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PTC acquires product life cycle vendor

Posted: 13 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cad? eda? mechanical cad? parametric technology? intercomm?

In an apparent step toward linking mechanical CAD with EDA, mechanical CAD and product life cycle management (PLM) software vendor Parametric Technology Corp. (PTC) has acquired EDA data-centric PLM vendor OHIO Design Automation Inc. for about $12 million.

PTC built itself into a large public company on the strength of its ProEngineer mechanical CAD software. It has also been a major player in product life cycle management, or PLM. PTC is attempting to bridge the gap between MCAD and ECAD with its acquisition of OHIO-DA.

PTC picks up OHIO-DA's flagship product, InterComm, a vendor-neutral PLM tool that allows engineers to share PCB design data. Bill Berutti, senior vice president of marketing at PTC, said most of the players in the PLM market have roots in the mechanical CAD market. Those companies have integrated mechanical CAD data in PLM offerings.

Berutti said PLM companies had not adequately addressed the electrical side of PLM.

After some false starts, Berutti said PTC decided to acquire the technology from OHIO-DA. PTC will continue to offer InterComm as a standalone product and will use visualization technology for Windchill, PTCs enterprise- wide PLM tool. It will also build a link between InterComm and Windchill.

John Lane, president and CEO of OHIO-DA, said OHIO-DA saw wide adoption of its technology but expects adoption to soar under PDC. "We can leverage PTC's large sales force to really grow adoption," said Lane, who will head the InterComm group. InterComm "is used by hardware, signal integrity and test engineers to navigate design data and identify issues. Today people jump up and run over to the layout guy after they've used our tool to identify the problem. The real opportunity in hooking up with PTC and Windchill is we have the backbone to manage the communication."

Berutti said PTC envisions users of Cadence Allegro pulling down a menu to save designs to Windchill and then share or update data with the rest of the enterprise, not just electrical engineers.

- Mike Santarini

EE Times

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