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Fujitsu Establishes Forum Promoting UML Standards for SoC Design

Tokyo, November 19, 2002 -- Fujitsu Limited, CATS Co., Limited and Nihon Rational Software Corporation today announced that they have established a forum aimed at promoting the standardization and widespread use of unified modeling language (UML*1) for SoC (system-on-a-chip) devices. The forum, called the UML for SoC Forum, will be soliciting the participation of other companies throughout the industry.

UML for SoC refers to an upstream design methodology for SoCs using UML and the C programming language(*2). Using UML to model the applications needed in a given device enables the application specifications to be thoroughly analyzed and tested, prior to implementation. Compared with conventional design methods, this method enables SoC developers to avoid upstream redesign, thereby shortening design times and vastly improving product quality.

Overview of the UML for SoC Forum
  1. Aim: To promote standards and the widespread use of UML for SoC.
  2. Main Activities:
    To create standardized development processes and UML extended profiles (*3) using SoC design methods based on UML and the C programming language (*4).
    To create, by the end of December 2003, UML standards for SoC design for submission to the Object Management Group (OMG*5), an international UML standardization consortium.
  3. Duration of Operations: From November 19, 2002 to the end of December 2003.
  4. Head Office: CATS Co., Limited
    UML for SoC Forum Koji Asari Tel: +81-45-473-2816
*1: UML (Unified Modeling Language)
Standardized notational language for program design used in object-oriented software development.
*2: C programming language
A widely used language for basic software programming. Became popular after being developed in the 1970s as a high-level language for use with UNIX. Today, C++ is the most widely used version.
*3: UML extended profiles
Extending UML standard beyond the UML Profile to incorporate necessary design elements that are appropriate for different systems and architectures.
*4: SoC design methods based on UML and the C programming language
A new design methodology for SoCs released by Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. on April 16, 2002. Cuts design times for upstream design processes by two-thirds compared to conventional methods.
*5: OMG (Object Management Group)
An industry organization founded in 1989 to promote the standardization and widespread adoption of object-oriented technologies. Creates and promotes common specifications for software to provide a foundation for the mutual exchange of data and processing requests irrespective of differences in hardware, OS or programming languages.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high-reliability/performance computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002. For more information, please see:

About CATS Co., Limited
Founded in 1973, CATS Co., Limited is engaged in the development and sales of computer-related products, software consulting operations, OEM business of receiving bulk orders for hardware/functional designs - total support from planning to development and installation. CATS is the No.1 Embedded CASE Tool vendor for the Japanese market from 98' to 01' according to the Japan Electronic and Information Technology Industries Association. The company is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan.

About Nihon Rational Software Corporation
Rational Software is a leading provider of integrated solutions - combining market-leading tools, software engineering best practices, and services that automate the software development process. For more than twenty years, Rational has helped software teams overcome chronic development obstacles through a flexible and proven approach. The result: higher-impact software, a more motivating work environment, and a greater return on your organization's software development investment.

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UML for SoC Forum
Koji Asari
Address: Kawaasa-building, 2-11-5,
Shin-Yokohama, Minato-ku, Yokohama,
Japan 222-0033
Tel: +81-45-473-2816
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Nihon Rational Software Corporation
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Masato Matsuoka
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Fujitsu Limited
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