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Esterel is a programming language designed for use in the construction of software applications that control physical systems. The language was introduced in the late 1980s and has been utilized by industries such as automotive, aerospace, and defense. Its applications include air traffic control systems, nuclear power plant automation, and anti-lock braking systems (ABS) in vehicles. Esterel programs are constructed using concurrent finite state machines and can be analyzed for correctness before being compiled into efficient code for real-time execution on embedded systems. In recent years, Esterel has fallen into disuse with the advent of more mainstream synchronous languages designed around similar principles, such as SCADE or Polychrony Studio.

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