Unity v2019.1 Launched for 3D Development

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Apr 18, 2019 – Unity Technologies, creator of the world’s most widely used real-time 3D development platform, announced that Unity 2019.1 is now available to creators worldwide. Unity 2019.1 includes almost 300 new features and improvements, including powerful, production-ready versions of the Lightweight Render Pipeline, the Burst Compiler, and the Shader Graph, which are helping creators and teams of all sizes more easily build high-fidelity, high-performance experiences on the widest range of platforms available today. Unity 2019.1 is available to download from the Unity Store.

“Powered by production-ready versions of the Lightweight Render Pipeline, and the Burst Compiler from the Data-Oriented Tech Stack, Unity 2019.1 will help further expand our leadership in mobile, while also pushing the capabilities of our platform to provide even greater support for high-performance, high-fidelity creations.”

“With the release of Unity 2019.1, we are continuing to deliver on our promise of making Unity the most powerful and accessible real-time 3D development platform, regardless of team size or skill level,” said Brett Bibby, vice president of engineering, Unity Technologies. “Powered by production-ready versions of the Lightweight Render Pipeline, and the Burst Compiler from the Data-Oriented Tech Stack, Unity 2019.1 will help further expand our leadership in mobile, while also pushing the capabilities of our platform to provide even greater support for high-performance, high-fidelity creations.”

Unity currently powers more than 45% of the top 1000 mobile games. Innovators in the world of mobile continue to use Unity to engage audiences and entertain them on the widest range of platforms. Upcoming titles include Disney Sorcerer’s Arena (Glu Mobile), which uses the Lightweight Render Pipeline to capture a new and unique visual style of Disney and Pixar characters designed specifically for the game, and Call of Duty: Mobile (Activision and Tencent), a new free-to-play game built in Unity that brings together maps, modes, weapons, and characters from across the Call of Duty franchise.

The release of Unity 2019.1 expands capabilities in the world of mobile development and introduces new key features and improvements including:

  • Lightweight Render Pipeline (Release) – now production ready, a pre-built Scriptable Render Pipeline that is optimized for delivering high graphics performance. It’s scalable to mobile platforms, as well as high-end consoles and PCs.
  • Burst Compiler (Release) – the Data-Oriented Tech Stack unlocks high-performance, multithreaded capabilities on Unity that scale all the way from the high-end to the low-end platforms, empowering developers to achieve high-end performance faster. The Burst Compiler is a component which compiles Entity Component System C# Jobs to leverage comparable performance to hand-optimized custom solutions.
  • Shader Graph (Release) – artists now have the power to easily customize object surfaces without writing any code through a real-time drag-and-drop interface, encouraging experimentation and speeding up the iteration process.
  • Mobile Adaptive Performance (Preview) – building on Samsung’s GameSDK, Unity and Samsung have partnered to help developers optimize their mobile game experiences on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold, balancing hardware demands to provide a better user experience on mobile. More handsets will be added in the future.
  • Unity Physics (Preview) – Unity has partnered with Havok to build a world-class physics system on top of the Data-Oriented Tech Stack. The new physics system, Unity Physics, is available now, while Havok Physics will be available in June.
  • AR Foundation Framework (Preview) – will allow developers to build once and deploy across ARKit and ARCore. It also helps them overcome some of the common challenges of AR development, such as anchoring digital objects in the real world, the visual fidelity of those digital objects, and more, saving hours of time and resources.

Unity 2019 continues the biggest evolution in the history of Unity, and the latest innovations were on display at GDC 2019. Creators looking to get the most out of modern GPUs were shown The Heretic, the latest real-time cinematic from the Unity Demo Team. It utilizes the High Definition Render Pipeline, along with other off-the-shelf Unity technologies, to demonstrate what is possible today in Unity. Additionally, Unity announced that it is working closely with NVIDIA to offer production-focused early-access for real-time ray tracing in the High Definition Render Pipeline, with an optimized preview solution available for customers in the second half of 2019.

Unity exists to empower the success of the world’s creators with the most accessible and powerful real-time 3D development and monetization platform. Games and experiences made with Unity have reached more than 3 billion devices worldwide this year and were installed more than 29 billion times in the last 12 months.

See here for a full list of Unity 2019.1 updates.

About Unity Technologies

Unity is the creator of the world’s most widely used real-time 3D development platform that gives developers around the world the tools to create rich, interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences in various industries including games, film and entertainment, automotive, architecture, construction and engineering (AEC). Unity’s 1,000 person development team keeps the company at the bleeding-edge of technology by working alongside partners such as Google, Facebook, Magic Leap, Oculus and Microsoft. The platform’s renowned flexibility gives developers the power to target and optimize their creations for 25+ platforms. Games and experiences made with Unity have reached 3 billion devices worldwide and were installed more than 29 billion times in the last 12 months.

For more information, visit www.unity3d.com.

Trimble Q1 Results, Conf Call on May 1, 2PM PT

SUNNYVALE, CA, Apr 17, 2019 – Trimble will hold a conference call on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 2PM PT to review its first quarter 2019 results. The call will be broadcast live on the Web at http://investor.trimble.com. Investors without Internet access may dial into the call at 800-528-9198 (US) or 702-928-6633 (international). The passcode is 9089723.

About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics. For more information about Trimble, visit www.trimble.com.

Siemens Releases Simcenter Amesim v2019.1

PLANO, TX, Apr 18, 2019 – The latest release of Simcenter Amesim system simulation software helps accelerate digital twin creation through greater ease of use and democratized access to system simulation. By further extending Modelica support and integration with other Simcenter solutions, Simcenter Amesim helps users to set up a unique toolchain throughout the development cycle.

With the latest release, Siemens Digital Industries Software accelerates the Simcenter Amesim delivery model to provide access to new enhancements every 6 months, while maintaining focus on the technical excellence.

The latest updates to Simcenter Amesim help:

  • Address vehicle electrification, by importing Simcenter Motorsolve and Simcenter Battery Design Studio models;

  • Frontload aircraft systems performance engineering, thanks to upgraded CAD import capabilities for fuel systems and enhanced post-processing apps for gas turbines;
  • Tackle shipbuilding challenges, by taking advantage of validated components and ready-to-use model templates for marine applications;
  • Streamline controls engineering, using a new tool for PID controller calibration and real-time components for thermal and valvetrain systems;
  • Boost system simulation efficiency, thanks to a new Modelica compiler and 1-click conversion of hydraulic models into thermal-hydraulic ones.

Those are only a few of the major capabilities introduced to the latest version. For more information, please see what’s new in Simcenter Amesim 2019.1.

About Siemens AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide.

Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

EMA Partners with Berkeley SkyDeck


To Provide OrCAD PCB Design Software to Startups

ROCHESTER, NY, April 17, 2019 – EMA Design Automation , a full-service provider and innovator of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions, today announced a partnership with Berkeley SkyDeck. This partnership provides OrCAD software to SkyDeck startups for use in the design and development of printed circuit board (PCB) electronics within their innovative products. “OrCAD is ideal for companies just starting out because it is easy to learn, yet offers a professional level toolset used by leading electronics companies around the world,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “And because OrCAD is a highly scalable solution for PCB design, it will help set these startups up for sustained success as they evolve into the tech giants, we hope they become.”

Since EMA’s inception, they have been committed to helping provide future engineers and startups with the tools they need to be successful. EMA supports the student community by providing universities with the OrCAD software students require to not only complete course work and labs, but also prepare them for academic and career success. Using the OrCAD software provides engineering graduates with knowledge of state-of-the-art tools and techniques, giving them the foundation required to be successful in this competitive landscape.

As an accelerator program within UC Berkeley, Berkeley SkyDeck combines the consulting know-how of traditional accelerators with the vast resources of its research university, creating a powerful environment for startups. Berkeley SkyDeck hosts over 200 startups each year and works hand-in-hand to help with product strategy, team building, and customer introductions. “Skydeck’s mission is to help startup ventures bring new and innovative products to market,” said Bree Cahill, director of partnerships at Berkeley SkyDeck. “partnering with companies like EMA gives these startups access to the tools and expertise they need to make their ideas a reality.”

“Due to its popularity, OrCAD is a common teaching tool in universities so many of these startups will already be familiar with the toolset and capabilities,” added Marcano. “This partnership with SkyDeck will extend that into the product development phase, providing access to professional-level design tools for these startups.”

For more information about EMA, go to www.ema-eda.com or call 585.334.6001.

About EMA Design Automation, Inc.

EMA Design Automation is a trailblazer in product development solutions offering a complete range of EDA tools, PLM integrations, services, training, and technical support. EMA is a Cadence Channel Partner serving all of North America. EMA develops Ultra Librarian, TimingDesigner, CircuitSpace, CIP, EDABuilder, and a host of custom solutions to enhance the OrCAD products, and all are distributed through a worldwide network of value added resellers. EMA is a privately held corporation headquartered in Rochester, New York. Visit EMA at www.ema-eda.com for more information.