IBM(R)'S ALTIUM(TM) ANNOUNCES ALLIANCE WITH SILICON GRAPHICS INC.
BURBANK, Calif., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM's ALTIUM announced today that it is porting its computer-aided design (CAD) MICRO CADAM software to the graphic RISC-based workstations of Silicon Graphics Inc. ALTIUM will ship MICRO CADAM on Silicon Graphics workstations during the third quarter. ALTIUM is extending MICRO CADAM to new computing environments as part of its strategy to supply its CAD/CAM/CAE products across the most popular engineering hardware. ALTIUM will demonstrate its MICRO CADAM software running on Silicon Graphics Indigo(TM) RISC PCs at the AEC trade show in Anaheim, Calif., on June 7-12 in booth No. 2129. "Silicon Graphics is excited to work with MICRO CADAM, an accepted CAD standard in corporations around the world," said Stephen G. Ursenbach, Silicon Graphics vice president of applications and market development. "The company's strength in Japan is especially attractive when coupled with Silicon Graphics' presence in the Asian market. We expect the combined strengths will impact all CAD markets as the alliance is presented world-wide." "We are aggressively pursing new markets and opportunities to broaden our customer base," said Lee Murray, ALTIUM president. "Our mission is to increase the competitiveness of our customers, who by using MICRO CADAM software on the Silicon Graphics hardware can create their products better, faster and more cost-effectively. We believe that our alliance with Silicon Graphics will provide us with another strategic area in which to continue translating our overwhelming success in the demanding Japanese market -- where we are a strong No. 1 -- to other geographies." MICRO CADAM is interoperable across multiple operating systems or hardware platforms. Engineers can file a drawing from MICRO CADAM in the DOS environment and then call that same drawing up on a Silicon Graphics Indigo Workstation without time-consuming data translation. "MICRO CADAM is the first CAD software product to support disk compatibility," said Mark Pinson, director of MICRO CADAM software development. "We were able to create DOS directories on a floppy disk from a UNIX(R) machine. There were no system calls available to do this, but our product does it." In addition to drawing compatibility, MICRO CADAM answers the requirements of multinational companies to share drawings across geographies by displaying and modifying character text in six of the world's most popular languages including Japanese. For instance, a Japanese customer used MICRO CADAM for conceptual design and then sent drawings to the United States for detailed design, and then had the MICRO CADAM designs sent to Mexico for manufacturing. MICRO CADAM Product Family MICRO CADAM products developed for the Silicon Graphics workstations include: MICRO CADAM PLUS, the power mechanical design tool; Data Transfer, for exchanging model data with mainframe-based CADAM systems; Alternate Character Sets, for drawing annotation in non-English characters; MICRO CADAM Access, an open architecture offering that enables MICRO CADAM users to write programs that interface the data in the MICRO CADAM model with other business processes such as bill-of-material generation, program scheduling and family of parts management; MICRO CADAM LDX for CAD library management, data extraction and bill-of-material generation; and MICRO CADAM VIEW for paperless communication across the corporation. Originally developed in 1965 by engineers to automate design engineering and drafting, ALTIUM products have since been used to design a broad spectrum of products ranging from intricate piece parts to airplanes. In 1990, the IBM Corp. acquired ALTIUM from the Lockheed Corp. Thus began a two-year business plan which led the company to shed less-profitable businesses, focus on the fastest- growing segment of the computer industry -- the desktop -- and adopt an entrepreneurial "no-excuses" management style that enables ALTIUM to bring innovative new products to the market. According to the market research firm Daratech, ALTIUM now holds the No. 2 position in the worldwide desktop CAD market. Despite the worldwide recession, MICRO CADAM 1992 revenues increased 20 percent in an industry that grew 1 percent. -0- 6/7/93 /EDITOR'S NOTE: ALTIUM, IBM CAD and P-CAD are trademarks of ALTIUM. MICRO CADAM is a licensed trademark of ALTIUM. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective holders./ /CONTACT: Ginny Babbitt of Silicon Graphics, 415-390-2527; or Antonia Inman of ALTIUM, 818-841-9470/
CO: ALTIUM; Silicon Graphics Inc.; IBM ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT
LS-JL -- LA007 -- 5847 06/07/93 09:09 EDT
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|Date:||Jun 7, 1993|
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