Berkeley Design Automation Announces Analog FastSPICE RF-Industry’s First True SPICE Accurate Device Noise Analysis for RF Circuits  
SANTA CLARA, CA - Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the Analog FastSPICE unified circuit verification platform, announced Analog FastSPICE RF (AFS RF), the industry’s first true SPICE accurate device noise analysis for RF circuits. Available immediately, AFS RF accurately analyzes nanometer-scale device noise impact for all types of pre-layout and post-layout circuits, ensuring early insight into its impact on performance, power, and area. Prior to AFS RF, designers have had to use limited-spectrum RF tools that can only approximate device noise impact on RF circuits. Such approximations are increasingly inaccurate with decreasing process geometries, often becoming grossly inaccurate in nanometer-scale circuits. Particularly sensitive are circuits with sharp transitions (e.g., switched-capacitor filters, charge pumps, and dividers), high-frequency circuits (e.g., RF front-end blocks), and oscillators. Without accurate analysis, designers have to include expensive design margin or risk missing specifications in silicon.
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National Instruments LabWindows / CVI 2009 Increases Developer Productivity and Application Reliability   Altera Ships Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit Featuring a 530K Logic Element FPGA
Austin, TX - National Instruments announced the release of LabWindows/CVI 2009, the latest version of the ANSI C development environment for building reliable test and measurement solutions. The software delivers support for new PC technologies including the C Interface to LabVIEW FPGA, which makes it possible for LabWindows/CVI host applications to communicate with field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based hardware, Microsoft Windows 7 and 64-bit operating systems for simplified development and deployment. Engineers and scientists can further increase reliability and productivity by using the software’s new Execution Profiler Toolkit to analyze and optimize run-time performance of application source code with a graphical representation of the time required to run every stage of the application. In addition, LabWindows/CVI 2009 increases productivity with a new attribute browser that facilitates quick design of custom user interfaces and debugging improvements.   San Jose, CA - Altera Corporation announced the availability of its latest development kit targeting Stratix® IV FPGAs. The Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit features the industry’s highest density, highest performance FPGA available. The kit provides users with a comprehensive design environment that includes the hardware and software needed to immediately begin prototyping their high-density designs. The Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit is based on a high-performance, high-density Stratix IV EP4SE530 FPGA. The FPGA features 530K logic elements (LEs) and provides on average 25 percent higher performance than currently available competitive FPGAs. The performance and density advantage offered by the Stratix IV EP4SE530 FPGA enables customers using the Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit to fit their large designs into a single device and achieve fast timing closure. The Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit is the first kit available to feature an FPGA interfacing with a 533-MHz DDR3 DIMM. Using this kit, customers can develop and test memory subsystems consisting of DDR3 DIMMs, QDR II+, and RLDRAM II memory interfaces.
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Oy Nautor AB, Builder of the World-Famous Swan Sailing Yachts, Selects Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter as Its Corporate-Wide PLM Platform   Freestyle’s Modular Development Platform Helps Save Months of Development Time Through Rapid Prototyping and Tool Re-use
PIETARSAARI, Finland and PLANO, Texas - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, announced that Oy Nautor Ab, builder of the world-famous Swan sailing yachts, selected Teamcenter software as its corporate-wide PLM solution and will deploy 60 seats when fully implemented. In addition Nautor has selected Siemens PLM Software’s NX software for yacht development. Siemens PLM Software will provide both software and services. “With Siemens PLM Software we see an opportunity to invest in a new enterprise solution for yacht development and product lifecycle management that is fully integrated and will enhance our competitive edge and customer value and continue to help further our growth,” said Antti Ivaska, Technical Director, Nautor.   AUSTIN, Texas - Freescale Semiconductor continues to enable advanced development through rapid evaluation and prototyping with its Tower System development platform. The company announced two interchangeable peripheral modules and 8- and 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) modules for the Tower System. The advanced peripheral modules offer developers 802.11b Wi-Fi and rapid prototyping functionality. The newest MCU modules support Freescale’s MCF5225X 32-bit ColdFire MCU and MC9S08LL64 8-bit MCU. "With the addition of these advanced modules for Freescale’s Tower System, we are providing designers, students and hobbyists an affordable development system that’s modular and expandable," said Aiden Mitchell, director of Freescale’s Industrial & Multi-Market Microcontroller business. “The Tower system, in conjunction with Freescale MQX software, is the ultimate enablement solution - giving designers an array of building blocks for entry-level to advanced processor development and helping speed time to market.”
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Russian JSC ‘Information Satellite Systems Reshetnev Company’ uses Dassault Systèmes PLM in Satellite Design   Lattice Technology Releases New XVL Converter for Autodesk Inventor 2010
Moscow - Dassault Systemes, a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions and one of the leading enterprises in the Russian Space Industry JSC Information Satellite Systems (ISS) Reshetnev Company have announced that they successfully implemented an integrated CATIA and ENOVIA solution improving the collaboration between key functions within the organization to speed the design of telecommunications and navigation satellites. This approach has also enabled ISS Reshetnev Company to expand its reach and to take advantage of opportunities in the international aerospace market. Founded in 1959 the ISS Reshetnev Company has taken part in more than 40 space programs in communication, TV broadcasting, navigation, geodesy and research. More than 1,200 spacecraft have been manufactured at ISS Reshetnev Company which encompasses the management of the whole product lifecycle, from design to controlling the space craft while in orbit. Since 1993 the enterprise started to trial and use different CAD systems.   SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Lattice Technology Inc., developers of digital manufacturing applications using the XVL format released its latest converter for Autodesk Inventor® 2010. The XVL Converter Plug-in for Autodesk Inventor allows 3D data created in Autodesk Inventor 2010 to be compressed to an average 0.5% of its original size with no loss of accuracy. As XVL data the 3D designs can be rapidly mocked up for simulation, design review, process design, kinematics, human interaction on the assembly line, and more, in the Lattice Technology applications. XVL data is also used to directly and rapidly create print-ready and interactive digital documentation for mBOMs, process and work instructions, and technical illustrations. Lattice Technology’s applications allow 3D design data from diverse sources and CAD platforms to be integrated into a single assembly model, and, because of the industry-leading compression, can still be easily used and manipulated on low specification PCs. The small size of the data means that it can be used interactively in locations such as the shop floor and shipping departments which have typically never benefited from 3D data before.
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Rockwell Automation Introduces FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI Business Intelligence Software for Manufacturing   ANSYS 12.1 Enhancements Support Fast Product Design and Validation
ANAHEIM, CA - Rockwell Automation introduced FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI business intelligence software for manufacturing. The FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI software helps empower users at every level of an enterprise with information from Web-based dashboards and reports on key performance indicators from multiple manufacturing and business data sources. Manufacturers can better monitor and manage productivity in real time, and make more insightful decisions about business priorities, such as product quality, equipment utilization and global supply-chain management to help reduce costs in today’s competitive business environment. The FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI software connects to multiple data sources - real-time, historical, relational and transactional - to create a single resource that can access, aggregate and correlate information via a Web browser. The new application is based on a unified production model (UPM) that provides a unified view of seemingly disparate manufacturing data and gives a context for relationships among equipment, product, materials and people.   SOUTHPOINTE, PA - ANSYS, Inc., a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, announced the availability of ANSYS 12.1 technology to support customers in Simulation Driven Product Development(TM). This latest release incorporates tools that further automate the product development process, making it easier to create designs that will succeed in the marketplace. In addition, ANSYS 12.1 extends the integration of its products with several best-in-class industry applications -- for electronics, polymer and glass-forming, and hydrodynamic applications -- into the ANSYS(R) Workbench(TM) environment, resulting in faster modeling times and an unparalleled breadth of cross-physics integration. These enhancements and others can help organizations develop more innovative products, lower development and manufacturing costs, and accelerate time to market. In April, ANSYS released version 12.0 of its integrated technology, which marked a new direction in advanced single-physics and multiphysics analysis. An updated version of the company’s simulation platform, ANSYS Workbench, was part of the release and provided integrated support for additional world-class ANSYS solvers.
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solidThinking Increases Its Availability in Asia by Signing SiliconStudio Korea as a Value-Added Reseller   Livengood Engineering Uses PTC CoCreate to Design Industry-First Mobile Medical Device Platform
TROY, MI - solidThinking, Inc. announced that it has added SiliconStudio Korea, Ltd., to its growing value-added reseller (VAR) community. SiliconStudio Korea will market, sell and support solidThinking’s NURBS-based concept-design software throughout South Korea. This agreement is the latest international VAR partnership signed by solidThinking to increase the software’s adoption throughout the global industrial design/styling market. SiliconStudio Korea provides the latest technology and software developments to the digital design, 3D visualization, computer graphics and virtual reality industries in South Korea to meet their concept-development needs. “SiliconStudio Korea is a well-known design technology resource and consultant in its market,” said Jim Hassberger, vice president of business development and customer relations for solidThinking. “Our agreement with SiliconStudio Korea expands our market presence in South Korea and further positions solidThinking for continued growth throughout Asia and other international markets.”   Needham, MA - PTC, The Product Development Company, announced that Livengood Engineering is using PTC CoCreate to design the Livengood Platform, a healthcare industry-first mobile medical device platform that consolidates the multiple cumbersome medical devices used for inpatient care. CoCreate is PTC’s explicit modeling software that provides companies with a lightweight and flexible approach to designing products. Livengood Engineering is an entrepreneurial company that recognized the need for a consolidated medical device platform which could also function as an ambulatory-assist device to improve patient independence and mobility. The Livengood Platform was designed so that any device attached to a patient has a position on the platform, eliminating the need to attach devices to the bed, wall and IV pole. Livengood selected CoCreate because it enabled the company to tackle the often unpredictable and frequent design modifications faced during the design and build of a completely new product. CoCreate’s easy, out of the box installation enabled Livengood to transition directly from working with 2x4 wooden mock-ups of the product to 3D computer models on the same day it installed the software.
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University of Michigan Taubman College Licenses Academic Version of LGD 3D Geometric Constraint Solver by LEDAS   JetBrians Releases TeamCity 5.0 Adding Amazon EC2 Cloud Integration, Boosting Scalability & Further Enhances User Experience
Ann Arbor, MI, and Novosibirsk, Russia - The University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and LEDAS Ltd., an independent provider of variational design tools, component technologies, and software development services for CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM market, announced that LGS 3D geometric constraint solver will be used for scientific research in the field of robotics. Wesley McGee, a Researcher/Lecturer in Architectural CAD/CAM technologies at the University of Michigan Taubmann College of Architecture and Urban Planning explains: "My current work, along with Dave Pigram of Pratt Institute includes developing robotic scripting applications using Rhinoceros 3D software. We are very interested in LEDAS Rhino Assembly plug-in and the geometric constraint engine it based on. One area we are investigating is the development of kinematic simulation of our robotic workcell in Rhino. We currently use several competing products to handle this, but to have a system completely based in Rhino would provide a lot of freedom..."   Prague, Czech Republic - JetBrains, the creators of intelligent, productivity-enhancing development tools, announced the public availability of TeamCity 5.0, the company’s award-winning distributed build management and continuous integration tool. TeamCity offers easy setup and delivers out-of-the-box continuous unit testing, sophisticated code quality analysis, and early reporting on build problems. It has a gentle learning curve, so you can quickly improve your release management practices by gradually adopting its advanced features and capabilities. "Every day we meet more and more customers with large build infrastructures and very high environmental diversity," - says Pavel Sher, TeamCity Project Manager. "There is definitely a strong demand for an extremely scalable, robust, and ready continuous integration solution - and that’s exactly what the latest TeamCity release is designed to provide. At the same time, we’re still going strong with end-user features for developers, and were able to add a great deal of usability improvements and an enhanced user experience."
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Innovative Machine from Wexxar/BEL Keeps Up With Production Demands While Saving on Energy Costs   PlasmaTech Introduces Universal Circuit Board to OEMs Worldwide
Delta, British Columbia - The latest innovation in case sealing from Wexxar Packaging, a division of Pro Mach, is the BEL 290 fully automatic case sealer. The BEL 290 has been designed to meet the demands of heavy-duty applications and to minimize energy waste during slow or paused case production upstream. The BEL 290 features Case Flow Logic, an innovative technology from Wexxar, which monitors the rate at which cases are flowing through the machine, hibernating when the machine is not in use, and automatically restarting when case flow resumes. This built-in power save mode allows production departments to work more efficiently. "Our customers have told us that environmental and sustainability issues are important to them," says William Chu, General Manager at Wexxar. "So, we looked at ways we could help them save energy costs while at the same time meet the demands of their heavy-duty, industrial applications."   LAS VEGAS - PlasmaTech, Inc., a wireless technology innovator providing solutions to the $120 billion global security market, announced that it has begun marketing its universal wireless remote control and access circuit board to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide. The Company’s universal circuit board can be integrated into almost any existing device, equipment or finished good to allow that device to send data wirelessly. The Company’s wireless transmitter has many applications in both the security and non-security fields; it could be used for the transmission of data from machines in manufacturing, data collection in oil fields, or data from valves controlling fluid volumes. Security applications could be sending data on door and window access to a central control system. These are but a few of the types of applications the wireless data transmission device could be installed. By working with various manufacturers the Company intends to provide its wireless secure transmitter as an add-on to their existing products. In many installations where data collection is required, running wires in just not an option, Plasmatech’s secure wireless transmitter is the solution.
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Agilent Technology: World’s Premiere Measurement Company  
When measurement matters, engineers, scientists, manufacturers, businesses, researchers, and government agencies rely on Agilent tools and solutions. From home entertainment to homeland security, from food safety to network reliability, and from communicating wirelessly to discovering the genetic basis of disease, Agilent provides the measurement capabilities that make our world more productive and a safer, healthier, more enjoyable place to live. No other company offers the breadth and depth of measurement tools and expertise to meet the world’s critical requirements for electronic and bio-analytical measurement. With our long track record and our exclusive focus on measurement, Agilent is the global industry leader-by virtually any measure.
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