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THE MATHWORKS AND DSPACE SIGN PACT TO BUILD INTEGRATED SOLUTION FOR DESIGN, SIMULATION AND REAL-TIME IMPLEMENTATION

 THE MATHWORKS AND DSPACE SIGN PACT TO BUILD INTEGRATED SOLUTION
 FOR DESIGN, SIMULATION AND REAL-TIME IMPLEMENTATION
 NATICK, Mass., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The MathWorks Inc. and dSPACE GmbH today announced the signing of an exclusive agreement under which the companies will create and market a high-performance, low-cost integrated hardware and software solution for design, analysis and real- time implementation of control and embedded systems.
 The solution, with a price/performance ratio unequaled in the market, will enable design and systems engineers in automotive, aerospace, telecommunications, electronics, computer peripherals, and other industries to perform their simulation work in one seamless environment, leading to increased productivity and an accelerated development process.
 Under the agreement, the companies will integrate The MathWorks' MATLAB, the popular standard in numeric computation software, and SIMULINK, for simulating dynamic systems, with dSPACE software and hardware. The dSPACE system is based on digital signal processor (DSP) technology to enable extremely fast processing during real-time testing.
 The MathWorks software has an open interface that can support hardware from multiple vendors. However, its alliance with dSPACE gives design and systems engineers a total hardware and software solution that combines The MathWorks' strengths in analysis, design, and simulation software with dSPACE's expertise in hardware and real-time implementation.
 "This alliance will result in a powerful and affordable integrated system for dynamic system simulation and real-time testing. Previous options for users were either to purchase hardware and software from different vendors and integrate these components themselves, or to purchase expensive "black-box" approaches that lacked the flexibility and price/performance to satisfy user requirements. The market is clamoring for an affordable and open solution from a single source, and we intend to be the first to provide it," said John N. Little, The MathWorks' president and chief executive officer.
 Dr. Herbert Hanselmann, co-founder and senior managing partner at dSPACE, said, "This alliance means that the previously separate fields of off-line design and analysis and on-line, real-time testing will be combined in one high-performance system at a price that makes it more accessible than ever before." Features of MATLAB, SIMULINK
 MATLAB, the underlying numeric computation foundation for all of The MathWorks' products, combines hundreds of built-in mathematical functions with powerful 2-D and 3-D graphing capabilities. In addition, MATLAB offers an underlying programming environment that enables users to create, debug, and execute their own functions in a fraction of the time required to write a program in Fortran, Basic, or C. The MATLAB application toolboxes extend the power of MATLAB by providing leading- edge algorithms and functions developed by renowned experts in digital signal processing, control system design, neural networks, system identification, dynamic system simulation, optimization and other application areas.
 This solid algorithmic foundation assures maximum efficiency and reliable results. Those features have made MATLAB an industry standard for exploiting and solving a wide range of problems in engineering, science, business, and education on computer platforms from Apple, Convex, Cray, DEC, HP/Apollo, IBM, Silicon Graphics and Sun.
 SIMULINK gives engineers, scientists, and others a highly interactive, graphical, and intuitive solution for modeling and analyzing dynamic systems, including linear, nonlinear, continuous, discrete and hybrid models. Previously known as SIMULAB, SIMULINK was recently renamed to reflect The MathWorks' intent to build upon the SIMULINK/MATLAB open architecture and offer expanded solutions that leverage the simulation, modeling, analysis, and design capabilities in the current product line through strategic partnerships with third-party vendors. The dSPACE relationship is an example of this.
 With SIMULINK, users can build block-diagram models using familiar point-and-click manipulations and dynamically link their models to user- created C, Fortran, and MATLAB routines. Users can perform live simulations that display results during the simulation, and they can change their system's parameters and see the effects immediately. dSPACE Hardware and Software Features
 dSPACE is the only company using digital signal processor technology targeted specifically at the advanced control and real-time simulation fields and tailored for use in even the most demanding closed-loop and multichannel testing applications. Its products are used in a variety of areas, including vehicle control, robotics, and computer peripherals.
 dSPACE hardware is based on technologically advanced Texas Instruments TMS320C30 and TMS320C40 floating-point DSPs, with computing power starting at 33MFLOPS. The hardware product family includes plug- in boards for PCs, expansion boxes with a bus interface, and Ethernet- compatible expansion boxes for lab or in-vehicle use. Configuration, Pricing, Availability
 The MathWorks and dSPACE will jointly market the systems they develop beginning later this year. Pricing for the complete system will start under $30,000 in the United States. Quantity and educational discounts are available, and The MathWorks and dSPACE will offer training on the use of the combined products.
 dSPACE is a developer of high-performance software and DSP-based hardware systems for real-time control. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, the company's customer base includes leading universities, research labs and corporations worldwide. dSPACE has an office in the U.S. and is represented in various countries throughout the world.
 The MathWorks Inc., based in Natick, develops and markets high- performance interactive engineering and scientific software for numeric computation, system simulation, and visualization. The MathWorks' products are distributed worldwide.
 (MATLAB and SIMULINK are trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. Other products and brand names are trademarks of their respective holders.)
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