Altair Buys Powersim

Technology and experienced technical team will amplify Altair’s power electronics solutions, company reports.

Technology and experienced technical team will amplify Altair’s power electronics solutions, company reports.

Altair has acquired Powersim, a provider of simulation and design tools for power electronics, including power supplies, motor drives, control systems, and microgrids. This acquisition expands Altair’s electronic system design technology into power electronics.


“Powersim has established a powerful solution that has proven to reduce development costs and time-to-market for thousands of customers around the globe including major companies in the automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, and industrial applications sectors,” says James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “The addition of Powersim’s technologies and experienced technical team, who has deep domain knowledge in power electronics, rounds out Altair’s offerings for electric motor design and many other applications.” 


This acquisition includes PSIM, Powersim’s flagship product for design and simulation of power electronics and motor drives. PSIM delivers simulation speed while producing accurate system-level results, empowers easy implementation including embedded code generation and adoption in any environment, and provides system-level design and simulation for various industrial applications, the companies report.

“Joining Altair will allow us to further expand use of our technologies to more organizations looking to accelerate their electronic design,” says Dr. Hua Jin, president and founder, Powersim.

Powersim’s software will be integrated into Altair’s Electronic System Design suite with connections to: 

  • Altair Flux and Altair FluxMotor for motor and controller design, leveraging Altair Activate and PollEx Spice for device, circuit, and system level simulations, 
  • Altair Embed for embedded code generation, and 
  • Altair SimLab for combined cooling/thermal analysis. 

It will be available via Altair Units, which gives access to Altair’s portfolio of software solutions.  

Powersim is based in Rockville, MD.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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