Physical Modeling Consortium Founded by Maplesoft

WATERLOO, Ontario—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 15, 2008— Maplesoft(TM) today announced the founding of the Physical Modeling Consortium, a forum in which organizations can share ideas and advance the development of Rapid Plant Modeling methodology based on symbolic computation. As the founder and organizer, Maplesoft brings together leading companies in the automotive sector to discuss and explore shared challenges and new ideas.

The inaugural meeting of the consortium was held in California in conjunction with the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control. At this meeting, Toyota presented its vision for the future development in Rapid Plant Modeling methodology based on symbolic computation, and Maplesoft presented research and development in support of this vision.

Attendees at this initial consortium meeting included representatives from major players in the auto industry, including OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, consultancies, and academic researchers. Over 25 organizations participated in the initial meeting, and several others have expressed interest in future meetings.

Subsequent meetings of the Physical Modeling Consortium will take place in February 2008 in Berlin, Germany, and in July 2008 in Seoul, Korea.

Over the past 15 years, the automotive industry has succeeded in addressing the need for fast and effective design, simulation, and development of control systems through "off-the-shelf" software tools. Companies such as Toyota have led the adoption of such tools and the concept of Model-Based Design. However, today, automotive industry leaders recognize the need for a new set of software tools and methods to address the parallel problem of physical modeling (or "plant" modeling).

"Symbolic computation techniques offer a natural paradigm for physical modeling, and provide model simplification capabilities that deliver the fastest possible execution speed and are critical for today's complex systems," said Laurent Bernardin, Chief Scientist and Vice President of Research and Development, Maplesoft. "Using mathematical solving tools such as Maple(TM), engineers can arrive at concise and computationally efficient models. These tools can substantially ease the modeling process of automotive systems. We see companies increasingly using these tools to address their most challenging problems."

Maplesoft is a recognized leader in mathematical software. Maple, its flagship product, is the world's most sophisticated and widely-used symbolic mathematics system, and includes a fully-integrated set of industry-standard numeric solvers. The Maplesoft product line integrates tightly with existing customer tool chains, which include tools from The MathWorks(R), 3-D CAD systems, real-time hardware systems, and spreadsheets.

Maplesoft's range of engineering modeling tools offers solutions to high-fidelity modeling problems, such as those involving the implementation of vehicle dynamics in real-time simulators for hardware-in-the-loop testing.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things. Maplesoft has transformed the way engineers, scientists, and mathematicians use math, enabling them to work better, faster, and smarter.

Organizations around the world have applied Maplesoft solutions in nearly every technical field including engineering design, operations research, scientific research, and financial analysis. Maplesoft's commercial customers include Allied Signal, BMW, Boeing, Bosch, Canon, Chrysler, DENSO, Ford, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, NASA, Raytheon, Sun Microsystems, Toyota, and many more.

Maplesoft offers powerful and easy-to-use tools that improve designs, save time and reduce errors.

-- Maple solves complex mathematical problems and creates rich technical documents.

-- Maple Toolbox for MATLAB(R) seamlessly integrates Maple into an existing MATLAB environment.

-- BlockBuilder(TM) for Simulink(R) is a First Principles environment that integrates Maple into an existing Simulink environment by automatically producing Simulink blocks.

-- BlockImporter for Simulink is a Maple add-on tool that allows you to import a Simulink model into Maple and convert it to a set of mathematical equations.

-- MapleNet(TM) allows users to publish live Maple documents on the Web.

-- The Professional Toolbox Series(TM) provides domain-specific tools that focus the core Maplesoft products on discipline-specific applications.

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