Accelerated Technology Appointed Official North American Liaison Office of the TRON Association


Embedded Systems Conference San Francisco 2003

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 23, 2003--Accelerated Technology(R), the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), announced today that it has been named the official North American Liaison Office of the TRON Association.

The name "TRON" is derived from "the real-time operating system nucleus." As an extension of the TRON Association in Japan, Accelerated Technology (AT) will further the Association's efforts by spreading awareness of TRON and promoting the adoption of standard specifications to the embedded market in North America.

The TRON Project began in 1984 when Dr. Ken Sakamura of the University of Tokyo proposed a large-scale effort to design computer architectures and fulfill the ultimate vision of a "computing everywhere" environment, which is recently acknowledged as "ubiquitous computing" or "pervasive computing." One of the many specifications that resulted from this project, ITRON, has become a de facto standard in the embedded systems market, especially in Japan, where it is widely used in cellular phones and other consumer products.

In January of 2000, Accelerated Technology entered into the ITRON market by porting their Nucleus(TM) PLUS kernel to the micro-ITRON interface standard, resulting in Nucleus micro-iPLUS. The micro-ITRON real-time operating system (RTOS) specification was developed from the ITRON interface standard. AT's range of micro-ITRON compliant products has now been extended with a version of the Nucleus NET software protocol stack that will work with micro-ITRON kernels.

Accelerated Technology's experience in the ITRON market and their understanding of the benefits resulted in AT becoming the TRON Association's North American Liaison office. Accelerated Technology, named the TRON Association North American Liaison Office, will provide subscribing TRON members with advanced notice of events, news and other announcements, invitations to TRON events and activities, and participation in the growing TRON market.

"The penetration of ITRON is dominating the Japanese embedded market and its popularity will continue into the global marketplace. Accelerated Technology is excited to use its experience with TRON in the embedded market to help make the benefits of TRON available to the North American market," said Robert Day, director of marketing for the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics.

"It has been 19 years since we inaugurated the TRON project. During this time, we have been promoting each project such as ITRON, BTRON, CTRON and JTRON. Above all, ITRON has become a de facto standard for the embedded devices in Japan and it is projected to be adopted more and more throughout the embedded industry," said Dr. Takao Nakano, executive director of the TRON Association.

TRON encourages participation in the T-Engine project

In 2001, as part of the TRON project activity, the T-Engine project was formed to develop next-generation, real-time software and hardware platforms as an extension of ITRON. The T-Engine project provides a highly efficient, integrated embedded development environment by widely distributing middleware and applications as standard packages and enabling reuse of them. Originally starting with Japanese companies, the T-Engine project is beginning its third year in existence. Companies in Europe, Korea and the US are showing interest in the T-Engine project while more companies are beginning their support for the project. The TRON Association is expecting to see additional expansion in the future.

"The TRON project encompasses both strong existing projects like ITRON and new growing projects like T-Engine," said Dr. Nakano. "We asked Accelerated Technology to be the liaison office for the TRON Association in North America and we are planning to establish the TRON North American Chapter to promote the beneficial results of the TRON Project. We're asking for the support of companies in the North American region to build a successful foundation for the TRON Project."

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For more information, please go directly to www.na.assoc.tron.org or e-mail at Email Contact.

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) 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: www.mentor.com.

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 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 www.acceleratedtechnology.com or e-mail us at Email Contact.

TRON is the abbreviation of "The Real-time Operating system Nucleus." ITRON is the abbreviation of "Industrial TRON." umITRON is the abbreviation of "Micro ITRON." BTRON is the abbreviation of "Business TRON." CTRON is the abbreviation of "Central and Communication TRON." TRON, ITRON, umITRON, BTRON and CTRON do not refer to any specific product or products.

Mentor Graphics and Accelerated Technology are registered trademarks and Nucleus 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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