PITTSBURGH - Ansoft Corp. has released AnsoftLinks v4 for Microsoft Windows 2000 SP2 and XP Professional. AnsoftLinks is said to simplify the transfer of design databases from third-party EDA tools and Mechanical CAD (MCAD) packages into Ansoft's suite of electromagnetic-based products.
EDA links are available for a number of tools offered by Cadence, Zuken, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys. MCAD links include IGES and STEP formats common to mechanical drawing tools, such as ProE, Catia and Unigraphics.
AnsoftLinks V4 highlights are said to include: Auto port generation for HFSS projects, the ability to define an air-box size, a grid in model window, the ability to ignore planes smaller than a user-specified area, a minimum edge length setting in GUI, a dielectric expansion factor setting, the option to ignore small cutouts, online help in HTML format, the ability to import layouts from Mentor Graphics PADS within the AnsoftLinks GUI by pointing to the ASCII output file (*.asc), and an improved Mentor Graphics Expedtion translator.

Customers can download the software from http://download.ansoft.com

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