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Quantum Leaps®, LLC provides lightweight, open source active object frameworks and graphical modeling tools for real-time embedded systems, such as single-chip microcontrollers.
The main components of our technology have been described in two editions of the book Practical UML Statecharts in C/C++ by Miro M. Samek. Our software and tools are used by some of the largest companies in the world in consumer, medical, industrial, wireless, networking, research, automotive, defense, robotics, and other applications worldwide.
Quantum Leaps, LLC was originally founded in Palo Alto, California—the heart of Silicon Valley—in 2005 and moved to North Carolina in 2007. We are located in Chapel Hill, just minutes to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to the Research Triangle Park.
Our mission is to bring quantum leaps of innovation to embedded systems programming by making open source software and tools that enable widespread adoption of event-driven active object frameworks, hierarchical finite state machines (UML statecharts), graphical modeling, and automatic code generation.
Quantum Leaps®, LLC is a second-generation open source company that has established a sustainable business based on dual-licensing. In contrast to most of the first-generation open source companies, we own all the intellectual property in our software. Therefore we can offer closed-source licensing to all customers interested in retaining the proprietary character of their software.
This increasingly popular, strictly quality-controlled, professional open source business model combines the best of the open source and proprietary software worlds to make open source a safe choice for the embedded systems vendors. This includes the accountability for the licensed intellectual property, professional documentation and technical support expected of a traditional software vendor as well as transparent development, availability of source code and active community inherent in open source projects.
NOTE: If your company has a policy forbidding open source in your product, all our software can be licensed commercially, in which case you don't use any open source license and you do not violate your policy.
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Dr. Miro M. Samek, President
Dr. Miro M. Samek is the creator of the open source QP active object frameworks as well as the free QM modeling tool. His practical books about UML state machines, active objects (actors), and event-driven frameworks for embedded systems are among the most popular on the market. Miro has also published dozens of technical articles for Embedded Systems Design, Dr. Dobb's Journal, and a column for C/C++ Users Journal. His extensive industry experience ranges from safety-critical software development at GE Medical Systems through hard real-time embedded software design at two Silicon Valley companies specializing in GPS technologies. Software he wrote continues to power millions of products. Dr. Samek earned his Ph.D. in nuclear physics at GSI (Darmstadt, Germany).
Dr. Samek's resume in PDF
Last updated: January 15, 2014