SDRC has released version 6 of the I-DEAS Master Series. It extends VGX technology from parts to assemblies, and provides other enhancements for CAD, CAM, and CAE applications. Engineering analysis, or CAE, was one of the original niches for SDRC. The CAE capabilities include new section meshing tools that, SDRC says, enable users to easily analyze complex geometry from I-DEAS and other CAD systems without having to remove or suppress detailed product features. Users can make design changes, which automatically update the analysis. The software also allows engineers to add manufacturing annotations to the master model. Dimensions, annotations, and URLs are supported in VRML. SDRC Inc.: Product Code 4262
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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