EDA tools company Innoveda is to phase out PowerLogic as a stand-alone schematic capture package.
It picked up the product in last year's acquisition of PADS Software. The buy gave Innoveda several product overlaps in the area of PCB and system design. The company wants to move PowerLogic clients over to its own Viewdraw package.
Innoveda also plans to stop selling the Lava-CIS tool, used for design management, as an independent tool and bring its functions into its Design Exchange software.
Will Herman, president and CEO, said: "PowerLogic is almost a complete subset of Viewdraw."
He says there are a few features in PowerLogic that need to be added to Viewdraw before stopping development of the PADS tool.
There will be two more PowerLogic releases until the end of 2002, with the final one being the 'synchronisation' release with Viewdraw. "Nobody will lose functionality," said Herman.
Innoveda now plans to concentrate on Design Exchange as its design management environment at the expense of Lava-CIS.
"Lava-CIS didn't go to many people. That will be integrated into Design Exchange," Herman said.
He adds that the company is still in the process of deciding how it will address the segment of the market covered by Lava-CIS in terms of pricing.
"We have choices. We can integrate some of the basic functions into the tool to become DX-Lite or integrate them into a larger system. We haven't made those choices yet."
He says that, across the range, Innoveda is planning to spin out some tool configurations for PCB and system design to aim at low, middle and high-end parts of the market. But the main thrust will be for the mid-range and above.
"As with most EDA companies, the lion's share of the revenue comes from 30 to 50 customers worldwide and that will continue to be the case," said Herman.
"We have no plans to stop supporting the current customer base; we have a large and dedicated customer base that we serve. We think we can do that as a subset. Over time, we will use technology from PADS to go after the midrange and high-end customers."