About Quantum Leaps

Quantum Leaps, LLC is the market leading provider of modern embedded software based on active objects and hierarchical state machines as well as tools for visual modeling, automatic code generation, unit testing and prototyping of deeply embedded software.

Since 2005, our lightweight QP™ real-time embedded frameworks (RTEFs), QM™ model-based design tool and the unique QTools™ collection have been delivering a competitive advantage to hundreds of companies around the world in a wide variety of markets.

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Professional Open Source

Quantum Leaps, LLC is a second-generation professional open source company based on the sustainable
single-vendor commercial open source business model.

In contrast to most of the first-generation open source companies, we own all the intellectual property in our 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 increasingly popular, strictly quality-controlled, single-vendor commercial 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.

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How We Operate

We’ve built the company that we ourselves wished to do business with. Here are the main principles that guide us:

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.

Our software and tools make software development fun again. You work at a higher level of abstraction of active objects and state machines, instead of struggling with “spaghetti” code and chasing race conditions in projects based on the traditional “shared-state concurrency with an RTOS” approach.

Leadership

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. Recently, 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).