International launch for young inventor's software product

Issue date: 04 October 2005

Issue date: 04/10/05

Software designed to improve the reliability of ‘computers’ within consumer electronics has just been launched on both sides of the Atlantic – only a year after its inventor, Alan Parkinson, graduated from the University of the West of England. The innovative code-generating tool, called xState Developer, can be seen at the Embedded Systems Show at the National Exhibition Centre at Birmingham on 19 October. This follows its US launch at the industry’s leading international event, the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, in September.

Alan’s business brainwave is a direct continuation of the work he undertook for his final year project on code generation tools while studying for a BSc Software Engineering at UWE. His company AGP Micro Ltd was set up in January 2005 in UWE’s city-centre business incubator, seven months after he graduated in June 2004.

Common household appliances and gadgets including televisions and washing machines contain microchips and small computers to control functions from temperature to picture contrast. Software for these devices has to be reliable and Alan's software can help engineers create reliable software quicker and with lower costs. Alan spotted a niche market for his product and took his idea to UWE, the BRAVE Enterprise Agency and Business West.

Alan said: “It’s been a great year. I’ve always wanted to own my own company, and I’ve had great support from UWE, Business West and fellow clients at the Rackhay business incubator.

“There was a great deal of positive feedback at the conference in Boston and we are now following up a number of important leads. This was great experience ahead of the show in Birmingham, where the software will be demonstrated for the first time in the UK.”


Editor’s notes

• AGP Micro Ltd focuses on the development of Eclipse plug-ins using model-based development and code generation. It also offers consultancy services for the development of bespoke applications or the porting of existing tools to Eclipse. xState Developer will be demonstrated at the NEC, Birmingham, on 19 October. For more information, visit
• For more information on UWE services to business, including its two city-centre Business Incubators, contact
• Photo of Alan Parkinson available on request from the Press Office.

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