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How Engineers Achieve Development Goals when Designing Electronic Components

How Engineers Achieve Development Goals when Designing Electronic Components

Many of the modern conveniences we enjoy are enabled by innovative, fast and precise electronic components. Engineers use simulation tools to meet their development goals when designing these electronics.

When engineers meet their development goals, we:

  • Get to work safely.
  • Stay connected with friends.
  • Shop at a push of a button.

ANSYS Advantage — Best of High Tech 2018 spotlights stories about simulations of electronic components. In these stories, you will learn how electronic simulations play a pivotal role in achieving the development goals of various industries.

Look below for a sneak preview of a few of these stories.

Keeping Qualcomm-powered Smartphones Cool

Thermal simulation of a smartphone

Ever worry when your smartphone heats up in your hand while you’re gaming or watching an HD video?

Don’t worry too much — it’s a normal occurrence for electronics to produce heat. However, too much heat does reduce your phone’s battery life.

Companies like Qualcomm have development goals to eliminate this heat and extend your battery life. But this is no easy feat.

The tight-fit chassis of a smartphone integrates billions of transistors, high-end cameras, antennas, modems and other devices. These devices require processing and electrical power. This generates a lot of heat.

To counter this heat, Qualcomm leans on ANSYS simulation software. Simulations help Qualcomm understand the device’s thermal profile, so it can develop a power management strategy. This strategy prevents overheating while maximizing the functionality of the smartphone.

For a deeper dive on how Qualcomm leverages ANSYS simulations, read “Cool Smartphones” in ANSYS Advantage – Best of High Tech 2018.

Boosting the Reliability of Power Steering Modules

A failed power steering module

Any driver would be unsettled when a dashboard’s power steering light flashes on.

This warning indicates that there’s a fault with your power steering system. As a result, your vehicle will soon be very hard to maneuver. This is an issue that has challenged the automotive industry for years.

Integrated Micro-Electronics Incorporated (IMI) is tackling this problem head-on. Its development goals ensure the reliability of automotive electronics, such as power steering modules.

When a new power steering module failed during testing, IMI engineers could have lost a significant amount of money — and time — trying to solve the problem with physical experiments. Instead, IMI turned to ANSYS Mechanical. The software helped IMI solve two key faults in its power steering module — solder remelting and module cracking. 

For a closer look at how IMI leveraged ANSYS Mechanical, read “Breaking Story on Automotive Power Module” in ANSYS Advantage — Best of High Tech 2018.

Enabling Connected Devices with 5G Antenna Technology

Currently, there are about 23 billion connected electronic devices running worldwide. Statista estimates that number will nearly double to 42 billion by 2022. As the number of connected devices rise, engineers are challenged to make the most of the communication bandwidths that remain.

Pivotal Commware’s holographic beamforming (HBF) 5G antennas use the remaining bandwidth more efficiently than existing antenna technologies.

HBF enables wireless service providers to send multiple signals at the same time on the same frequency. Pivotal Commware faced strict development goals to limit the cost, size, weight and power (C-SWaP) of the HBF device.

To meet these goals, Pivotal Commware leveraged ANSYS HFSS — obtained through the ANSYS Startup Program — to create antenna designs that meet its requirements.

To learn how Pivotal Commware did it, read “5G Antenna Technology for Smart Products” in ANSYS Advantage — Best of High Tech 2018.