How Is FinFET Technology Changing the Meaning of Chip Sign-Off?

Physical Representation FinFET TechnologyModern high-tech products using chips that are designed with the latest deep sub-micron process technologies (28nm and below) and FinFET technology offer higher performance, smaller footprint and lower power. However, power integrity analysis and reliability challenges become increasingly complex for chip package designs using these devices.

More stringent manufacturing rules present basic layout challenges and new design innovations require careful consideration of effects such as electromigration (EM), electrostatic discharge (ESD) and noise coupling through substrate, signal and power rails. Even the most thorough sign-off process can often fail to prevent tape-out hurdles or extensive redesign. Therefore, forward-thinking design teams need to address reliability and power integrity long before final sign-off, accounting for their impact during the design process itself. Continue reading

ANSYS ICEM CFD Multizone

mz_submapper_aniHave you ever wanted to break up a model in multiple different zones and then mesh each with the best method possible? What if that could be done automatically?  And of course, all the zones should be mesh-conformal, and all the mesh should be high quality. That is what ANSYS multizone meshing is for. This post is to explain a bit more about how it works and I also included a rough little video about how to use it inside the ANSYS ICEM CFD meshing tool. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week include improved airport security, high-tech bats at the the home run derby and holograms from your phone. Have a great weekend!

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Data-Based Model-based System Engineering: Interface Control Documents Management with ANSYS SCADE System

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Pictures, or model-based designs, as engineers refer to them, provide a natural means of communication. With the newest release of ANSYS SCADE System 15.2, systems engineers can use models and interface control documents (ICDs), rather than text files and long lists of data, to create and manage their systems designs.

However, when precision and complexity come forth, “data dictionaries” enter the game. A dictionary is a way to manage information in an exhaustive way but without the model, it’s not easy to get an overview of your system. The issue you’re then faced with is the consistency between the model and the dictionaries — if inconsistent, the situation is worse than without the model. Continue reading

Meeting CAFE standards Through Improved Engine Simulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released new Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE standards for light duty cars and trucks. These standards are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy, leading to model year 2025 vehicles that will emit just one-half the greenhouse gasses that model year 2010 vehicles do.

To reach these ambitious goals, the new CAFE standards mandate that automakers raise the average fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. These are lofty and commendable goals. But for engine designers and automakers, are the new standards even feasible for real-world vehicles? The EPA believes they are, and has established a new program to prove it. Continue reading

Aerospace at the Cutting Edge: From Drones to 3D Printing

commerical aircraft using ansysThe aircraft industry is an exciting place to be today. The media is full of the potential for commercial drone applications. But in the here and now we have large commercial aircraft on the market made from over 50% composite materials. These aircraft represent decades of innovation and will make a significant and positive impact on lifecycle cost of operation and the environment. You may recall that we recently shared a case study from Terrafugia where they discussed the integration of composite materials into the airframe of a car-come-aircraft. Along similar lines, EADS Innovation Works have shared details of their experiences with ANSYS composite material design tools. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles features a few looks back, a few looks forward and a new approval from the FDA.

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How to Use Creo Parametric Parametrically with ANSYS Workbench

Creo WorkbenchMany of you are using CAD tools like Creo Parametric along with ANSYS Workbench, but some of you are not using them parametrically. Of that group, there are probably a few who just really enjoy irony (and probably typewriters and rotary dial phones). However, others have been asking about how to link these tools together, or how to define parameters in Creo, or how to build robust parametric models, or how to parameterize settings in Workbench, or how to create tables of design points. These things are not hard to do, so I put together a video to illustrate. Continue reading