November 28, 2005
ECAD Continues To Expand Into The MCAD Arena
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Just imaging the complexity of specifying, routing, and keeping track of the hundreds or thousands of wires found in a typical car or truck with entertainment, navigation and safety systems. Then, imaging at least a magnitude greater for an aircraft. As the electrical wiring systems in the transportation industry become increasingly complex, so does the need for design software to manage this complexity. Change management for these mechanical/electrical systems also becomes important because a change in one will probably affect a change in the other.
Ok, so we've briefly discussed MCAD vendors embracing ECAD. What about the converse? As it turns out, a very prominent company in EDA, Mentor Graphics, is doing just that - supporting an initiative that integrates the design and engineering of mechanical and electrical systems. It has partnered with some of the big MCAD guns, such as Dassault, UGS, and PTC to tackle the enormous challenges of integrating MCAD and ECAD into a cohesive endeavor.
Mechanical things have become so electrical, that the integration of the two is becoming increasingly critical, not to mention complicated. This is such an important and growing area that in the coming weeks we will be discussing how the integration and complexity management processes are progressing as we interview executives from Mentor Graphics and some of its MCAD partners.
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in license software revenue, or a 24.9 percent year-over-year increase. The acquisition of Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. added US$20.5 million in overall revenue and US$7.5 million in license software revenue.
passengers and freighters -- in the 400-plus-seat segment over the next 20 years. Boeing also forecasts that large widebody freighters (65 metric tons and above in capacity) will comprise 34 percent of the freighter market by 2024.
components that allow users to specify Allen-Bradley product content directly from the included libraries into a design. This process automatically inserts the correct part number and product information into the bill of materials.
Netherlands, and Portugal. Libbey mold designers are using SolidWorks software to design blow-mold and press mold machines that produce the actual glassware. A key factor in Libbey's 3D CAD investment selection was the fact that SolidWorks software is available in the languages spoken at its existing and future plants, including Chinese, English, and Spanish.
Dassault Systemes announced the availability of V5 PLM 64-bit solutions on AMD Opteron processor-based systems, starting with Version 5 Release 16. The first AMD Opteron processor-based systems recently certified by Dassault Systemes to run V5 PLM 64-bit solutions are the HP xw9300 workstation and the IBM Intellistation A Pro 6217 workstation. Customers can benefit from increased maximum product model size, high levels of possible product model detail, and overall application performance.
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