Troy, MI — Altair has announced its intent to acquire Visual Solutions, makers of VisSim, a visual language for mathematical modeling, simulation and model-based embedded system development used by scientists and engineers. The transaction is expected to close by the end of July 2014.
“Product innovation is increasingly driven by embedded systems, prompting higher demand for powerful development and testing tools,” said Michael Hoffmann, Senior Vice President, Math and Systems at Altair. “Visual Solutions has been at the forefront of this domain for over 20 years. Altair is in the business of helping customers drive innovation by the use of computer-aided engineering in the product development process. A move to expand our portfolio in the direction of embedded systems is a logical extension of the company’s commitment to simulation-driven design.”
“Partnering with Altair will bring current and future VisSim users many benefits, including integration with a world-class engineering organization and software portfolio,” noted Peter Darnell, President and Owner of Visual Solutions. “Moreover, Altair’s steadfast commitment to elite customer service and technical support mirrors our own and bodes well for the future.”
VisSim's simple block diagram notation combined with OMG 2.0 compliant UML State Charts are designed to make it easy to create high-fidelity nonlinear dynamic simulations. VisSim supports continuous, discrete and multi-rate systems, and its simulations with built-in optimization methods allow users to experiment without risk to tune controllers, optimize parameters and perform what-if scenarios for critical large-scale projects. VisSim has an extensive library of hydraulic, electro mechanical, digital power and communication blocks to speed simulation creation.
The automatically generated C-Code can be targeted to specific microcontrollers like Texas Instruments C2000 and ARM Cortex. The rapidly growing practice of using a single tool chain for modeling and simulation of the controller and plant being controlled, along with automatic code generation of the controller, is known as model-based embedded development. With its simulation capability and advanced code generation, VisSim is well-suited to this development method.
VisSim add-ons for OPC, CAN, RS232 serial, UDP, and National Instruments-based analog and digital I/O aid in the development of real-world control systems. To facilitate collaboration, the free VisSim Viewer lets anyone open and run a VisSim diagram.
"I have always been impressed by the performance of VisSim. Compared to other simulation tools on the market, I can create and validate my control system designs more rapidly by flawlessly transitioning from initial, simple concept simulations to higher fidelity versions and then to hardware-in-the-loop simulation. No other tool has been able to match the versatility and simplicity of VisSim,” commented Mike Borrello, Principal Controls Engineer at Philips Healthcare, Hospital Division. “I’m really looking forward to seeing how Altair’s math and system simulation capabilities will complement VisSim functionality in terms of a complete, integrated design environment. I’m excited to get my hands on the next release.”
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, MI, and operates more than 40 offices throughout 22 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments.
About Visual Solutions
Founded in 1989, Visual Solutions is the creator of VisSim, a visual language for mathematical modeling, simulation and model-based embedded development. The company’s corporate headquarters are in Westford, MA. Thousands of scientists and engineers worldwide use VisSim for fast accurate simulation and model-based embedded development. VisSim's fast execution speed allows real-time execution of high fidelity models. VisSim has been used in projects ranging from process control, aerospace, mechatronics, electric motor control, pulp and paper, nuclear, wind and hydro power, data communications, economics, HVAC, and biomedical applications.