Special Coverage


How to Avoid PCB Re-spins when IC’s Change or are Obsoleted

Working with printed circuit boards (PCBs) for sophisticated military, aerospace, or medical systems can be a frustrating – and expensive – exercise, particularly when the customer requests “a simple upgrade” or modification after the boards have been made or after deployment. Thanks to Murphy’s Law, these “simple upgrades” are never as simple as they should be. Aries has developed a unique solution that can save you from having to re-spin your PCB due to IC obsolescence or package change.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Electronics


Newly Discovered Property Could Help Keep Computer Chips Cool

The heat that builds up in the shuttling of current in electronics is an important obstacle to packing more computing power into ever-smaller devices; excess heat can cause them to fail or sap their efficiency. Now, X-ray studies at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have for the first time observed an exotic property that could warp the electronic structure of a material in a way that reduces heat buildup and improves performance in ever-smaller computer components.

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3D Projection Improves Robot-to-Human Communication

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a way for robots to project their next action into the 3D world and onto any moving object, such as car parts on an assembly line. The achievement will help to improve human and robot safety in manufacturing scenarios.

Posted in: News, Machinery & Automation, Robotics


Why You Should Use Multiphysics Simulation

Multiphysics simulation has experienced a dramatic evolution to support the unique and increasingly rigorous demands of today’s engineering industry. COMSOL Multiphysics® provides the tools needed for every engineer, not just simulation experts, to use multiphysics simulation as a means to better understand and optimize their designs while meeting time-to-market goals.

Posted in: Tech Talks, Simulation Software


Parallel Prototyping and the Engineer’s Dilemma

R&D Engineers face rapidly shrinking development cycles and rising competitive pressures. In the high-stakes practice of regulatory compliance, balancing development costs with speed, safety and performance are critical to a product’s success. This paper demonstrates how the parallel prototyping of two materials in a heating component contributes to the return on investment of a new product launch in the medical device industry. The study addresses the verification, validation, form and fit testing relative to the FDA approval process, as well as its execution within component design, product design and pilot production.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers


Smart Building Responds to all Climate Conditions

A grid of sensors embedded into an innovative building insulation activates specific façade components to optimize energy savings while improving aesthetics. This high-tech kind of retrofitting approach uses several types of modules that allow real-time monitoring. The multifunctional modular façade system is able to adapt to a variety of climatic conditions.

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Vibration Table Promises Different Ways of Testing

Vibration machines are crucial to test the forces that make things fall apart in the bumpy real world, from small components to complete systems like airplanes or nuclear weapons. Large, high-frequency vibration machines that shake things in several directions simultaneously are relatively new. Sandia National Laboratories has developed a large, high-frequency, 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) vibration machine to qualify weapons components and revolutionize the way it does mechanical testing.

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