Cadkey will soon join TurboCAD and Design CAD as a member of the International Microcomputer Software, Inc. (IMSI®) family (www.imsisoft.com). IMSI has agreed to buy all the assets of Cadkey, enabling Cadkey to pay the debt incurred from an adverse legal judgment against it. The courts found Cadkey guilty of breach of contract and copyright infringement in a suit filed by HLB Technologies, Inc. An appeals court reversed the patent infringement finding but affirmed a breach of contract claim, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case. Cadkey will continue to develop its products under IMSI ownership. In fact, the company has just released version 21.5 of its flagship product. It includes several enhancements to boost performance and robustness, says President Robert Bean. He says display performance is two to three times faster than previous editions, layout is five times faster, and printing performance is 2.5 times faster. "This acquisition will actually open up more R&D funding for the product," Bean says.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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