M2M (model-to-model) technology, provides the basis for the integration and automation of heterogeneous, multi-domain embedded software development processes and CASE environments. Roundtrip model transformation is supported with aquintos.GS, a CASE model data back-bone for team collaboration in multi-domain development processes. For more information, call +49 (0) 721 51638-0.

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