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System design tool offers production release

Posted: 27 Feb 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mirabilis design? visualsim? software? visualsim architect? visualsim explorer?

Startup Mirabilis Design Inc. has introduced the first commercial version of VisualSim, its system-level performance-modeling software, said Deepak Shankar, Mirabilis' founder, president and CEO.

Launched two years ago, Mirabilis defined its strategy in October 2003. VisualSim supports the creation of high-level models of electrical systems and associated embedded software, but the company plans to ultimately offer mechanical modeling tools for complete systems, he said.

Two products are now available: VisualSim Architect creates system models, while the browser-accessible VisualSim Explorer allows users to view and change parameters of that model, but not to add or subtract functionality.

At the heart of the VisualSim technology is the Ptolemy simulation engine developed at the University of California, Berkeley. Shankar said Ptolemy has been optimized in the v2.0 production release of VisualSim to get a 35x simulation performance increase over the previous version of the engine.

Mirabilis has built an extensive library of building blocks for VisualSim Architect that users can assemble with the tool's graphical and textual entry technology to build models of a system, Shankar said. The new Virtual Resources feature simplifies model creation, improves simulation performance and increases model functionality, he said.

Users who have completed a system-level design with VisualSim can pass the model down to implementation engineers using the browser-based VisualSim Explorer.

The VisualSim line runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP/UX and Mac OS. Pricing starts at $15,000. A server license for VisualSim Explorer with unlimited user access starts at $20,000.

- Mike Santarini

EE Times

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