In a bid to broaden both companies’ customer bases, Hewlett-Packard and Personal CAD Systems Inc have entered a joint technical and marketing effort to develop a migration path linking workstations running HP-UX and Personals using P-CAD software under MS-DOS. Personal CAD and Hewlett-Packard intend to develop bi-directional links for schematic data and printed circuit board artworking. This agreement means that P-CAD users can access Hewlett’s top-end systems and Hewlett can offer its customers a link to P-CAD’s entry-level electronic design software. Users can now transfer ‘netlists’, the logical connections of a design, from P-CAD’s schematic capture system, to the Hewlett-Packard printed circuit design system. No date has been set for the completion of the project, but discussions are under way to provide further integration between the two products, including investigation of design-data management; human interfaces; and networking. Personal Computer Systems Inc, San Jose, California has set up offices in Brussels and Windsor, Berkshire in the last nine months.
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