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OIS Announces High-Performance CORBA Middleware for Nucleus OS

OIS’s Small-Footprint Product, ORBexpress, Ideal for Resource-Constrained Consumer Electronics, Cell Phones and Set-top Boxes

HERNDON, VA—December 19, 2007 - Objective Interface Systems, Inc. (OIS), provider of the most widely used communications middleware for real-time and embedded systems, today announced that ORBexpress® RT, its high-performance CORBA ORB, now supports Mentor Graphics Corporation’s Nucleus® operating system (OS). Developers of a wide variety of resource-constrained devices—from cell phones and portable media players to digital video recorders (DVR), High Definition (HD)-DVD players and set-top boxes—can now get a high-performance, small-footprint software development platform from industry leaders who have carefully integrated their products to maximize ease-of-use.

Marrying the smallest possible footprint with the highest levels of performance, ORBexpress brings all the benefits of Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) to Nucleus OS developers. It simplifies the development of distributed applications, enabling seamless communications in heterogeneous environments. Its tiny footprint minimizes overhead in embedded systems, a factor critical in applications in which small code size is essential to performance. ORBexpress also supports real-time performance, important in not only safety-critical applications but in business-critical and consumer-driven ones as well.

“In consumer electronics, time-to-market is everything. To stay competitive, OEMs need a software development infrastructure that allows them to add new features as quickly and reliably as possible,” said Joe Jacob, senior vice president of OIS. “Developers using Nucleus OS have the foundation for a small, fast real-time system. By using the Nucleus OS and ORBexpress integrated platform, they can keep applications small, fast and connected—without a need to build their own communications infrastructure framework. This off-the-shelf platform simplifies the development and deployment of distributed embedded applications for  today’s connected device marketplace.”
“With OIS’s ORBexpress middleware now supporting Nucleus OS, developers of distributed applications will be able to dramatically shorten their development life cycle,” said Neil Henderson, general manager, Mentor Graphics’ Embedded Systems Division. “OIS is a leader in CORBA middleware, and this integrated offering extends our partner ecosystem, delivering a platform that meets the most stringent requirements for performance and code size demanded in distributed embedded applications.”

About ORBexpress
ORBexpress RT is an object request broker (ORB) based on the Real-time CORBA standard that enables real-time and embedded devices in diverse environments to communicate seamlessly. ORBexpress is used wherever systems need an extremely fast, small-footprint communications infrastructure where failure is not an option. Thousands of customers worldwide have used the ORBexpress communications infrastructure to build more flexible, upgradeable and capable products. ORBexpress is used in a wide range of systems, including fighter jets, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, nuclear fusion control systems and the military’s next-generation radio systems. Available in C++, Java and Ada, ORBexpress has been recognized repeatedly as the smallest and fastest ORB in the industry by a variety of independent benchmark tests.

About Nucleus
The Nucleus OS is a feature-rich and time-tested real-time embedded operating system, deployed in billions of embedded products, ranging from medical to avionics to consumer products and communications devices for over 4,000 customers worldwide. Configured with robust security framework and with extensive support for communications applications, the Nucleus OS leads the industry in efficient operating system platforms. For more information, visit:

ORBexpress RT for Nucleus OS is available today from OIS. For more information on ORBexpress RT and the OIS portfolio of communications middleware, please visit:, call 1 800-800-OIS7 in the U.S., +33 (0) 6 68 35 15 45 in Europe or +81 (0)3-5623-2112 in Japan or e-mail inquiries to:

About Objective Interface Systems
Objective Interface Systems is the worldwide leader of high-performance, real-time and embedded communications middleware solutions. The company provides ORBexpress, a family of high-performance CORBA ORBs, publish-subscribe technology based on the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service standard (DDS), and PCSexpress™, secure communications middleware development tools based on the Multiple Independent Levels of Safety/Security (MILS) architecture, to meet the high-performance requirements of military and aerospace, telecommunications, medical devices, data communications, industrial automation and process control, transportation, robotics and consumer electronics markets. Visit Objective Interface at

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ORBexpress is a registered trademark and PCSexpress and Objective Interface are trademarks of Objective Interface Systems, Inc. Nucleus is a registered trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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