Shaping the Future of Electronics: Advancing the Design of Electronic Systems

Electronics Design Webinar Series

Electronics are a part of our lives – both professionally and personally – with the latest gadgets delivering an immediate gateway to the world. Innovation, time to market and lower cost are the keys to electronics success, and the pressures to quickly deliver innovative products at lower cost is intense.

Join us to explore ways to improve product development reliability and accuracy. Along the way, we will unlock the power of the Altair Partner Alliance, showcasing how its innovative solutions can help organizations navigate the unique challenges of this ever-evolving landscape.


A Workflow for Fatigue Analysis of Solder Joints in PCB Under Vibrational Loading

The trend towards the electrification of vehicle drives requires the development of electronic components that can withstand multiple types of loads, e.g., static, dynamic, and thermal-mechanical loads. One great challenge here is the reliability assessment of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) by finite-element analyses (FEAs), because the PCBA geometry is usually really complex and the resulting computational effort in the FEAs is therefore huge. The geometrical complexity is caused by the details of a PCB layout, which is defined by multiple layers of copper traces and hundreds or even thousands of vias, and the vast number of surface mounted devices and solder joints. The computational effort is a result of the geometrical complexity, i.e., leading to detailed finite element models of solder joints, copper traces and vias.

In this talk we present our state-of-the-art simulation processes for the structural reliability analysis of PCBAs and we show how these processes benefit from FEA process automation. The highlights of the FEA process automations are the automatic generation of detailed solder joint FE-models, the automatic generation of detailed FE-models of PCBs based on ECAD-data, and sub-modeling, sub-structuring, and material-homogenization techniques for the reduction of the computational effort in the FEAs.

Featuring FEMFAT by Magna Powertrain, available through the Altair Partner Alliance.


Accelerate Your Model-Based Workflows Throughout the Manufacturing Process

A seamless model-based workflow throughout the manufacturing process is essential for the companies in electronic industry to achieve short lead times and remain competitive under a short product life cycle. However, non-innovative work is required due to the typical bottlenecks like poor product data quality and/or manual work often blocks/breaks the process and workflow. Learn how our technology accelerates your model-based process with example use cases.

CADdoctor by Elysium Co. Ltd., available through the Altair Partner Alliance.


Improve Your Electronics Design and Analysis Workflow Using Maplesoft’s Engineering Software Tools

Assessing the fit and validity of the electrical engineering design for an electronics project can take a great deal of effort. Engineers are seeking ways to generate analysis results faster and adopt a single cohesive design approach.

In this session we discuss solutions to help improve your team’s design workflow using advanced technology to simplify and automate product development tasks. We touch on automotive and manufacturing analytical examples, such as Worst Case Circuit Analysis (WCCA), electronics design validation, and requirements compliance.

As an Altair technology partner, Maplesoft offers electrical engineering teams fast and efficient solutions that can simulate multidomain dependencies, streamline calculations and analysis, and make it quicker

to gather critical project requirements. Discover the powerful and flexible tools of Maple, Maple Flow, and MapleSim, and see how the solutions offered in the Altair APA portal allows you to try out new approaches in an easy and cost-effective manner.

Featuring Maplesoft software, available through the Altair Partner Alliance.


Determining Unknown Simulation Parameters using RAMDO Calibration for Simulation Model Validation

This will present two different industry case studies showing how RAMDO Calibration was used to identify unknown simulation parameters to improve simulation results. One case study will show how experimental test data of a mechanical spring was used with RAMDO Calibration in order to determine a simulation parameter value that improves the prediction of the spring stiffness. Using the calibrated parameter value resulted in prediction errors being less than 1%. The second case study will show how experimental test data was used to determine the internal plate thickness of a cell in a vehicle battery when the battery is fully charged. The initial plate thickness before charging was known and RAMDO Calibration was used to determine the plate thickness when the battery is full charged.

Featuring RAMDO by RAMDO Solutions, available through the Altair Partner Alliance.


Resonant Converter Control Loop Design for Telecommunication

Addressing the complexity of designing control systems for resonant converters applied in power supplies for amplifying TV and radio signals, this session proposes a streamlined solution. Utilizing a simulation tool like PSIM, the frequency response is obtained, then seamlessly imported into SmartCtrl for efficient and comprehensive control design. SmartCtrl automatically generates all possible stable solutions. The results encompass system performance metrics, including frequency and transient responses, along with detailed information on the compensator, power stage, and steady-state waveforms. Easily exportable for simulation in PSIM, this approach simplifies the intricate tasks of resonant converter control design in telecommunications applications.


Featuring SmartCtrl by Power Smart Control, available through the Altair Partner Alliance.