Continuing from my post yesterday about the new frontier of embedded software.
Nowadays it is not enough to just fly the plane, pilots have to manage tons of information while flying and they are connected with other units on the battlefield through a network that allows real time co-ordination.
F-104 Starfighter Cockpit
Lockheed Martin F22A Raptor Cockpit
Have you seen the cockpit of a new generation aircraft? Google the F-22 or the F-35 and compare them with the one from an F-104; you will not recognize a single piece of equipment. Head to YouTube and enjoy a video showing the maneuverability of one of these modern airplanes. Amazing!
Today simulation is widely used, aerodynamics is now explored in detail so engineers can master all the phenomena that affect the flight even in extreme conditions, and new configurations allow these aircraft to challenge physics laws… and win!! I’ve seen a Eurofighter Typhoon during a test flight operate at 80 knots and at no more than 100 feet from the runway — almost still in the air — flying with an angle of attack of 60 degrees. This could have been considered science fiction by an F-104 pilot. I’m amazed by the maneuverability of the F-22 or what an SU37 can do. I’m always impressed and fascinated with how aircraft designers created these masterpieces of engineering. Continue reading
A few months ago at the ANSYS Worldwide Sales Conference, I had the opportunity to view the many advancements and get briefed on other news concerning our simulation platform. As part of this learning experience, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting our newest colleagues from Esterel Technologies and finding out how embedded software is becoming key in the development of a new generation of products. From aerospace to automotive and transportation, from medical devices to energy generation plants, it is an important piece of the Simulation-Driven Product Development vision. In a 2-part blog, I’ll explain what this means to me.
Lockheed F-104C Starfighter
As I’ve mentioned before I’m quite fond of aircraft, so I’ll illustrate this point by talking about some very famous military planes, starting with the glorious Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. This incredible aircraft was designed in the early 1950′s by a myth among engineers — Kelly Johnson. His goal was to create a light, easy-to-maintain, simple and cost-effective airplane that would climb as fast as possible to operating height and engage in hostile contact with radar-guided missiles. Continue reading
Today is another very exciting day for ANSYS – we have completed our acquisition of Esterel Technologies, a leading provider of solutions that simulate the behavior of embedded software code. Our joint solution will enable customers to gain greater insight into the behavior of the embedded software as it interacts with the overall product – including electrical, mechanical and fluidic subsystems. This combination will accelerate development and delivery of innovative products — smart products — to the marketplace.
How do smart products get smart? Some of it comes from the design; a lot of it comes from intelligence that’s functionally built in — largely captured in the software that helps control and work with the microprocessors and all the electronics inside it. Continue reading
Several years ago, ANSYS laid out a vision for what we called Simulation Driven Product Development. Simply put, Simulation Driven Product Development is a discipline for accurately predicting – not approximating – how products will operate in the real world.
Earlier today, ANSYS advanced that vision with the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Esterel Technologies, a leading provider of embedded software for mission-critical applications. Esterel provides software and systems engineers a solution to accurately model and simulate the behavior of the embedded software code to gain insight earlier in the design process and trace it to its requirements.