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MapleSim™ 4.5 offers Modelica® import capabilities and an enhanced simulation engine

Models with discrete events can run over 100 times faster in MapleSim 4.5

Waterloo, Canada; 28 October 2010: Maplesoft™ today announced the release of MapleSim™ 4.5, the latest version of the high-performance physical modeling and simulation tool.  Based on advanced symbolic computation technology, MapleSim is an advanced engineering software tool for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation, including real-time and hardware-in-the-loop applications. Unlike traditional, numeric-based modeling tools, the unique symbolic approach of MapleSim exposes and provides access to the model equations.

The latest release includes enhanced support for Modelica®, an open standard for describing physical models and components that forms the basis of many components in MapleSim. With MapleSim 4.5, engineers can now access new collections of components using the Modelica import feature, seamlessly including third-party Modelica libraries and their own custom Modelica components in their MapleSim models.  Libraries, components, and models based on the electrical, 1-D mechanical, signals, and thermal heat flow domains from the Modelica 3.1 Standard Library can be easily imported into MapleSim and included with standard MapleSim components and models. Other enhancements include the ability to convert older MapleSim models to use Modelica 3.1, the latest version of the Modelica Standard Library, so that these models can take advantage of the latest improvements.

MapleSim 4.5 includes an improved simulation engine that can readily simulate continuous models with discrete events.  The enhanced engine handles a much larger class of these systems than earlier versions, and shows significant performance improvements for existing hybrid discrete/continuous models. With the improved engine, MapleSim can now handle models that include hundreds of events. Models with discrete events will often run 10 times faster than in MapleSim 4, with some models running over 100 times faster. The improved simulation engine also results in reduced formulation times for large continuous models, shortening the time the engine requires to prepare the model for simulation.

“With the expanded support for Modelica in MapleSim 4.5, and its increased capacity for modeling continuous systems with discrete events, engineers and researchers can apply MapleSim’s time-saving techniques to even more of their design problems, while educators can introduce students to an even wider variety of realistic examples,” says Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Maplesoft.  “MapleSim helps engineers deal effectively with the increasingly complex designs found in advanced engineering projects, and helps students prepare to meet these challenges.”

Pricing and Availability

Single-user professional licenses of MapleSim 4.5 are available for US $4,595. Price listed is for installation and use in the US. Volume, upgrade, and academic discounts apply. MapleSim 4.5 is being offered as a free update to all MapleSim 4 customers.  MapleSim is available directly from the Maplesoft Web Store or by contacting Maplesoft Sales at 1-800-267-6583. For a list of resellers and local representatives outside the US and Canada, visit the Maplesoft contact page available at

About Maplesoft
Maplesoft™ is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technologies include the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modeling techniques. Combined together, these technologies enable the creation of cutting-edge tools for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation.

Maplesoft’s products help to reduce errors, shorten design times, lower costs, and improve results. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple™, a technical computing and documentation environment, and MapleSim™, a high-performance, physical modeling and simulation tool.

Engineers, scientists, and mathematicians use Maplesoft products to enable them to work better, faster, and smarter. Maplesoft’s customers include Ford, BMW, Bosch, Boeing, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Canon, Motorola, Microsoft Research, Bloomberg, and DreamWorks, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, energy, financial services, consumer products, and entertainment. With Toyota, Maplesoft founded the Plant Modeling Consortium to promote the development of new design techniques for automotive and related industries.

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