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Driving Toward A Sustainable Future


While the automotive industry has been focused on developing innovative electric vehicle (EV) designs for years, there is a new sense of urgency today. Worldwide sales of EVs are increasing quickly1, growing by 46% in 2020 and by 160% in the first half of 2021. Consumer demand is an important factor, but equally important are government mandates. In 2021, the European Union introduced strict... » read more

The Foundations Of Computational Electromagnetics


Maxwell’s Equations can be expressed in multiple variants – there are integral and differential versions in both frequency and time domains, along with quasi-static and full-wave forms. Their elegance is evident upon sight yet for only the simplest systems are there known solutions. Thus, without assumptions to simplify the math and/or system under study, it is frequently impossible to full... » read more

Mitigating Electronics Reliability Concerns During The Global Parts Shortage Crisis


The global parts shortage crisis has led to major disruptions to OEMs in the automotive, consumer electronics, and healthcare industries. To maintain production, many companies have been forced to rely on brokers to source the required parts, generating uncertainty in the quality of parts received. Additionally, some companies have had no choice but to replace previously used components with al... » read more

Behold The Dawning Of The Era Of Bespoke Silicon


The great chip shortage of 2021, which accounted for billions of dollars in revenue loss, hit the auto industry especially hard. What caused the shortage is clear: auto companies miscalculated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While automakers were canceling their chip orders, strong electronics sales continued, leaving automakers at the back of the line for chips when demand for cars reboun... » read more

SuperGrid Institute Responds to Energy and Climate Demands


Researchers and developers at SuperGrid Institute use Ansys electronics software solutions to perform studies on power converters, critical links in the chain between electric generators and consumers, for their clients. Fig. 1: Medium-voltage DC grid power supply topology. As an independent research and innovation institute based in France, SuperGrid Institute is dedicated to developin... » read more

Choose The Right Sensors For Autonomous Vehicles


When the world’s first “motorwagen” was introduced in 1885, the notion that a car would one day drive itself was laughable. Today, assisted and autonomous vehicles are the reality of an age where digital sensors can outperform human ability to perceive motion, distance, and speed. When used together, sensor technologies including camera, lidar, radar, and ultrasonic give vehicles one... » read more

The Sky’s The Limit For Electric Airplanes


Together, Rolls-Royce and Electroflight are ushering in the third age of aviation, with an all-electric aircraft capable of speeds exceeding 300 mph. A primary challenge is optimizing the 1,047-pound (475 kg) battery pack for structural strength, thermal management, and other critical performance criteria. As the team raced to introduce the world’s fastest zero-emissions aircraft, multiphysic... » read more

How To Identify Common Electronic Failures


Failure analysis is the process of identifying, and typically attempting to mitigate, the root cause of a failure. In the electronics industry, failure analysis involves isolating the failure to a location on a printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) before collecting more detailed data to investigate which component or board location is functioning improperly. A member of the Ansys Reliabil... » read more

The Impact Of Multiphysics On Production Electronic Design


For many electronic design professionals, it has become clear that the industry is transitioning through an inflection point that is shifting some of the ground rules of design. The increase in the speed and integration density in today’s systems are blurring the lines between chip design and traditional board or system design. This finds its fullest expression in multi-die, 3D integrated ... » read more

PCB Design Rules For Wiring And Crosstalk


Today’s electronic devices market demands miniaturized printed circuit boards (PCBs) with a multitude of high-speed functions integrated on a single board. This causes the designers to have traces routed very close to each other to optimize packaging and space. This proximity may cause unintentional coupling of electromagnetic fields, a phenomenon which we know by the name of crosstalk (see f... » read more

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