SAN FRANCISCO - Ansys plans to enter into the EDA software market by acquiring Ansoft for $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.


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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.

Technical 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.
TOKYO, JAPAN – Valor Computerized Systems has established a technological partnership with Nagoya Electric of Japan, a developer of advanced Automatic Inspection equipment.

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.”

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