Quantum Leaps, LLC is an embedded software company on a mission to bring quantum leaps in quality and productivity to embedded systems programming. The company’s flagship products are: the QP Real-Time Embedded Frameworks (RTEFs), the QM Model-Based Design (MBD) tool, and the QTools collection. These unique products enable embedded software engineers to apply modern, reactive software architecture, hierarchical state machines, model based design and automatic code generation in small embedded systems, such as ARM Cortex-M MCUs (micro-controller units).
Professional Open Source
In contrast to most of the first-generation open source companies, Quantum Leaps owns all the intellectual property in the provided software. Therefore, alongside the open-source licensing, we can also offer traditional commercial licensing to all customers interested in retaining the proprietary character of their software.
This strictly quality-controlled, single-vendor commercial open source business model combines the best of the open source with the best of the proprietary software development styles. Such combination makes open source a safe choice for the embedded systems vendors. The benefits include: 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.
How We Operate
The company operates on the following main principles:
Model-based design and other modern approaches to software development offer true benefits, but there is also too much fluff and detachment from reality. We cut through this noise and provide only practical, efficient, working software that has been battle-tested and proven in real-life systems.
Any piece of our software that goes into an embedded device is openly available in source code, because you need to be able to understand, adapt, recompile, and debug the software in source code.
We own all the intellectual property in our software. Therefore, we can offer closed-source licensing and the accountability for the licensed software to all commercial customers interested in retaining the proprietary character of their software.
With every commercial license we offer professional technical support. This is designed to motivate us to keep our software free of bugs, easy to use, and clearly documented with many examples to minimize our support load and expenses.
This is in contrast to many first-generation open-source vendors, where such strategy would actually lower their revenue and profit from support contracts.
All our software and documentation is truly free to download from public open source repositories (currently GitHub and SourceForge), without registration or teasing private information out of our potential customers. We trust you, because the sustainability of our business is ultimately in your own best interest as well.
Our customers fund our daily operations by purchasing commercial licenses for our software. We answer to them — not investors, the stock market, or a board of directors.
We believe all of our customers are entitled to the best price we can offer. We treat everyone equally and we don’t offer special prices. Our prices are open and transparent, published right on our site.
Dr. Miro Samek - Founder and CEO
Dr. Miro Samek is an expert on programming modern real-time embedded (RTE) systems. His practical books about UML state machines, active objects (actors), and real-time embedded frameworks (RTEFs) are among the most popular on the market. Miro has also published dozens of technical articles for Embedded Systems Programming/Design, Dr. Dobb’s Journal, and a column for C/C++ Users Journal. Since 2013, Miro has been teaching the popular “Modern Embedded Systems Programming” course on YouTube. His extensive industry experience ranges from safety-critical software development at GE Medical Systems through real-time embedded software design at two Silicon Valley companies specializing in GPS technologies. His software continues to power billions of embedded devices. Miro earned his Ph.D. in nuclear physics at GSI (Darmstadt, Germany).