Cadence Design Systems Inc., MatrixOne Inc., and IBM are joining forces to deliver product lifecycle management (PLM) products and services to electronics companies. The goal: Synchronize activities in software, electronics, and mechanical design to improve new product introductions and product-development processes, better manage outsourcing, and lower manufacturing costs. The three companies are working with customers and vendors to develop new standards to improve integration and interoperability.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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