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HP Acquires Optimization Systems Associates, Expands CAE Software Portfolio.



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, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 25, 1997-- Hewlett-Packard Company today announces that it has acquired Optimization Systems Associates Inc. (OSA 1. OSA - Open Scripting Architecture.
2. OSA - Open System Architecture.
) of Ontario, Canada. OSA, which was founded by John Bandler, Ph.D., is a small, privately held company privately held company

A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly.
 that develops computer-aided engineering See CAE.
Computer-aided engineering

Any use of computer software to solve engineering problems. With the improvement of graphics displays, engineering workstations, and graphics standards, computer-aided engineering (CAE) has come to mean the computer
 software, specializing in optimization technologies used with device-, circuit- and electromagnetic-simulation software. Terms were not disclosed.

OSA will become part of the HP EEsof Division, which markets a full range of simulation and analysis tools that provide design solutions for communications-signal-path design. Target applications include cellular telephones, wireless local area networks (LANs), collision-avoidance radar, defense electronics and satellite-communications links.

"HP's recently introduced Advanced Design System integrates a wide variety of proven radio-frequency, digital signal processing See DSP.

Digital Signal Processing - (DSP) Computer manipulation of analog signals (commonly sound or image) which have been converted to digital form (sampled).
 and electromagnetic design tools into a single environment," said Jake Egbert, HP EEsof Division general manager. "OSA's optimization technology is another best-in-class solution that HP will leverage synergistically syn·er·gis·tic  
adj.
1. Of or relating to synergy: a synergistic effect.

2. Producing or capable of producing synergy: synergistic drugs.

3.
 across the HP EEsof product line. Our customers demand that our products work together with other tools. Part of OSA's success has been its ability to work with electronic-design-automation companies, and we look forward to continued cooperation with these existing vendors."

"Having the OSA software integrated within the tools of a leading EDA (1) (Electronic Design Automation) Using the computer to design, lay out, verify and simulate the performance of electronic circuits on a chip or printed circuit board.  vendor such as HP will allow OSA's technology to be fully utilized by the design community," said Bandler, president of OSA. OSA software developers will continue to develop the technology as HP employees, and Bandler will be a consultant to the company.

Initially, HP plans to integrate OSA's optimization capabilities into its planar electromagnetic simulator, HP Momentum, as well as its three-dimensional (3-D) electromagnetic simulator, the HP High Frequency Structure Simulator (HP HFSS HFSS High Frequency Structure Simulator
HFSS High Fat, Salt and Sugar (food content)
HFSS High-Frequency Sounder System
HFSS High Frequency Simulator System
HFSS High Frequency Sensor Subsystem
).

"Integrating OSA's technology into our electromagnetic product line will effect a paradigm shift A dramatic change in methodology or practice. It often refers to a major change in thinking and planning, which ultimately changes the way projects are implemented. For example, accessing applications and data from the Web instead of from local servers is a paradigm shift. See paradigm.  in how these tools are used," Egbert said. "Our electromagnetic tools will move from being analysis tools to design tools."

Longer-term plans include leveraging OSA technology across HP's circuit- and device-simulation product lines.

ABOUT HP

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global provider of computing, Internet and intranet solutions, services, communications products and measurement solutions, all of which are recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 121,900 employees and had revenue of $42.9 billion in its 1997 fiscal year.

Information about products from HP's Test and Measurement Organization can be obtained on the World Wide Web via http://www.hp.com/go/tmdir . Information about HP EEsof can be obtained via http:/www.hp.com/go/hpeesof .

CONTACT: Hewlett-Packard Company

Elisabeth Kannow, 818/879-6440

ekannow@wlv.hp.com

or

CM Communications for Hewlett-Packard

Caroline Murphy, 415/324-8819

cpm1@ix.netcom.com
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