Thursday, July 27, 2006

Mathworks links for revenue

Mathworks has announced a couple of new links between Matlab/Simulink and third party software. One to TIs Code Composer Studio, an IDE for DSP design and another to ModelSim, the circuit design software.

Once a link was considered just a new feature rather than a whole product. I haven't studied the two links to know if they are extensive implementations, or basic. Either way, they are just plumbing. But at $1000 and $2000 respectively, it seems that Mathworks sees plumbing as big business.

That doesn't really happen much in hardware now, the cable costing as much as the equipment it plugs into. But hardware doesn't have so many proprietary interfaces, and internal secrets, meaning that anyone who cares to can make cables.

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