Altair announced the acquisition of Polliwog Co. Ltd., a software company based near Seoul that provides EDA software to the electronics industry.

Polliwog expands Altair’s solution portfolio for system-level engineering to PCB design and analysis. Polliwog’s customer roster includes major consumer electronics companies such as Samsung and LG Electronics. Its products include a PCB modeler, simulation solvers and design verification tools that seamlessly integrate with customer design environments using any of the leading PCB design solutions.

The PollEx Modeler imports complete PCB design data and provides users with convenient ways to explore design details and verify manufacturability. PollEx is an open solution that transfers data between different ECAD and simulation environments. Its features include query, measure, finding objects and reporting, with integrated solvers for circuit, thermal, power and signal integrity simulation. PollEx is easy to use and gives instant multi-disciplinary design feedback.

Sun Hewh Huh, president and CEO of Polliwog, said, “Our business has mostly been focused on Korea, where we work with the biggest electronics manufacturers, and we see Altair as the right fit for global expansion. As the worlds of mechanical and electronic design are converging, Altair’s culture of simulation-driven innovation is the perfect home for our people and technology."

The integrated design of mechanical behavior and electronics is a trademark of today’s product development. During the past several years, Altair has expanded from its foundation of mechanical simulation software into areas of system simulation and electromagnetics. Polliwog ’s PCB solvers and verification tools extend these capabilities.

James Scapa, Altair’s chairman, CEO and founder, said, “Polliwog’s powerful PCB modeler and design verification tools allow EDA engineers at small and enterprise customers to collaborate at never-seen-before levels and greatly expands our HyperWorks solution portfolio.”