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BridgePoint from Mentor Graphics Provides Agilent GC Instrumentation Division an Efficient Methodology for Embedded Software Development

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) and Agilent Technologies Inc., the world’s premier measurement company, today announced the use of the Mentor Graphics® BridgePoint™ xtUML environment in the development of its Micro GC gas chromatography instruments. The BridgePoint environment is an advanced UML-based environment for developing embedded systems, from concept to implementation, with key features that support ease of application porting, IP and design reuse, and a fast path to product variant development. Using the BridgePoint environment enabled Agilent to benefit from a reduced development cycle due to improved modeling and shorter porting times.

Traditional UML offers a solution for capturing and communicating complex system designs, while xtUML provides UML extensions that enable early debug through execution and enhanced development productivity through translation from UML to target implementation languages. The BridgePoint xtUML suite, which leverages the extensions of xtUML, enables the development of platform-independent executable models that can be verified and debugged without writing any target code. The product also provides open, flexible model compilation, enabling the generation of optimized code for any target platform. The full set of capabilities provides for a modern, model-driven development (MDD) methodology, offering increased productivity, efficient reuse, and ease of hardware/software partitioning. Today, the Editor portion of the BridgePoint xtUML suite is available for free download and as an open source project at www.xtUML.org.

“The BridgePoint xtUML tool suite enabled us to model our application separate from its implementation. This capability dramatically simplified the work required to port the Micro GC to a new platform,” said Robbert Van der Kruk, project manager, Agilent Technologies. “In addition, the decision by Mentor Graphics to release the BridgePoint editor into the open source domain is very exciting. We are looking forward to community development that could broaden the usage of BridgePoint, and improve usability and productivity of the tool. The availability of the BridgePoint xtUML editor as an open source definitely lowers the barrier to entry for other groups within Agilent wanting to understand and experiment with the benefits provided by an xtUML methodology.”

The execution capabilities of xtUML offer an environment to validate requirements, explore new features, and verify/debug system behavior—without having to write any implementation code. The translation capabilities of xtUML offer a highly productive path to high-quality, optimized implementation code in either hardware or software.

“Using a model-driven design methodology enabled by state-of-the-art modeling languages and tools can dramatically improve design efficiencies, support reuse, and reduce late-stage risks—all of which are needed if designs continue towards higher and higher expectations of functionality,” said Serge Leef, vice president and general manager, System Level Engineering Division, Mentor Graphics. “We are pleased that Agilent has experienced success in the use of this type of technology.”

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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year of about $1,090 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com.

(Mentor Graphics is a registered trademark and BridgePoint is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

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