Altair Buys Concept Engineering

The acquisition, according to Altair, is designed to expand electronic system design technology.

The acquisition, according to Altair, is designed to expand electronic system design technology.

Concept Engineering provides automatic schematic generation tools, electronic circuit and wire harness visualization platforms. Image courtesy of Altair.


Altair has acquired Freiburg, Germany-based Concept Engineering, a provider of electronic system visualization software.

Concept Engineering provides automatic schematic generation tools, electronic circuit and wire harness visualization platforms that provide on-the-fly visual rendering and electronic design debug solutions. 

“Concept Engineering’s advanced, reactive visualization technology is a best-in-class solution to help organizations accelerate their designs that have specific design architecture requirements, as well as rigorous service needs,” says James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “Integrating this technology into our electronic system design suite will offer our customers comprehensive and fast visual representations of complex system models and debug capabilities for electronic systems.”

Concept Engineering’s electronic system visualization and semiconductor design debug technology comes as a standalone solution and is built into more than 40 original equipment manufacturer design automation (EDA) and CAD tools to give end users smart debugging functionality.

Concept Engineering’s family of automatic schematic generation and visualization software components help software developers create smart and high-performance debugging cockpits, shorten software tool development cycles, lower software development and maintenance costs, and increase product quality of EDA tools, according to the company.

Concept Engineering provides advanced visualization of electrical circuits, wire harnesses, and components for rapid and reliable development, manufacture, and service for industries that require highly specialized debugging and visualization mechanisms for development and post-production product maintenance, according to the company. These industries include automotive, aerospace, industrial and robotics, medical, transportation and logistics, and construction and agriculture. 

“With more than 30 years of experience, we are proud to have built tools and technologies that help electronic design engineers easily understand, debug, optimize, and document electronic designs,” says Gerhard Angst, president and chief executive officer, Concept Engineering. “Being part of the Altair ecosystem will expand access to our tools at a time when the complexities surrounding electronic systems are greater than ever.”

Concept Engineering’s software will be integrated into Altair’s Electronic System Design suite and available via Altair Units, which gives customers easy access to Altair’s entire portfolio of software solutions.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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