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Maplesoft Introduces Blockbuilder™ for Simulink®

"First Principles" Physical Modeling and Simulink Block-Generation Tool Enhances and Extends Simulink Models

WATERLOO, Ontario—March 15, 2006— Maplesoft™, the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science and mathematics, announces BlockBuilder™ for Simulink®, a mathematical modeling environment that offers automated export to Simulink. Using BlockBuilder enables engineers to save time and dramatically reduce the risk of error in the model-based design of dynamic systems.

"Rapid physical modeling is a key part of the design of dynamic systems," said Jim Cooper, CEO of Maplesoft. "Many engineers have asked us for the ability to enhance and extend their Simulink models with Maple, the world’s most powerful mathematical modeling system. BlockBuilder answers that need, particularly for control applications, by enabling users to mathematically develop models and then implement them directly in Simulink as a subsystem block."

Featuring the full power of Maple, BlockBuilder enables engineers to develop ideas from initial concepts to high-fidelity physical models and automatically generate Simulink S-Function blocks. BlockBuilder also allows users to fully encapsulate their analysis, manipulations, transformation, code generation, verification and documentation in a flexible mathematical environment. The result is unmatched power, flexibility and visibility into the design cycle.

BlockBuilder’s interactive technical document environment allows users to facilitate the development of systems using a "First Principles" approach that can not be easily achieved in any other environment. The powerful, free-form and easy-to-use working environment provides components such as text, plots and images that incorporate the math into a fully documented, readable and interactive application. This enables users to capture the thinking behind their analysis and to easily share and reuse their knowledge.

Using the S-Function generation capability, engineers can export dynamic system models and analytical algorithms from the BlockBuilder model development environment to Simulink as a fully encapsulated block that can be readily incorporated into a Simulink model diagram. This is particularly useful for real-time execution in hardware-in-the-loop applications. Other key features of the S-Function generation in BlockBuilder include:

  • Supports Transfer Function, Differential/Difference Equations, State Space, Zero/Pole/Gain models;
  • Enables creation of multi-input/multi-output blocks;
  • Supports procedures for exporting nonlinear models and other algorithms;
  • Creates MATLAB code S-Functions for interpreted use in the Simulink environment; and
  • Creates ANSI C code S-Functions for fast execution and real-time implementation through Real-Time Workshop®.

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Single user licenses of BlockBuilder for Simulink are available for a special introductory price of US $2995. Volume and academic discounts apply. BlockBuilder for Simulink will be available directly from the Maplesoft Web Store at at the end of March 2006, or via Maplesoft Sales at 1-800-267-6583. Outside of the US & Canada, the product will be available from Maplesoft reseller partners. A list of partners is available online at

About Maplesoft
Maplesoft is a leading developer and provider of interactive mathematical software. Its suite of products includes Maple, the most powerful and intuitive tool for solving complex mathematical problems and creating rich, executable technical documents; MapleNet, a Web-based platform for sharing Maple content for collaboration and e-learning; and Maple T.A., a Web-based system for creating tests, assignments and exercises, automatically assessing student responses and performance. Its standards-compliant algorithms are renowned for their speed, accuracy and reliability. In addition, Maplesoft leads the market with innovations that make the management of technical knowledge – whether in industry or in a classroom – more effective and efficient. Over two million users at thousands of organizations benefit from advanced Maple technology. The Maplesoft commercial customer base includes Boeing, Bosch, Canon and NASA. Additionally, virtually every major university and research institute in the world, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford and Waterloo, has adopted Maplesoft products to enhance their education and research activities. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Iorgulescu
519.747.2373 x.289
David Resnic or Kate Hunter
Schwartz Communications