Electronic System Design For Developing Smart, Connected Products

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Latest simulation software update release includes faster speeds, improved accuracy and unmatched user experience

With the release of Altair’s 2021 simulation software update, users can now expect to experience new and enhanced features. 

The electronic system design toolset enables engineers developing smart, connected devices to collaborate on all aspects of physical, logical, thermal, electrical and mechanical design. This accelerates a variety of applications, from more efficient printed circuit board (PCB) design review, verification, analysis and manufacture to the design of motors, sensors and actuators with simulation. 

Notable updates include:

  • Improved simulation and optimisation of wireless connectivity, including 5G and electromagnetic compatibility.
  • Visual firmware development supports widely used microcontroller families.
  • More capabilities for PCB fabrication, assembly and end-of-line testing. 
  • Expanded workflows simplify and automate analysis of structural stress, vibration, thermal and drop-test performance for non-experts.

Improved performance on graphics processing unit (GPU) and central processing unit (CPU) hardware on desktops, private, public and hybrid-cloud environments solve complex problems. This faster, more accurate simulation of real-world product performance is addressed through updates such as:

  • Expanded modelling and visualisation user experience including workflows that support the entire topology modelling and meshing process, cutting task time from hours to minutes. Modelling fidelity in complex models is improved with more sophisticated and realistic representations of connectors.
  • Advanced physics models that require the co-simulation of fluids and discrete elements, such as simulating particles in an airflow.
  • Aeroelastic effects of aircraft wings can be analysed to solve flutter and other potential design issues. 
  • Altair’s SimSolid game-changing simulation technology for designers, engineers and analysts is 10x faster than its original release.
  • All simulation products are supported by the new Altair Material Data Center, which includes the largest number of plastic materials and properties available on the market. 

Simulation-driven design for manufacturing (SDfM) has made manufacturing simulation for concept design fast, accurate and intuitive. The expanding functionality of Altair’s SDfM offering now spans casting, stamping, moulding, extrusion, additive and foaming. Additionally, Altair simulation solutions are increasingly used in process manufacturing during research, development and process improvement in industries that produce bulk quantities of goods, including pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics and chemicals.

  • Inspire Mold is optimal for injection moulding simulation in the early stages of product design.
  • Inspire PolyFoam simulates the moulding of foam components and rigid foam panels with polyurethane foams used in a wide range of industrial and household applications. 

“In addition to accelerated simulation of real-world product performance and expanded simulation-driven design for manufacturing functionality, this release brings a robust end-to-end electronic system design toolset,” said James Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. 

These updates help customers across a broad range of industries – from automotive and aerospace to energy, healthcare, and high tech – solve complex problems as they advance the development of their smart, connected products by leveraging 5G, electromagnetics and the Internet of Things.

All products are now available through Altair units. Additionally, the Altair Community contains a robust library of all the new features, workflows and enhancements included in the release. 


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