2017 FloTHERM Award Winners

Mentor has announced its winners for the inaugural annual FloTHERM ΔTJ Award for Excellence in Electronics Thermal Design. For over 30 years, the FloTHERM solution has been the de facto computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution for electronics cooling. The FloTHERM product provides tight connectivity with electronic design automation (EDA) and mechanical design automation (MDA) development process flows, and is used to predict airflow, temperature, and heat transfer in components, boards and complete systems.

FloTHERM ΔTJ Award winners were required to demonstrate an application using the FloTHERM technology (including FloTHERM XT, FloTHERM PCB or FloTHERM IC) to successfully address a design problem. This included a return on investment (ROI) improvement due to quantifiable use of CFD technology.

First Place Winners of the 2017 Mentor FloTHERM ΔTJ Award: Gong Yue Tang, Yong Han, Boon Long Lau, Xiaowu Zhang, and Daniel Min Woo Rhee,

First Place Winners of the 2017 Mentor FloTHERM ΔTJ Award: Gong Yue Tang, Yong Han, Boon Long Lau, Xiaowu Zhang, and Daniel Min Woo Rhee,

The first place award winner is the team from the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), Agency of Science, Technology and Research in Singapore. The team comprising Gong Yue Tang, Yong Han, Boon Long Lau, Xiaowu Zhang, and Daniel Min Woo Rhee, received a trophy for their paper, Development of a Compact and Efficient Liquid Cooling System with Silicon Micro-cooler for High-Power Microelectronic Devices. The team also received a $1,000 Amazon gift card, which they have donated to the Singapore Children’s Society.

“Microchannel based liquid cooling and thermal management technology has been used to develop the compact and efficient cooling system for high power electronics systems,” stated Gong Yue Tang. “Through the thermal modelling and simulations, FloTHERM has been demonstrated as a fast and cost-effective thermal design tool to evaluate and optimize the thermal performance of the liquid cooling system proposed in this study.”

Two runners-up were also selected. Hugo Ljunggren Falk, KTH School of Industrial Engineering and Management in Sweden received a $500 Amazon.de gift card for his paper, Thermal Management in an IR-Camera. And Gabriel Ciobanu from Continental Corporation in Romania also received the same for his paper, co-written with Boris Marovic from Mentor, entitled The Fundamentals of Improving PCB Thermal Design.

For more information on the FloTHERM 2017 award winners, visit the website: www.mentor.com/products/mechanical/awards-publications/flotherm-award.

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New Version of Altium Designer Previewed

Altium has completed an exclusive preview tour of its Altium Designer 18 at a series of upcoming global PCB design conferences. Altium Designer continues its focus on delivering new, easy-to-use and productivity enhancing PCB design tools as part of a single, unified application. Leveraging feedback and suggestions from the design community, Altium Designer 18 features capability updates and performance optimizations to significantly enhance user experience and productivity. In addition to the easy-to-use, modernized user interface, Altium Designer 18 will also feature a much anticipated upgrade to 64-bit architecture and multi-threading for greater stability, speed, and functionality. These updates will allow designers to increase their design speed and task execution, and also provide more flexibility and control, simplifying the overall design process.

Fast and High-Quality RoutingThe Altium Designer 18 release significantly enhances user experience and productivity with a modern interface to simplify the design experience and enable unprecedented performance optimization, aided by 64-Bit architecture and multi-threading for greater stability, speed, and functionality during PCB design.

Connectivity management and enhanced 3D engine allows you to render design models and multi-board assemblies – faster and with better shading and realism. Real-time BOM management in Altium Design 18 links the latest supplier part information to the BOM, enabling users to make educated design decisions on their own timeline. A new, cohesive user interface provides a fresh and intuitive environment, and optimizations that enable unparalleled visualization of your design workflow. Fast and high-quality routing is provided by visual Constraints and user-guided automation. These enable you to route complex topologies across layers. In other words, it routes at the speed of a computer, but the quality of a human.

Altium | www.altium.com