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Computervision, Inc. (CV) was an early pioneer in turnkey Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Computervision was founded in 1969 by Marty Allen and Phillippe Villers . Its first product, CADDS-1, was aimed at the printed circuit layout and 2-D drafting markets. Integrated circuit layout was added with the CADDS-2 product and 3-D design was added in the mid 1970s with the CADDS 3 product.
Computervision's early products were built on a Data General Nova platform. Starting around 1975, Computervision built its own, Nova-compatible, computers using its own operating system. In the 1980s, Computervision transitioned to Unix.
Computervision merged with Prime Computer in 1988 and acquired GE Calma in 1989. Computervision was acquired by Parametric Technology Corporation in 1998 which (as of 2004) still supports the CADDS-5i product for existing users.
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