LONDON Design software specialist AWR (El Segundo, Calif.) has bought, for an undisclosed sum, Simulation Technology and Applied Research, Inc. (STAAR), which focuses on RF and microwave simulation software.
STAAR (Mequon, WI) will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of AWR and remain in Wisconsin. The company develops 3D, parallelized FEM tools for electromagnetic simulation of RF and microwave components (MMICs) and subsystems.
The software will be used in conjunction with AWR's own high frequency EDA tools.
STAAR founder Dr. John DeFord will continue to lead the Wisconsin-based team.
AWR said it chose STAAR after spending much of 2008 evaluating 3D EM technologies and firms in response to customer demand for a seamlessly-integrated 3D FEM tool within its design environment.
STAAR, launched in 1997, has developed proprietary parallelized 3D FEM EM simulation and analysis capability, which is embodied in its Analyst software, the result of more than a decade of development at STAAR in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense and U. S. Department of Energy.
"STAAR's product line, corporate philosophy of simulation accuracy and scalability, along with excellent customer service aligns well with AWR's corporate culture. Analyst software is a natural complement to AWR's existing product portfolio and we're excited by the prospect of taking the Analyst solution global via AWR's worldwide sales, marketing, and support organization," said Dr DeFord in a statement.
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