SAN FRANCISCO - Ansys plans to enter into the EDA software market by acquiring Ansoftfor $832 million ($32.50 per share) in a cash-and-stock deal. Ansys shares were down 10.1% and Ansoft shares were up 11% on the news. The deal is expected to close by the end of June.
DES PLAINES, IL - PCB Libraries has changed its name. The
company has said it will begin offering new tools beyond the scope of
CAD libraries, and has adopted the name PCB Matrix Corporation.
The company’s new tools will reportedly help automate PCB design related tasks, by introducing software tools such as the Symbol Modeler, an automated schematic symbol generator, Board Planner to assist in part placement, and Constraint Rule Editor used to define signal routing rules.
"We wanted to maintain the high reputation we established and meet
growing customer needs," said Tom Hausherr, CEO, "so we decided to keep
a part of our logo. ‘PCB Matrix’ will soon release a major upgrade to
the IPC-7351 LP Suite. The new LP Calculator will include support for
IPC-7251 through-hole technology and…include inch and mil units.”
SANTA CLARA, CA - Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced that Finisar
has selected Agilent’s Advanced Design System (ADS) software for the
development of optics products designed for the telecom market. The ADS
software platform includes the Signal Integrity Design Suite and the
Ptolemy system simulator.
Finisar manufactures fiber optic components and subsystems utilizing
company patented lasers to enable telecommunications equipment
manufacturers to provide claimed longer reach optical transmission, at
lower cost with better performance and less complexity.
“We are excited that Finisar has selected our ADS software platform for
the design of their high-performance telecom optics products,” said
Sanjeev Gupta of Agilent. The signal integrity design and simulation
capabilities within ADS…will be a huge help in getting our customers’
products to market more quickly.”
Agilent’s ADS EDA software platform incorporates new signal integrity
capabilities, including the addition of
serializer/deserializer(SERDES)/Verilog analog mixed-signal
co-simulation, and the company’s Ptolemy Simulator, which is based on a
hybrid of synchronous and timed synchronous dataflow technologies. It
reportedly simplifies the design and simulation of digital (DSP),
analog, and mixed-signal based RF systems and circuits.
“We… chose Agilent’s EDA software because of its impressive simulation
technology and flexible design environment,” said Kevin McCallion,
director of engineering at Finisar.
WILSONVILLE, OR - Mentor Graphics Corp. has announced the 2008 Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum
(IESF). The forum is a one-day event for electrical and electronic
systems design, modeling, simulation and analysis within the automotive
industry. This event has been expanded to include military and
aerospace events and new forums in Brazil, Japan and Korea.
The first IESF Military and Aerospace event will take place on May 1st
in Orlando, Florida. Registration for this event is now open at www.mentor.com/go/iesf.
The keynote speaker will be Walden C. Rhines, Mentor Graphics CEO and
Chairman. Guest speakers include representatives from Bell Helicopter,
Alliant Techsystems, Patmos Engineering Services, and IBM.
breakout tracks will focus on electrical design and simulation, covering
subjects such as IP capture, analysis-driven design and design data
integration. Additional tracks cover DO-254 safety critical systems and
PCB design for military and aerospace applications.
“Having attended IESF for the past few years I have found [that] the
presentations are of the highest standard, informative and thought
provoking. I particularly find the breakouts around the main agenda to
be very useful," said Kelly Esch of AM General.
Mentor Graphics also announced a ‘call for papers’ for the IESF Automotive and Off-Highway event to be held in Detroit on December 9th. For more information, go to www.mentor.com/go/iesf.
The alliance will allow users of Nagoya’s inspection machines to
reportedly shorten their setup time by accessing the ODB++ models of
the PCB and a specific layer of data that contains a representation of
component geometry based on Valor’s Part Library (VPL).
“We are pleased to welcome Nagoya Electric as a new member of our
Global Alliance Program,” said David Bengal, VP Marketing and Business
Development at Valor. “The Automatic Inspection market presents a great
opportunity for Valor. We believe that this partnership will bring new
added value to Nagoya’s large and loyal customer base.”