Collaboration Between ANSYS and Zuken Will Drive Improvement in Electronics Development

    ECAD Interface Now Available between Zuken Electronics Design and
    Manufacturing Solutions and ANSYS Workbench

    SOUTHPOINTE, Pa., Dec. 10 /CNW/ -- ANSYS, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ANSS), a global
innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product
development processes, and Zuken Inc., an engineering consulting company,
today announced a collaboration that will interface Zuken's electronics
computer-aided design (ECAD) tools with the ANSYS(R) Workbench(TM) simulation
environment. Headquartered in Japan, Zuken is trusted globally by leading
companies to optimize electrical and electronic engineering design and related
manufacturing processes. As a result of the collaboration, the ANSYS Workbench
platform now provides thermal/mechanical/electromagnetic simulation
capabilities to the complex component/board/system geometry in two Zuken
software solutions: CR-5000 and Board Modeler.
    Zuken's CR-5000 electronic design automation (EDA) suite provides
advanced printed circuit board (PCB) design functionality. The Board Modeler
solution converts both PCB and mechanical design data to enable
electromechanical co- design and verification based on 3-D data. The ANSYS
Workbench platform is an environment that offers an efficient and intuitive
user interface, superior CAD integration, and automatic meshing as well as
access to model parameters and simulation and modeling products from ANSYS.
Consequently, the collaboration between ANSYS, Inc. and Zuken further bridges
the gap between electrical and mechanical design.
    Zuken chose to collaborate with ANSYS because of the simulation company's
considerable expertise in major computer-aided engineering (CAE) areas
including structural analysis, fluid analysis and mesh generation, and because
the solutions are used widely throughout the world. "Zuken Board Modeler
brings to the ANSYS Workbench platform printed circuit board design data with
access to detailed geometric component information. The interface with ANSYS
Workbench will enhance the MCAD import/export capabilities of Board Modeler as
well as provide extensive simulation capabilities to its users. Static
clearance checking in Board Modeler can be enhanced in the ANSYS Workbench
environment by performing vibration/shock or drop test simulations to detect
potential interference problems during product use and operation," said
Kazuhiro Kariya, director of R&D at Zuken Inc.
    "Working with Zuken is an important step in providing our simulation
capabilities to the electronics industry," said Joe Solecki, vice president,
mechanical business unit at ANSYS, Inc. "By creating the Board Modeler
product, Zuken has illustrated the importance of bringing electrical and
mechanical design together. The company's collaboration with ANSYS takes this
to the next level, enabling thermal, mechanical and electromagnetic
multiphysics simulation. Our collective customers now have the opportunity to
significantly reduce the design cycle and, thus, time to market in the dynamic
and highly competitive electronics industry."
    Zuken and ANSYS worked closely to validate the technology and to solve
the technical challenges associated with integrating their tools. As a result,
3-D models can be created from PCB design data, including electrical
components, in order to perform analyses with simulation software from ANSYS.
This will enable both systems' users to perform structural and thermal
analyses on the design in progress without creating prototypes, significantly
improving development speed and reducing cost.
    The Zuken CR-5000 product includes detailed board-level information that
is used by the ANSYS Iceboard(R) and ANSYS Icepak(R) products to accurately
thermally simulate the printed circuit board. When this data is combined with
the extensive three-dimensional component library in Board Modeler along with
system-level geometry imported through ANSYS Workbench or Board Modeler, a
user has all the data necessary to perform true virtual prototyping in ANSYS
    In Japan, CAE products from ANSYS are distributed by channel partner
Cybernet Systems Co. Ltd. as well as ANSYS, Inc. subsidiaries ANSYS K.K. and
Fluent Asia-Pacific Co. Ltd.
    Cybernet (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4312) contributed to technical validation
of the Zuken and ANSYS interface. Zuken will continue to partner with Cybernet
to market and support its products.
    About Zuken
    Zuken is trusted globally by leading companies to optimize their
electrical and electronic engineering design and related manufacturing
processes. Its unique combination of proven experience, technological
expertise and agility creates electronic design automation solutions as well
as computer-aided engineering (CAE) solutions that are innovative, dynamic and
    With over 30 years experience, Zuken has grown to become the world's
leading provider of EDA software and electronic product lifecycle management
(e-PLM). The company's solutions optimize the efficiency of electronics and
electrical R&D, engineering, manufacturing, new product introduction (NPI),
component purchasing and component engineering in the PCB/MCM/HIC market.
Listed on Level 1 of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Zuken improves product quality
and profitability for electrical and electronics manufacturers globally, from
automotive to aerospace, communications to consumer electronics, power to
heavy machinery, and medical to military markets. With headquarters in Japan,
Zuken hosts development and support centers in 10 countries -- including the
United States, Germany, UK, France, Italy, China and Taiwan -- and is a
trusted partner of more than 4,800 organizations, with over 45,000 individual
licenses worldwide. For further information, visit
    About ANSYS, Inc.
    ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering
simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers
across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development
of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly
on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-
conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and
validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide
sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than 40 strategic sales locations throughout
the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,400 people
and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40
countries. Visit for more information.
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