Technical Advisory Board to Guide VaST's Long-term Technology Development

2/17/2006 - VaST Systems Technology Corporation—powering embedded design innovation—today announced that their Technical Advisory Board (TAB) will be holding its second meeting, in France on March 9, 2006.

VaST’s TAB is a strategic working group of industry, research and academic experts with extensive experience in real-time, critically-reactive embedded systems, including the use of multiple and distributed processors, for solving computationally complex and hard real-time problems. The TAB’s charter is to join with VaST in identifying, analyzing and forecasting strategic shifts and trends in technologies, industries and markets and to provide VaST with information and guidance on the medium- and long-term technological and product objectives of the company and their alignment with industry needs.

At the first TAB meeting, held in Anaheim, California in June 2005, members discussed the confluence of the seven major technologies that underlie modern real-time embedded electronic systems engineering. Presentations were made on such topics as the profound impact of virtual system prototyping on the real-time systems engineering process, the mapping of inherent concurrency in system specification to closely-coupled and distributed processing architectures on a chip, and standards for transaction-level and high performance, timing-accurate modeling. PDFs of technical presentations from the first TAB meeting are available.

Said TAB member Wayne Wolf, professor of electrical engineering and associated faculty in the department of computer science at Princeton University, TMWe're very excited about this chance to collaborate with VaST. Embedded computing systems are becoming extremely complex and VaST's system design technology is a critical tool in the system designer's toolbox. At Princeton, we are designing high-performance systems for real-time video analysis, audio analysis, and data fusion. This cooperation gives us access to state-of-the-art tools and design techniques that help our students learn about system design and to create systems they otherwise couldn't."

Globalization is a signature of the radical and disruptive change in systems engineering over the past five years. Systems development teams have flipped from being large, centralized and hardware-dominated to much smaller, distributed and software-dominated, and now work cooperatively, connected via the internet, 24 hours a day throughout the world.

TMThe engineering of embedded, critically-reactive systems is one of the profound forces underlying global high-technology economics, where an annual US$200 billion investment in engineering drives product sales of several trillion dollars. So we are very pleased to be able to gather a world-class group of industry and academic experts in one place for a timely analysis and discussion of the accelerating changes in the technologies and processes that drive real-time systems engineering," said VaST’s chief of technology & strategy, Graham Hellestrand. TMInput from our first TAB has already influenced VaST technology and market strategies as well as sharpening the focus of products in the short term. We look forward to another extraordinary TAB convocation in France."

About VaST
VaST Systems Technology Corporation tools and models enable the creation of a virtual system prototype—a cycle-accurate software model of a system that operates at near real-time speeds under actual software loads. Solutions from VaST are used for architectural analysis and optimization and for the concurrent development of hardware and software. VaST virtual system prototypes dramatically improve time to market and quality, and also reduce development costs and risk.

Current customers include worldwide leaders in semiconductors, automotive electronics, wireless devices, and consumer electronics. VaST is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with sales and support offices worldwide.

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