National Instruments buys Electronics Workbench

Austin, TX; Toronto, ON, Canada—To strengthen its graphical system design platform to further integrate design and test capabilities, National Instruments has acquired Electronics Workbench.


Austin, TX; Toronto, ON, Canada— To strengthen its graphical system design platform to further integrate design and test capabilities, National Instruments has acquired Electronics Workbench . The company supplies electronics design automation (EDA) software, such as its Multisim circuit simulation software, which is used for electronic circuit design, board layout and electrical engineering training programs by companies and academic institutions, including Sony, Boeing, MIT and DeVry. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, though the acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on NI's for the first quarter of 2005.

NI will retain all Electronics Workbench employees and continue to operate the company as a separate entity in Toronto. NI and Electronics Workbench’s development teams will work to further integrate the products and knowledge of the two companies. As a wholly owned subsidiary of NI, Electronics Workbench plans to continue to develop and offer its complete line of design automation software, and directly support educational initiatives with uninterrupted support to participating schools.

'Our customers aren’t satisfied with the integration of design, simulation, and test tools in the industry today,' says Ray Almgren, NI’s product marketing and academic relations VP. 'A graphical system design platform that integrates these disparate tools will increase productivity, and make testing throughout the design process more seamless. Our acquisition of Electronics Workbench is a major step forward in making this vision a reality and satisfying the needs of the design engineering community in industry and academia.'

For several years, Electronics Workbench and NI have collaborated to integrate Multisim with NI’s LabView software’s graphical development environment through downloadable software and technical resources, which have helped thousands of engineers quickly design, simulate, and validate electronic circuits. NI adds that acquiring Electronics Workbench adds graphical design and simulation software to its platform of graphical development tools.

'We migrated to Multisim last year because it is a superior tool for teaching electronic circuits, and because students can use it to easily integrate their simulations into LabView,' says Dr. Archie Holmes, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. 'The complex design of current and future systems demands a higher level of integration among design, simulation and test tools. This acquisition provides a closer link among these tools, which helps us better prepare our students to serve the growing demands of the market.'

For additional information, industry professionals can visit , and academic users can visit .

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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