MSC.Software, wants its website to be more user friendly to engineers. The developer of NASTRAN and other analysis/engineering software says it's putting its money where its mouth is with a major website upgrade that's part of a half million dollar rebranding strategy. To figure out what changes would make its site easier for engineers to navigate, MSC conducted research and pored through customer feedback. "I had this massive stack of email messages—we actually kept all the complaints!" says Carlson Choi, Director of Strategic Marketing who spearheaded the website redesign effort. Major findings: Engineers wanted fewer clicks, a search function, and the ability to customize their own page. Full implementation of the launch is expected by the year's end. Choi says that MSC will follow-up the launch with hands-on beta testing with engineers.
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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