Accelerated Technology Partners with Sankhya Technologies to Offer CORBA Middleware to Nucleus Developers

MOBILE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 12, 2003--Accelerated Technology(R), the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), today announced that the Nucleus(TM) Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) has been integrated into SANKHYA(R) Varadhi(TM), version 1.1 XE. The combined technology will give Nucleus developers the ability to make use of Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA(R)) in their embedded applications and therefore confidently build complex distributed systems simply and quickly.

CORBA is an open, vendor-independent architecture and infrastructure that computer applications use in order to work together over networks. A common use for CORBA in an embedded system is to provide an open management interface for configuring and managing embedded devices from other systems. Using CORBA, Nucleus developers can write embedded applications that work independently across various platforms and diverse networks.

Combining Varadhi and Nucleus MNT, the simulation platform for the Nucleus RTOS, application developers can prototype their distributed system even before the hardware is available. Because there is no change in the application code, development using Nucleus software and Varadhi tools is faster and easier. Nucleus PLUS, a real-time kernel, Nucleus C++ Base, an object-oriented version of Nucleus PLUS, and Nucleus NET, a TCP/IP protocol stack, also support the Varadhi middleware solution. To round out the offering, Accelerated Technology's code/lab(TM) EDE development environment, which includes a multitasking debugger, can be used for debugging complex applications.

SANKHYA Varadhi 1.1 XE for C++ Cross Platform edition is a highly configurable, high-performance and low foot-print edition of SANKHYA Varadhi that can be used for developing distributed applications that reside on PDAs, routers, intelligent devices, server appliances, command and control systems, building control systems and other embedded systems. Varadhi 1.1 conforms to CORBA 2.2 (Minimum CORBA).

"SANKHYA Varadhi includes a powerful configuration utility that can be used out-of-the-box to build a Varadhi platform for Nucleus PLUS. This means that Nucleus developers can make use of CORBA in their applications within minutes of installing Varadhi," said Murali Manohar Rao B, General Manager and Director of Strategic Alliances, Sankhya Technologies Private Limited.

"The addition of this CORBA solution underscores our commitment to add support within the Nucleus RTOS for evolving application spaces like complex distributed systems. Nucleus support for the Varadhi platform will quicken the development cycle for users building CORBA-based products," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Embedded Systems Division, Mentor Graphics.

Pricing and Availability

Available now, licenses for Nucleus software start at U.S. $12,495. For more information, please contact Accelerated Technology at 800-468-6853 or Email Contact.

Developer licenses for SANKHYA Varadhi 1.1 XE for Nucleus software start at U.S. $2,495 for ARM and U.S. $1,495 for Nucleus MNT. For more information, please contact Sankhya Technologies by phone at +91 891 5542 666 or by email at Email Contact.

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 $600 million and employs approximately 3,500 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. World Wide Web site:

Accelerated Technology, Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation, is located in Mobile, Alabama with sales offices and distributors worldwide. By providing embedded systems developers with a focus on service, well-documented source code and industry-leading non-royalty-based RTOS software, AT's RTOS software shortens time-to-market and provides a complete solution for engineers. For more information, please visit or email us at Email Contact.

About Sankhya

Sankhya Technologies Private Limited is one of India's leading system software development companies. Sankhya is focused on research and development activities in the areas of software development tools and application platforms for embedded and enterprise application development. Sankhya is a platform member of Object Management Group (OMG). Corporate headquarters are located at #79, First Floor, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 034 India. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics and Accelerated Technology are registered trademarks and Nucleus and code/lab are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. SANKHYA, Varadhi, and Sankhya Technologies are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sankhya Technologies Private Limited. CORBA and OMG are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Object Management Group, Inc in the United States and/or other countries. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

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