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NI acquires design automation company in Canada

Posted: 09 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:electronics workbench? eda software? design tool? graphical system design?

National Instruments (NI) announced the acquisition of Electronics Workbench, a supplier of EDA software. The acquisition is anticipated to strengthen the integration between functional test and design tools and will advance graphical system design technology.

NI will retain all Electronics Workbench employees and continue to operate the company as a separate entity in Toronto, Canada. NI and Electronics Workbench development teams will work to further integrate the products and knowledge of the two companies. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of NI, Electronics Workbench plans to continue to develop and offer its complete line of design automation software and directly support educational initiatives with uninterrupted support to participating schools. The acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on NI earnings for the first quarter of 2005.

The Electronics Workbench flagship product, Multisim circuit simulation software, is used for electronic circuit design, board layout and electrical engineering training programs by companies and academic institutions including Sony, Boeing, MIT and DeVry.

For several years, Electronics Workbench and National Instruments have collaborated to integrate Multisim with the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment through downloadable software and technical resources that have helped thousands of engineers quickly design, simulate and validate electronic circuits. The Electronics Workbench acquisition adds graphical design and simulation software to the NI's platform of graphical development tools.

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