Since the 1960s, Dr. Gordon Moore’s prediction that computing performance will double every 12 to 18 months has held true. More recently, the gains in computing performance have been enabled by a combination of hardware and software technologies, such as multi-core, multi-threaded designs. The conveniences of the modern world — ubiquitous communication through internet-enabled phones, electronic payments and digital streaming, to name a few, are partly due to continuous engineering innovations delivered through cheaper, faster, more-precise electronics. Continue reading
The Gartner Hype Cycle charts are a peek into the future. They graphically project where various technology trends are along a maturity timeline. The most recent Hype Cycle identifies several megatrends, including digital business technologies and new design and innovation approaches, such as IoT product design.
Every day we hear about a new internet-enabled product — or two, or three, or a dozen. Consumer products are increasingly more connected including appliances, automobiles and traditional electronics like smartphones and tablets. In the industrial world, factories, aircraft, distribution facilities, power plants and many other things are being monitored by sensors and communications networks to provide feedback on production, maintenance and efficiency. Importantly, these devices collect data that allow manufacturers to understand how products are used so that they can develop better things that more closely fit our needs. Engineers designing smart, connected products need to address competing and complex challenges, including size, weight, power, performance, reliability, durability. For example, engineers may need to design reliable sensors, high-speed communication and networking equipment, or supercomputers that process vast amounts of data. How can designers ensure that their products will work flawlessly in the real world? Continue reading
It isn’t too much of a stretch to say that Moore’s Law can be credited with many of our technological advances. Since the 1960s, Gordon Moore’s prediction that computing performance will double every 12 to 18 months has been accepted as gospel. And the proof is all around us. The conveniences of the modern world — ubiquitous communication through Internet enabled phones, electronic payments, and digital streaming, to name just a few examples — are all due to continuous engineering innovations delivered through cheaper, faster, more precise electronics. Continue reading
The electrification of our world continues at a rapid pace. Having established a strong footprint across the globe via communication technologies, the high tech industry is now forming alliances with automotive companies to make our cars smarter. You need look no further than the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, where the automobile industry stole the show with their demonstrations of autonomous vehicles, which are moving ever closer to market. Continue reading
Healthcare is often cited as one of the leading applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). Looking around the Web, it is clear that leading high tech companies like Qualcomm, Intel, Cisco, Juniper all have initiatives on healthcare. A notable example is Google, which has already created a prototype contact lens to help measure glucose levels in diabetic patients.
“Better patient outcome” is a goal that all of us can get behind!
But even the most successful high-tech companies are quickly discovering that designing medical devices is different than designing consumer electronics. Designing for the healthcare industry requires extra rigor, insight, and collaboration with healthcare industry experts. Continue reading
At last year’s ANSYS Electronics Simulation Expo conference in Japan, my colleague Sandeep Sovani was delivering a keynote when he took out his Samsung smartphone and purposely dropped it on the stage! He was confidently making a point about designing robust electronic products.
The fact that a minor impact didn’t damage his phone’s exterior or degrade the performance of electronics, as best as we can tell, provides testimony that today’s engineers are paying close attention to product reliability and robustness. Continue reading
Jim Cramer is the host of Mad Money. I watch his high-energy, entertaining, investment show regularly. “Booyah!”. Yesterday, I was surprised to see his wrist loaded with two watches. As he didn’t explain, I can only guess as to why he was sporting his Apple Watch along with an analog timepiece. Continue reading
Today marks the 5th anniversary of IoT Day. Communities around the world are hosting events that facilitate “conversations around technologies, security, data privacy and the enormous potential that an “Internet of Things” is capable of.” Why does it matter? Because the IoT connectivity boom is transforming how products are designed, delivered, serviced, and consumed. Continue reading
In the U.S., CES 2015 kicks off today. You can bet we’ll be watching the trends with a proud eye knowing ANSYS was used in the design of some of the most forward-thinking IoT products.
Hardly a day goes by when I don’t come across an updated industry forecast related to the Internet of Things opportunity. The latest forecast from Radiant Insights predicts that there will be over 100 billion Internet connected devices by 2020. This figure is 4 times higher than previous estimates by Cisco Systems. Continue reading