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HP Acquires Optimization Systems Associates, Expands CAE Software Portfolio.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 25, 1997-- Hewlett-Packard Company today announces that it has acquired Optimization Systems Associates Inc. (OSA) of Ontario, Canada. OSA, which was founded by John Bandler, Ph.D., is a small, privately held company that develops computer-aided engineering 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 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 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 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).

"Integrating OSA's technology into our electromagnetic product line will effect a paradigm shift 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.


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 . Information about HP EEsof can be obtained via http:/ .

CONTACT: Hewlett-Packard Company

Elisabeth Kannow, 818/879-6440


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