Agilent uses Mentor Graphics's BridgePoint xtUML environment
Apr 29, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Mentor Graphics Corporation, a provider of electronic hardware and software design solutions, has announced that Agilent Technologies Inc., a designer and manufacturer of electronic and bio-analytical measurement instruments, is using Mentor Graphics BridgePoint xtUML environment in the development of its Micro GC gas chromatography instruments.
The BridgePoint environment is a UML-based environment for developing embedded systems, from concept to implementation, with features that support ease of application porting, IP and design reuse, and a 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 enables the development of platform-independent executable models that can be verified and debugged without writing any target code.
The product also provides open 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, reuse, and ease of hardware/software partitioning.
"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."
"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."
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