SkyCross Drives Wireless Antenna Technology With PTC Mathcad

NEEDHAM, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 17, 2007— PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company(R), today announced that SkyCross, a global wireless company providing antenna-centric solutions, is using Mathcad, PTC's engineering calculation software to optimize design requirements of its wireless antennas. Using PTC solutions, SkyCross can quickly respond to market demands for more powerful antennas on ever-smaller wireless products.

Wireless technology is complex. With hundreds of options available for any particular wireless antenna design, engineers must evaluate which combination will deliver the best customer experience relative to both aesthetics and reception. Investigating which design options will result in a final product can prove to be time consuming and costly. Because SkyCross is in the supply chain for device manufacturers and makes several million antennas per year, designing and delivering innovative antennas that address market requirements in the most efficient and cost-effective way is critical to their success.

In 2003 SkyCross began using Mathcad to help its radio frequency engineers perform many signal simulations and complex design computations in a lab setting where mathematical principals and variables can be easily controlled and adjusted. Before using Mathcad, SkyCross depended on manipulating lab built models for one particular class of antennas, the Quadrifilar Helical Antenna. Mathcad enabled predictable antenna performance which led to faster development times and reduced costly product development processes. Now with Mathcad, the company can develop solid initial designs leading to a more efficient product development cycle with fewer errors, fewer iterations and less money and time spent on prototypes. Additionally, the Mathcad calculation documentation capabilities enable SkyCross radio frequency engineers to communicate engineering calculations easily across its distributed engineering and manufacturing sites in the United States, China and Korea using mathematics, the universal language of engineering.

SkyCross is also using PTC Pro/ENGINEER(R), the core design offering within the PTC Product Development System (PDS), as the global CAD/CAM/CAE solution. Pro/ENGINEER helps SkyCross ensure that antennas are designed with manufacturing in mind, using practical materials and minimizing complicated assembly processes. Using Pro/ENGINEER, SkyCross is able to minimize cost with practical materials and clever fabrication techniques.

"We constantly strive to develop and deliver innovative RF and antenna technology," said Dr. Chris Morton, CEO of SkyCross. "PTC solutions enable SkyCross engineers to develop the kind of next-generation designs that the market demands while also enabling us to remain committed to our partners production schedules. We look forward to continuing our work with PTC."

SkyCross is currently piloting Mathcad 14.0 and Pro/ENGINEER integration which will help customers ensure that mathematical parameters derived in Mathcad worksheets can be used to drive Pro/ENGINEER geometry directly, providing for greater design, development, lower cost and time-to-market efficiencies.

"PTC solutions enable organizations like SkyCross to continually expand the technology that drives product innovation," said Chad Hawkinson, vice president product strategy, electronics, PTC. "The integration between Mathcad and Pro/ENGINEER supports our commitment to develop technologies that work tightly together to streamline product development processes for our customers. We are proud to continue our work with SkyCross as it builds and delivers the technology that sets it apart from competitors."

About SkyCross

SkyCross ( is a global wireless company providing antenna-centric solutions to the mobile phone, home entertainment, and computing industries. These high-performance, radio-frequency (RF) solutions bundle patented technologies, antenna products, and advisory services to streamline the design cycle, empowering device manufacturers to develop winning consumer electronics products and get them to market faster and easier. The company's frequency-agile, protocol-independent technologies are key enablers in delivering advanced voice, data, video, and location services to a wide variety of very small devices. Founded in 2000, SkyCross is ISO 9001 certified and offers a full range of solutions from its facilities in Melbourne, Florida (USA); Seoul, South Korea; and Shenzhen, China.

PTC Solutions for Engineering Calculations

PTC solutions for engineering calculations are designed to enable companies to automate calculation tasks by simultaneously documenting and solving the critical engineering calculations used throughout the product development process in order to deliver optimized products more rapidly. Ninety percent of Fortune 1000 companies, 500 government agencies and 2,000 colleges and universities around the world use PTC Mathcad to capture the strategic value in their engineering calculations.

About PTC

PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC) provides leading product lifecycle management (PLM), content management and dynamic publishing solutions to more than 40,000 companies worldwide. PTC customers include the world's most innovative companies in manufacturing, publishing, services, government and life sciences industries. PTC is included in the S&P Midcap 400 and Russell 2000 indices. For more information on PTC, please visit

Except for the historical information contained herein, matters discussed in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include: our successful development and integration of the technology necessary to offer an integrated product development system; our ability to facilitate our customers' understanding of the benefits of our integrated PLM solutions and product development system offering (including return on investment, ease of use, and value creation); our successful development of the technology necessary to integrate the Mathcad product with PTC products; the market for, and customer adoption of, calculation solutions may not grow as quickly as we expect; we may be unable to retain and maintain relationships with key employees, distributors, customers and other strategic partners of Mathsoft, including those within markets and vertical industries with which PTC has little experience; we may be unable to adequately support multiple solutions acquired through strategic business development initiatives in industries outside of PTC's traditional customer base as well as other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in reports filed by PTC with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including PTC's most recent reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q. The announcement of any particular selection or utilization of PTC products is not necessarily indicative of the timing of recognition of revenue therefrom or the level of revenue for any particular period.

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