10/17/2008 7:24 AM
The unmistakable trend of merging Mechanical CAD and CAE with Electronic Design Automation has been frequently highlighted in multiple blog entries in this space. The most recent entry appeared on October 10, 2008 called, “Mentor and Flomerics - Tighter EDA/MCAD Collaboration.” An entry before that appeared on September 19, 2008, entitled, “More EDA and MCAD Collaboration.”
On October 15, 2008, Autodesk announced it had completed the acquisition of Elektro-CAE-Software GmbH (ECS), a provider of electrical computer-aided design (CAD) software from Mensch und Maschine Deutschland GmbH.
ECSCAD software is said to complement AutoCAD Electrical software, which is used to create schematic-based designs. Both product lines are built on the AutoCAD platform. Autodesk says it can now enhance functionality and performance for both ECSCAD and AutoCAD Electrical customers.
"The acquisition of the ECSCAD technology extends Autodesk's leadership in Digital Prototyping and will allow European electrical design engineers
to integrate both mechanical and electrical designs, offering the best of both worlds of database and drawing-based technology," said Robert "Buzz" Kross, Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions senior vice president.