Altair buys electromagnetics software developer

TROY — The Troy-based engineering technology developer Altair Engineering says it has completed its acquisition of Grenoble, France-based Cedrat S.A. and its New York-based subsidiary, Magsoft Corp.

In a news release, Altair said Cedrat is a developer of electromagnetic and thermal simulation software, used by manufacturers to accelerate the development of electric and electromagnetic devices such as motors, transformers, sensors, transmission lines, arc chambers and heat treatment processes.

The new software, Altair said, would expand the electromagnetic and thermal simulation capabilities of its HyperWorks computer aided engineering software system.

“Complementing the Altair HyperWorks simulation software suite with our solutions dedicated to electromagnetism, we are joining forces with a leader and now have access to new technologies and resources to help us offer more to users in this ever-accelerating world,” said Vincent Leconte, technical director of Cedrat. “By joining the Altair team, we will bring the electromagnetic expertise that has made our reputation over time, and allow us to meet new challenges and explore new, and so far inaccessible, horizons.”

The addition of Flux software for electromagnetic and thermal simulation enhances Altair’s electromagnetic simulation offering by addressing lower frequency simulation requirements. As more and more customers are using mechanical, thermal, fluid dynamics and electromagnetic simulations in their design process, it will provide complex solutions for finite element software applications used for electromagnetic and thermal physics simulations while creating an opportunity for new product development.

Cedrat follows Altair’s prior acquisitions of Feko high-frequency electromagnetics technology in 2014, and most recently WinProp wave propagation and radio network planning software.

“With the application of communication and controls to everything from personal devices, appliances, lighting, and buildings to connected and autonomous vehicles, the ability to simulate and optimize these systems for performance, usability and resource management is a key driver in their design,” said Altair founder, chairman and CEO James R. Scapa. “We will continue to invest in both our people and technology roadmap to deliver the most relevant simulation-driven design solutions to support IoT now and into the future.”

To register for a webinar on the new software, scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, visit

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