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I-Logix Unveils Statemate NodeAllocator, to Translate Functional Models to System Architectures

By Rani D. Salehi, I-Logix
Jan 13, 2004 - 1:17:00 PM

I-Logix Unveils Statemate NodeAllocator, which Automates and Streamlines the Development Process of Complex Distributed Systems by Mapping Functional to Physical Architecture Models
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ANDOVER, MA - January 13, 2004 - I-Logix has introduced Statemate NodeAllocator, which automates the allocation of functional requirements and specifications to the physical architecture. Statemate NodeAllocator raises the bar for system development by allowing developers to specify the system naturally, following a functional methodology, and implement it optimally, with the physical architecture automatically created from the defined functional models.

Statemate NodeAllocator expands upon the core-capabilities of Statemate, I-Logix’ market leading  systems design and analysis tool suite, by automating the process of defining extremely complex interface definitions with clear descriptions and documentation typically done by developers when moving from the functional architecture to the physical architecture. This innovative process leverages tight engineering resources otherwise constrained by manual programming, and opens the design space enabling rapid design trades, resulting in more efficient designs at the push of a button.

"During a pilot study, we found the manual process of transforming models from a functional model to system architecture time consuming, error prone and frustrating to the engineers" said Dr. Michael Randolph, Process Engineering Group Tornado/Eurofighter of European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) Company. "They had to copy, redefine, redraw and check graphics and data again and again. When we applied Statemate NodeAllocator to the original pilot study models, we found a 30% reduction in the effort.  What had taken days to do with manual transformation took just minutes. Statemate NodeAllocator allowed our engineers to focus on engineering rather than the task of drawing. We envision a major process improvement with the application of Statemate NodeAllocator."

"By automating the laborious and error prone task of mapping the functional architecture onto the physical architecture, developers are now able to focus on their true task of designing  better systems," said Neeraj Chandra, I-Logix Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development. "Removing manual programming from the equation results in more elaborate and advanced complex systems faster and with less errors, preserving a company’s already tight systems engineering resources."

In addition to automating the allocation of functions to the physical architecture, Statemate NodeAllocator provides bus and communication loading estimates to analyze network performance, enabling distribution trade-offs to be made up front. Multi-bus and communication networks are supported, allowing for large and complex systems to be designed. Statemate NodeAllocator also provides model checking capabilities which check signals between functions in the new architecture, flagging potential model issues to ensure consistency, reducing the time for final system integration. The network matrix can be automatically calculated, allowing the developer to easily allocate interface messages to particular paths through the architecture. In addition, Statemate NodeAllocator browses incomplete I/O for troubleshooting, reducing the time to complete allocation.

Easy to use drag and drop Windows(r) user interface enables a fast ramp up for new users. Developers are able to view interfaces through browser windows that display both the functional and physical architecture. Functional re-use is facilitated by keeping the functional view separate from the physical architectural view within the model. Statemate NodeAllocator generates complete documentation and reports out-of-the-box, further enhancing communication.

Statemate is a graphical design, simulation, and prototyping tool for the rapid development of complex embedded systems. It enables engineers to graphically capture their system requirements, specifications and designs using a combination of the Unified Modeling Language (UML)(tm) and traditional functional design notations. The graphical models captured in Statemate are simulated on the host computer allowing errors in the requirements and specifications to be discovered early in the process when they are inexpensive to fix. Statemate automatically generates documentation, prototype code, and test vectors, and enables corporate re-use of key systems components.

Statemate NodeAllocator is available today. Prices start at $10,000.

About I-Logix
Founded in 1987, I-Logix is a leading provider of Model-Driven Development (MDD) solutions for systems design through software development focused on real-time embedded applications. These solutions allow engineers to graphically model the behavior and functionality of their embedded systems, analyze and validate the system, and automatically generate production quality code in a variety of languages.  I-Logix also offers iNotion, a product lifecycle management portal designed for software; coupling product development, quality assurance, marketing and the customer by providing instant, controllable, web-based access to development artifacts and product management services 24/7 worldwide.

I-Logix Unveils Statemate NodeAllocator, to Translate Functional Models to System Architectures

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