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National Instruments Releases Automated Test Outlook

National Instruments Releases Automated Test Outlook

National Instruments (NI), a provider of platform-based systems for engineering, has released the Automated Test Outlook 2016. This annual test and measurement report provides key trends expected to impact automated test environments with the proliferation of connected devices, the company states.

Topics included in the report are:

  • Computing: Harvesting Production Test Data Semiconductor organizations pioneer real-time data analytics to reduce manufacturing test cost.
  • Software: Lifecycle Management Is All About Software Obsolescence, OS churn, and compatibility challenge long lifecycle projects — an age-old problem warrants revisiting.
  • Architecture: The Rise of Test Management Software Off-the-shelf test executives are effective solutions for the influx of new programming languages.
  • I/O: Standardizing Platforms from Characterization to Production RFIC companies employ IP (intellectual property) reuse and hardware standardization across the product design cycle to reduce cost and shorten time to market.
  • Business Strategy: Making Waves in Test Strategy Test managers are adopting modular solutions to economically validate high-frequency components.

“As strong advocates for excellence in automated test, we work closely with customers and suppliers to understand the top issues facing manufacturing and test departments,” said Luke Schreier, director of Automated Test Marketing at NI. “Whether your challenge is testing millions of Internet of Things devices or managing a 20-year-old test system, our goal is to spark dialogue within your organization to help you lower the cost of test and stay ahead of your competition.”

For more information, visit National Instruments.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

3D Systems Discontinues Cube Printer

3D Systems Discontinues Cube Printer

3D Systems has stated that it will discontinue production of its Cube 3D consumer printer. The company will continue to sell the product’s existing inventory and offer support through its website. However, the availability of the CubePro 3D printer will remain uninterrupted for desktop engineering and professional applications.

The printer’s website, Cubify.com will remain active until January 31st, 2016. All associated retail products on the site will also be discontinued.

According to a company press release, management believes a greater focus on manufacturing applications and delivering new and enhanced manufacturing systems can drive adoption, yield higher returns on investment and increase earnings. As part of this shift away from consumer products, management expects revenue to be impacted by less than 2% and profitability to improve.

“In connection with our ongoing review of our business and industry, we believe that the most meaningful opportunities today are in professional and industrial settings, from the product design shop to the operating room to the factory floor,” said Andy Johnson, interim chief executive officer & chief legal officer, 3D Systems. “We are focusing our efforts on enabling professionals and companies to improve their designs, transform their workflows, bring innovative products to market and drive new business models.”

For more information, visit 3D Systems.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

SABIC Releases Large Format Touch Sensor

SABIC Releases Large Format Touch Sensor

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, SABIC has introduced a transparent, conductive polycarbonate (PC) film that is a new class of display materials. It is suited for large formats with 2.5 and 3D formability. It can also be thermoformed into some of the complex shapes that are required for consumer electronics, automotive interiors and healthcare devices.

The film combines SANTE nanoparticle technology from Cima NanoTech over SABIC’s LEXAN film for sensitive touch screens.

SABIC’s transparent, conductive polycarbonate film – available in gauges from 800 micrometers to 125 micrometers – provides considerable weight savings, which can support thin wall designs as well as potentially reduce transportation costs, the company states. Another key advantage is formability: the use of ITO is challenging when considered for flexible touch screens due to its brittle nature. When flexed, ITO will crack, thus preventing the operation of the touchscreen.

“With the need for information to be constantly at our fingertips, the challenge becomes how to integrate touch screen functionality into spaces where design and aesthetics are also important – such as in an automotive interior or wearable technology – or where extremely large format touch screens are required, such as digital signage or electronic white boards. Other challenges include transparency and, of course, cost containment wherever possible,” Alan Tsai, director, Technology & Innovation for Display & Electronics, said.

For more information, visit SABIC.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

ESTECO Announces modeFRONTIER 2016 User Meeting

ESTECO Announces modeFRONTIER 2016 User Meeting

ESTECO, a provider of numerical optimization solutions, has announced its annual modeFRONTIER International Users Meeting. The event will will run from May 17th to 18th in Trieste, Italy with the theme “The Speed of Change.”

According to the company, the meeting is the perfect opportunity for users from different, technology-intensive industrial sectors and the world of academia and research to exchange and compare ideas. The users of ESTECO technology will testify to the versatility of the software and, given their different backgrounds, provide interesting starting-points for future applications and innovations.

The conference is open to both academic and industry contributions showing how modeFRONTIER has been applied to accelerate product innovation. Authors have until February 26th to submit their abstracts. The deadline for full presentations/papers is April 29th.

For more information, visit ESTECO.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Altair Announces FEKO Student Competition Winner

Altair Announces FEKO Student Competition Winner

Altair has announced this year’s winner for its annual FEKO Student Competition. Ting-Yhen Shih, a PhD student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is being awarded first place for his work on platform-mounted HF antennas.

The competition supports engineering education and academic excellence for students interested in antennas, microwave devices, bio-electromagnetics, electromagnetic compatibility and other electromagnetic field.

Shih’s entry, titled “Design of Platform-Mounted HF Antennas with Enhanced Bandwidth Using the Characteristic Mode Configuration in FEKO,” develops a method to efficiently approach the bandwidth limitation of a platform mode. This creates new bandwidths that stand-alone antennas were not able to achieve.

“Many antennas working at the high frequency (HF) band tend to have significantly smaller dimensions than the wavelength at which they operate, and, therefore, suffer from narrow bandwidths. Since HF antennas are often mounted on metallic platforms that are physically larger than the antennas themselves, if the platform can be used as part of the antenna, the maximum linear dimension of the antenna can be increased, resulting in an enhanced bandwidth. Our goal was to design platform-mounted HF antennas with enhanced bandwidth using the characteristic mode configuration in FEKO,” says Shih.

For more information, visit Altair.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

NUMECA Offers CFD as a Service

NUMECA Offers CFD as a Service

NUMECA has released its complete suite of CFD (computational fluid dynamics software) on UberCloud application software containers. This makes the technology available on the cloud.

Within the container is NUMECA’s Flow Integrated Environment FINE, which services applications such as marine, turbomachinery, acoustics, 3D design and automeshing. Being able to access the FINE suite through a container can drastically cut down on loading and access time, the company states.

“Until recently it was my firm belief that cloud computing for engineering applications is one of the next big challenges we have to solve,” said Professor Charles Hirsch, President and founder of NUMECA International. “But when we came across UberCloud’s new application container technology and containerized all our CFD software packages we were surprised about the ease of use and access to any computing system on demand.”

For more information, visit UberCloud and NUMECA.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

AMD Announces New Polaris Architecture

AMD Announces New Polaris Architecture

At this year’s Consumer Electronic Show, AMD showcased its upcoming Polaris GPU (graphics processing unit) architecture. This version, according to the company, has a range of architectural improvements such as HDR monitor performance and enhanced performance-per-watt.

According to a company press release, AMD’s Polaris architecture-based 14nm FinFET GPUs deliver a remarkable generational jump in power efficiency. Polaris-based GPUs are designed for fluid frame rates in graphics, gaming, VR and multimedia applications running on compelling small form-factor thin and light computer designs.

“Our new Polaris architecture showcases significant advances in performance, power efficiency and features,” said Lisa Su, president and CEO, AMD. “2016 will be a very exciting year for Radeon fans driven by our Polaris architecture, Radeon Software Crimson Edition and a host of other innovations in the pipeline from our Radeon Technologies Group.”

AMD expects shipments of Polaris to begin mid-year.

For more information, visit AMD.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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