optimisation of designs using a combination of elastic computation, machine learning, big data analytics and simulation technology. Te first product available as part of the Ansys


SeaScape architecture is Ansys SeaHawk, which is aimed at engineers designing integrated circuits. ‘Die size and development time reduction

are targets that electronic design engineers have pursued with marginal success, given the limitations of today’s in-design solutions,’ said John Lee, general manager, Ansys. ‘Ansys SeaHawk bridges the in-design and sign-off needs by bringing unprecedented simulation performance and design insights without sacrificing sign-off accuracy and coverage. We’re excited to offer SeaHawk to the EDA industry today and equally excited to offer other SeaScape- based products across our entire simulation portfolio in the future.’ Engineering simulation generates tremendous

amounts of data – far more than most organisations can effectively leverage for future product designs. A typical integrated circuit,


Altair has announced that it has acquired Cedrat and its New York-based wholly-owned subsidiary, Magsoft, expanding the electromagnetic and thermal simulation capabilities of its HyperWorks CAE portfolio. Based in Grenoble, France, and with more than 35 years of experience in electrical engineering, Cedrat is a developer of low-frequency electromagnetics simulation for electric motor design. ‘Complementing the Altair

HyperWorks simulation software suite with our solutions dedicated

to electromagnetism, we are joining forces with a leader and now have access to new technologies and resources to help us offer more to users in this ever-accelerating world’ said Vincent Leconte, technical director, Cedrat. ‘By joining the Altair team, we will bring the electromagnetic expertise that has made our reputation over time, and allow us to meet new challenges and explore new, and so far inaccessible, horizons’.

The addition of Flux, a software package for electromagnetic and thermal simulation, enhances Altair’s


electromagnetic simulation portfolio by addressing lower frequency simulation requirements. The acquisition of Cedrat and its Flux technology adds to Altair’s broad software coverage and domain expertise to support Internet of Things (IoT) and the rapidly growing EM market. Cedrat follows Altair’s prior acquisitions of Feko high-frequency electromagnetics technology in 2014, and most recently WinProp wave propagation and radio network planning software. These strategic acquisitions in combination with the company’s

technology development have placed Altair on an accelerated growth path in the EM space. James Scapa, Altair’s founder, chairman and CEO, pointed out that with the application of communication controls: ‘The ability to simulate and optimise these systems for performance, usability and resource management is a key driver in their design.’ ‘We will continue to invest in both our people and technology roadmap to deliver the most relevant simulation-driven design solutions to support IoT now and into the future.’

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for example, has billions of variables that can be simulated. In many cases this means that engineering

supercomputing resources are not keeping pace with the demand for increasingly complex simulations. By making effective use of big data technologies as elastic compute and map reduce, SeaScape provides an infrastructure to address these issues – with the hope of accelerating the pace of innovation during the design process. Te first product on the

they can produce innovative designs quicker and more efficiently. Ansys has collaborated with Intel to optimise SeaScape to take full advantage of the many-core Intel Xeon processor and Intel Xeon Phi processor families. ‘Te performance increases enabled

SeaScape infrastructure, SeaHawk, transforms electronic product design through significant improvements in simulation coverage, turnaround times and analysis flexibility. Te combination of big data techniques and Ansys simulation capabilities offers SeaHawk users with a broad range of capabilities to reduce size of the chip and its power consumption without sacrificing performance or schedule constraints. Tese results supply more useful insight to product developers early in the design process so


by Ansys SeaHawk, enable users to freely optimise and innovate designs without constraints,’ said Hugo Saleh, director of marketing, High Performance Computing Platform Group at Intel. ‘Te collaboration between Intel and Ansys continues to deliver innovation and performance for our respective customers, ensuring great value and performance for reduced time to results. Together with Ansys, we’re delivering leading

simulation capabilities to market utilising the Intel Scalable System Framework.’ Ansys has reported that early users have

achieved an average of five per cent reduction in die size, which could result in millions of dollars in savings during the course of production.

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