Maplesoft's latest version of its analysis and calculation software offers a range of new tools built on Maplesoft's technology platform of smart documents, powerful mathematics and seamless connectivity to engineering design tools. One of the standout features in the upgrade is direct connectivity between Maple 12 and popular CAD systems, including SolidWorks and Autodesk Inc.'s Inventor, allowing users to deploy mathematical capabilities to extend the range of analysis on CAD models. The upgrade also has tools that allow design engineers to tag designs electronically with rich technical documentation and calculations, better integrating design calculations into the overall engineering workflow. Other features include a new collection of Dynamic Systems modeling tools essential for dynamic modeling, as well as control design and signal processing capabilities, enabling engineers to develop these sophisticated math models faster and more accurately.
National Semiconductor is promising to free up engineers from weeks of tedious bench and research work when designing with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with its new LED WEBENCH® design environment that can compare and pair up LED solutions in minutes. LED WEBENCH® helps engineers select from and design with more than 200 high-brightness LEDs, comparing products from leaders like Avago Technologies, Cree, Lite-On, OSRAM and others across multiple parameters such as light output, color, footprint and viewing angle. With a single keystroke, LED WEBENCH® matches an LED with an LED driver and creates an optimized power supply circuit. The engineer can set up their size and efficiency requirements and simulate the circuit behavior under dynamic conditions. After fine-tuning the system, the software's “BuildIt!” feature provides a complete bill of materials for the LED circuit and the ability to quickly ship a custom prototype kit.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.