Embedded Systems Conference Boston 2003
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 2003--Accelerated
Technology(R), the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics
Corporation, today announced that its Nucleus(TM) Real-Time Operating
System (RTOS) was used to develop the Air Data Test Set (ADTS) 505
remote hand terminal by Druck Limited (England). Specifically designed
for use with civil aircraft, the ADTS 505 test set allows aircraft
technicians to check the performance and readout of vital
instrumentation in an aircraft cockpit.
With the skies becoming ever more crowded, a standard has been set
up to allow approved aircraft to fly closer together. The RVSM
(Reduced Vertical Separation Minima) standard requires that rigorous
checks of the altitude-measuring instruments are not only desirable
but also mandatory. These checks require a pneumatic test instrument
(ADTS 505) to be attached to the pressure-sensing ports located on the
outside of the aircraft. The cockpit instruments can then be checked
while applying test pressures.
The ADTS 505 hand terminal has now transformed what was a
time-consuming two-man operation (one technician outside with the ADTS
505 and the other in the cockpit) into a simple one-man operation.
Now, the test technician sits in the aircraft cockpit with the
terminal and passes a cable through the cockpit window. From there he
is able to read the measurement data regarding outside pressures. The
technician is now in full control of the "flight pressures" required
for any test scenario on aircraft ranging from a Cessna to a Concorde.
Developers at Druck researched the embedded market for an RTOS
that was flexible in order to support any interface expansion. The
RTOS had to be highly reliable with carefully crafted and tested
coding. Also, the software needed to fit well with the development and
debug environment that Druck had already planned to use. The most
serious constraint was project timescale. Druck developers had
important deadlines to make and an uncomfortably short development
window. They had to look very seriously at what the RTOS vendor market
had to offer that could support and possibly enhance this type of
After Druck performed a market sweep of suitable vendor products,
Accelerated Technology's Nucleus PLUS real-time kernel came out quite
clearly as a strong contender and was implemented in the development
of the ADTS 505 terminal.
"Nucleus PLUS has given our instrument the reliable 'heart' that
it needs to compete and perform in a challenging market place.
Aviation support customers are some of the most demanding people I
have ever met, and only the best is good enough. Our thanks to the
Accelerated Technology team for a great product, which undoubtedly
assisted us to make the development of our product happen," said Peter
McCarthy, engineering group leader, ADTS Development, Druck Limited.
"In an application such as the ADTS 505 hand set, software
designers must be confident in the robustness and completeness of the
RTOS that plays an integral part of the solution. Nucleus PLUS has
proven many times to meet these requirements. We are very happy that
our products can play such a vital part in the continued safety of air
transportation," said Robert Day, director of marketing for the
Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics.
Availability and Pricing
Nucleus embedded software is licensed with source code and without
royalty fees. Available now, licenses for Nucleus PLUS start at U.S.
$12,495. For more information, please contact Accelerated Technology
at 800-468-6853 or
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successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in
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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 Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS)
software, AT's RTOS software shortens time-to-market and provides a
complete solution for engineers. For more information, please visit
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