MONTREAL, Quebec, 2 Sept. 2009. Presagis officials announced this week that the company acquired long-standing partner Seaweed Systems Inc. Seaweed, based in Burlington, Mass., a provider of embedded avionics graphics solutions for the military and aerospace market.
Presagis officials in Montreal say the combined solution of both VAPS XT and the SeaWind line of OpenGL graphic drivers will deliver major time and cost savings to avionics developers especially when porting and optimizing for specific hardware platforms.
"This acquisition continues the Presagis vision of delivering an unmatched portfolio of highly integrated COTS products and services to the market. With this in mind, Seaweed is a natural fit with our organization," says Patrice Commune, president of Presagis. "Together, we offer more than 30 years of safety-critical embedded graphics experience and a shared dedication to customer satisfaction and product excellence. We look forward to welcoming the Seaweed team into the global Presagis family and leveraging our combined strengths for future success."
As a result of the acquisition, VAPS XT software and Seaweed graphics drivers will now be jointly developed, tested, and optimized to provide the best possible performance across a wide variety of embedded target platforms. End users will also benefit from the fact that their HMI and driver development teams will be highly integrated - maximizing their efficiency and speeding delivery of robust embedded applications to market, Presagis officials say. This combination of teams helps minimize customers' certification and system integration risk in comparison to working with two separate suppliers.
"Customers are demanding complete solutions for developing and deploying embedded systems," says Robert Schulman, president of Seaweed Systems. "Our combined expertise enables us to provide our mutual customers with the most advanced technology on the market today – a combined solution that will drive down the risks and costs associated with the development of reliable, certifiable embedded systems."
The acquisition of Seaweed provides Presagis with broader reach into the embedded market through delivery of a more complete offering that will include software, drivers, specialized graphic chips, and consulting services.
Presagis is a provider of human machine interface (HMI) solutions for the embedded market. Its HMI modeling software, VAPS XT, offers developers a RTCA DO-178B certifiable tool that enables them to efficiently design, prototype, and embed applications on a wide variety of embedded targets.