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05 March 2008

Interdesign Technologies Selects D-Cubed 3D DCM for Mechatronics Simulation

PLANO, Texas, March 5, 2008 – Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, and InterDesign Technologies, Inc. of Tokyo, a leading provider of design solutions for embedded systems and system-on-chips, today announced the use of the D-Cubed™ 3D Dimensional Constraint Manager (3D DCM) constraint solver in InterDesign’s Vmech® mechatronics simulator.

Mechatronic systems are electo-mechanical devices driven by control software such as industrial robots, DVD players and digital cameras. Vmech accelerates the development of mechatronic systems, especially the control software, by simulating the mechanisms with which the control software interacts. Using such virtual prototypes at an early stage of the development cycle enables engineers to minimize the costs and risks associated with the development of expensive physical prototypes.

“We wanted a proven 3D constraint solver that would be easy to integrate in our application to characterize the linkages in a virtual mechanism, define its degrees of freedom and drive a motion simulation,” said Shoichi Motohashi, Senior Manager, Virtual Mechatronics Division of InterDesign Technologies, Inc. “The 3D DCM was the ideal solution, enabling Vmech to model accurately and reliably the behavior of the mechanisms in various control software scenarios. Furthermore, the 3D DCM is backed by Siemens PLM Software, a stable and trusted supplier of software components to the Japanese CAD, CAM, CAE and PLM marketplace over many years.”

The 3D DCM is the industry’s preferred solution for solving geometric constraints in 3D models, being used to define assembly relationships in many major 3D mechanical CAD systems. As a general purpose geometric constraint solver, its benefits reach into other applications, such as routing and part modification as well as kinematic motion simulation.

“Mechatronics simulation unifies mechanical and electronic control processes in a sophisticated virtual prototype, demanding the most innovative and reliable software technologies,” said Bruce Feldt, vice president of Open Tools for Siemens PLM Software. “InterDesign Technologies’ selection of the 3D DCM is the latest in a long line of endorsements of our component technologies and we are pleased that our solutions are supporting their innovations in this field.”

About InterDesign Technologies, Inc.

InterDesign Technologies provides design frameworks and comprehensive solution services that innovate system-level design for embedded systems and/or system-on-chips (SoCs). Our products and services allow you to realize optimal design, improvement in design reliability and quality as well as drastic reduction in design cycle time. For more information, please visit www.interdesigntech.co.jp/english.

About PLM Components; Parasolid and D-Cubed

PLM Components are software tools that can help increase the profitability of software applications in the CAD, CAM, CAE and PLM marketplace by raising their value and lowering their costs. This is achieved by supporting innovation and interoperability with standard tools that ensure quality and reduce time to market. Siemens PLM Software develops these components, uses them throughout its own applications and licenses them to independent software vendors and end-user organizations. Flexible licensing arrangements and a simple, proven integration process enable any organization, large or small, to bring innovative capabilities to their applications quickly and economically. Part of the PLM Components family of products, the Parasolid® and D-Cubed components provide 3D part and assembly modeling, editing and interoperability, 2D/3D parametric sketching, motion simulation, collision detection, clearance measurement and visualization. Applications include mechanical CAD, CAM, CAE, mold design, sheet metal, AEC, GIS, structural, plant and ship design, CMM, reverse engineering and sales configuration. For more information, please visit http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/open/.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 4.6 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.


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