Computer Productivity Tools 12557

DN Staff

January 8, 2001

4 Min Read
Computer Productivity Tools


CADKEY(R)19 features improved hybrid modeling and blending, 2D-to-3D migration, 2D drawing and detailing, data translation, display, and graphics. It includes six new Dynamic Extension Utilities designed to enhance 2D layout, dimensioning, plotting, and file management. The company claims three specific improvements over past versions: 100% faster solid model shading; 20% faster blending and lofting; and optimal NURB computation for accelerated surface modeling, sweeping, and lofting.

Cadkey Corp., 33 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752; FAX (508) 229-2121;

For Information, enter 685

White LED

This woven fiberoptic backlighting technology allows engineers to more easily use white LED, for better contrast in applications such as custom controllers, small medical equipment, and other products with backlit LCDs. The backlights work with power operation as low as 5mW per square inch.

Lumitex Inc. , 8443 Dow Enter, Strongsville, OH 44136; FAX (440) 243-8402;

For Information, enter 686


Mastercam Lathe version 8 generates efficient turning toolpaths, and indicates the stock that is left over. Geometry and toolpaths are linked with full associativity, and parameters, toolpaths, and tool definitions are stored in a drag-and-drop library. Additional, optional translators are available.

CNC Software Inc. , 671 Old Post Rd., Tolland, CT 06084; FAX (860) 872-1565;

For Information, enter 687


The MC9S12DP256 is a flash-based, 16-bit microcontroller for automotive network applications. This company calls it the "automotive super gateway" and says it will be the industry's first microcontroller with six multiplex network modules-five CAN and one J1850-for enabling communication between different network busses within a vehicle. It is part of the HC12 family, a.k.a. STAR12.

Motorola , 6501 William Cannon Dr. W., Austin, TX 78738;

For Information, enter 688

Data storage

The FibreBlock(TM)Extreme provides large-capacity, high speed fibre channel storage for high-volume Internet and video content users. It is a RAID 3 system the size of a shoebox, featuring storage capacity up to 320GB and a combined transfer rate of 80-85 MB/sec from its five redundant drives. It permits multiple simultaneous streams to be transmitted for applications in video, music, and images.

Trimm Technologies , 350 Pilot Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119; FAX (702) 361-6067;

For Information, enter 689

Thermal analysis

TMG Thermal and Flow Analysis software is now integrated with SDRC's FEMAP version 8. TMG users can digitally simulate the physics of heat transfer and fluid flow, for applications in aerospace, automotive, and electronics. Called the FEMAP Thermal Solver Module, it offers analysis of conduction, convection, fluid flow, and radiation for both transient and steady state thermal simulations.

MAYA Heat Transfer Technologies Ltd , 4999 St. Catherine St. West, suite 400, Montreal, Quebec Canada H3Z 1- 1T3; FAX (514) 369-4200;

For Information, enter 690


Living Models(TM)is a plug-in that runs with 3DLinX(TM)version 1.5, a development tool for creating real-time 3D Windows applications. Living Models includes smoke, trails, fire, explosions, lens flares, alpha-numeric LED, HUD, fixed wing 6DOF, and keyframe navigator. Uses include engineering, architectural, educational, aviation, film, and gaming.

Global Majic Software Inc. , 620 Discovery Drive Building 2, Suite 250, Huntsville, AL 35806; FAX (256) 922-0708;

For Information, enter 691

GIS visualization

SiteBuilder 3D(TM)is a 3D geographic information systems (GIS) product used as an extension to the ArcView GIS(TM)desktop mapping program. It transforms 2D map data into interactive 3D environments, allowing users to conduct virtual fly-throughs while tracking their position in ArcView. Applications include high-end flight simulators, driving simulations, and real-time games.

Multigen-Paradigm Inc. , 550 South Winchester Blvd., Suite 500, San Jose, CA 95128; FAX (408) 261-4103;

For Information, enter 692


Motor-CAD software combines electromagnetic motor design with thermal analysis, for companies trying to compete through motor miniaturization and cost reduction. Users can match the features of their own constructions by changing cooling methods and overriding the default calculations. Other features include easy-to-read schematics and full duty-cycle analysis.

Motor Design Ltd. , 1 Eaton Court Tetchill, Ellesmere, Shropshire U.K. SY12 - 9DA; FAX (408) 261-4103;

For Information, enter 693

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