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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA; WESTFORD, MA and MUNICH, GermanySynopsys Inc. and Zuken announced a partnership to develop an integrated and robust PCB design and simulation solution. The intended solution combines two complementary product lines –Synopsys’ Saber Simulator and Zuken’s CR-5000 System Designer – to deliver a platform for integrated system-level electronic design, simulation and verification. The companies have also established an agreement enabling mutual promotion and development work.

Development teams from both companies will use Synopsys’ Frameway technology to create a bi-directional interface between the complementary toolsets. Customers will use System Designer to create their designs, and then directly launch Saber simulations from within the CR-5000 environment. This approach reportedly eliminates potential errors by connecting the design implementation, simulator and results analysis within a common interface. Results will be analyzed in Synopsys’ CosmosScope waveform analyzer.

“For the automotive and aerospace sectors that we both serve, highly accurate and reliable physical simulation is critical,” said Gerhard Lipski, Zuken Americas CEO and European general manager. “The Saber simulator is the most trusted and recognized analog/mixed-signal simulator in the automotive and aerospace industries. Working with Synopsys to integrate our design and simulation environments, we can improve the quality and reliability of product design. This partnership can make the Zuken solution one of the most comprehensive PCB design environments available.”


“Our customers will clearly benefit from this strategic partnership between Synopsys and Zuken as the resulting platform bridges the gap between PCB design and verification. Zuken’s CR-5000 design environment is a market leader in the design and layout of printed circuit boards. The integration of the Saber Simulator with CR-5000 System Designer brings robust design methodologies to the board-level design market,” said Mick O’Brien, vice president and general manager of the Saber product line at Synopsys.
MUNICH, Germany and WESTFORD, MAZuken and Aldec Inc. have formed a partnership in order to combine Zuken’s knowledge in system- and board-level electronics design and verification with Aldec’s mixed HDL verification technology. The two companies will reportedly offer a combined design and verification flow for flexible field programmable gate array (FPGA) devices on PCBs. At this time, the partnership will focus integration efforts on Zuken’s enterprise-wide PCB design suite, CR-5000.

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SEATTLESimberian Inc., a developer of electromagnetic software for high-speed and high frequency electronic design automation, announced an agreement with Mentor Graphics to partner in the OpenDoorT program. This agreement enables closer engineering and marketing cooperation between the two companies.
 
Through this agreement, Simberian’s 3D full-wave field solver for multilayered circuits, SimbeorT, can output electromagnetic models of transmission lines and via-holes directly to HyperLynx and Eldo formats for accurate system level design of high-speed serial PCB and packaging interconnects.
PITTSBURGHBusinessWeek ranked Ansoft Corp. 25th on its annual Hot Growth list of America's 100 fastest-growing small companies, improving upon last year's ranking of 46.
 
"Convergence is more than just a wonky buzz word at Ansoft. It's the engine of this Pittsburgh software maker's growth," writes BusinessWeek. "Ansoft rode the wave of the tech boom and now sees a new spurt of growth as devices get smaller and more complex." The top 25 Hot Growth companies "are among the most innovative and nimble players around," according to the magazine. "They're determined to be faster, and better, than the next guy."
 
After analyzing data from 10,000 public companies with revenues of $50 million to $1.5 billion a year, BusinessWeek selected the top 100 finalists whose sales, earnings and return on capital grew the fastest over three years.
 
"We're honored that BusinessWeek once again recognized Ansoft among the 100 fastest-growing small companies in America," said Nicholas Csendes, Ansoft's president and CEO. "Ansoft's focus on helping its customers profitably design high-performance electronic products found in the computer, communications, automotive, semiconductor and consumer electronics industries is the driving force behind the company's continued growth."
WILSONVILLE, ORMentor Graphics Corp. today announced first quarter revenue of $190.5 million, up 8% from the prior year first quarter. On a GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share were breakeven. Earnings per share were $.12 on a non-GAAP basis, up 50% over the prior year first quarter. Bookings were up 15% over the previous first quarter. These results reflect the change in fiscal year with the first quarter running February 1 to April 30, 2007.
 
During the quarter, the company launched its next generation Veloce hardware-assisted verification platform. Already in use with multiple customers, the platform offers as much as a three to five times improvement over previous solutions. The company also launched Board Station XE, its next generation Board Station PCB design flow for enterprise customers.
 
“The business momentum of 2006 has continued into 2007,” said Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. “Stronger industry conditions, combined with company specific strengths, like our new Veloce emulator and automotive products, should continue to drive positive results in 2007.”
 
North America bookings were up nearly 70%, year on year. Pacific Rim bookings were up 15%, while Europe was down 5% and Japan bookings were down 30%. Split of bookings by geography was North America 45%, Europe 25%, Japan 15% and Pacific Rim 15%. Split of revenue by geography was North America 45%, Europe 25%, Pacific Rim 15%, and Japan 15%.
 
“The first quarter was strong despite a lack of significant lease renewal activity,” said Gregory K. Hinckley, president of Mentor Graphics. “New customer accounts were up sharply in the first quarter, which we see as a bullish sign. This, combined with a strong renewal outlook for the second half of the year, gives us increased confidence in our outlook.”

PITTSBURGHAnsoft Corp. for the second consecutive year has been named to Business 2.0 magazine's annual list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies.

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