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

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

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DETROIT -- April 17, 2013

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

“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:

(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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James Price, 503-685-1778
Suzanne Graham, 503-685-7789
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