Category Archives: Simulation

Toyota Motor Expands Use of MATLAB, Simulink

TOKYO, Japan, May 8, 2024 – MathWorks, the leading developer of mathematical computing software, today announced that the Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota) will expand its adoption of the MATLAB and Simulink platforms and usage of Model-Based Design (MBD) within its Japan-based operations to accelerate the automaker’s plans to develop “ever-better cars” and “transform into a mobility company.”

MBD is the systematic use of models throughout the development process, which improves how automotive engineers deliver complex systems. Automotive companies use MBD to respond quickly to changes in the market environment, accelerate the speed of service delivery to customers, and achieve efficient investment and improvement in development capabilities.

“Standardizing around MATLAB and Simulink made sense because the software was already widely used within the company, and we were entering a phase in which it would be difficult to respond promptly to the rapid and diverse changes in the world,” said Tatsuya Okamura, chief project leader, Information Systems Group at Toyota Motor Corp. “In addition to providing the necessary modeling and simulation functions, our company’s goals will make it essential to create an environment where various options can be utilized and trained as and when required.”

“We have worked together since 1993 to accelerate Toyota’s development processes and make them the envy of the automotive world,” said Andy Grace, vice president of engineering for design automation at MathWorks. “Using MathWorks products, Toyota can eliminate manual steps, perform predictive maintenance, and create a digital thread that connects requirements and system architecture to component design and testing. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Toyota to help them maintain their global leadership position through continuous innovation.”

Toyota was an early adopter of MBD. Most Japanese automakers subsequently adopted MBD using MathWorks products like MATLAB and Simulink for modeling and simulation. This design approach helps automakers test new ideas and perform fast and reproducible tests, reducing the development cycle and cutting development time by more than 50%. Automating critical steps like code writing and verification eliminates manual procedures and reduces human error. Toyota can also use models as digital twins for predictive maintenance, failure detection, and optimization of systems in operation.

About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of engineers and scientists, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain and embedded engineering systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, industrial automation, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s top universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 6,000 people in 34 offices around the world, with headquarters in Natick, MA, USA.

For additional information, visit mathworks.com.

AVL Opens Office in Ontario, Canada

ONTARIO, Canada, May 3, 2024 – AVL, the global mobility technology company for development, simulation, and testing, has established a new entity to serve Canada’s emerging battery technology and vehicle electrification sectors.

AVL TSI Canada, Inc. will operate a new branch office in Mississauga, Ontario. This development signifies a meaningful move in further establishing Canada as an epicenter for battery technology and electric vehicle (EV) research and development.

AVL will provide state-of-the-art testing equipment and software to large OEMs, universities, and research facilities in Canada to advance battery technology and EV research and development. The portfolio includes systems that provide customers with advanced capabilities for testing all aspects of vehicle electrification, including batteries, inverters, traction motors, and e-axles.

Corey Miller, business director of AVL TSI Canada, Inc.: “AVL’s investment in the Canadian market helps move the industry towards its goal of creating smart, clean, and affordable transportation. These dedicated resources allow us to provide superior service and support as well as enhance responsiveness to suppliers, startups, and OEMs alike.”

Furthermore, AVL is helping strengthen the pipeline of Canadian talent by investing in North America’s premier automotive engineering university competition programs EcoCAR EV Challenge and The Battery Workforce Challenge. AVL provides participants with simulation tools, testing-, and engineering support for the development of low-emission and electric vehicles. Hands-on experience with industry-leading tools equips students to excel in the EV industry and helps retain local talent.

About AVL

With more than 12,200 employees, AVL is one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation, and testing in the automotive industry and in other sectors such as rail, marine, and energy. Based on extensive in-house research activities, AVL delivers concepts, technology solutions, methodologies, and development tools for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility and beyond.

AVL supports international partners and customers in their sustainable and digital transformation. The focus lies on the areas of electrification, software, AI and automation. In addition, AVL supports companies in energy-intensive sectors on their way to a greener and more efficient energy generation and supply.

Innovation is AVL’s passion. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is driving the future of mobility. In 2023, the company generated a turnover of 2.05 billion Euros, of which 10 % are invested in R&D activities.

For more information, visit www.avl.com.

AVL Partners with Red Bull Advanced Technologies

GRAZ, Austria and MILTON KEYNES, UK, May 2, 2024 – Mobility technology company AVL is partnering with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the high-performance arm of Red Bull Racing Group, to develop the next generation of ultra-high-power density fuel cell technology. This collaboration combines AVL’s industry leading portfolio of PEM fuel cell technology and Red Bull’s winning technologies and novel methodologies in lightweight design, construction, and aerodynamics. This project is expected to deliver a fuel cell system for high performance application that exceeds those currently available globally. Joint investigations indicate that upon successful completion, dramatic improvements in gravimetric power density can be achieved with values towards 6kW/kg on stack level and 2kW/kg on fuel cell system level. This technology has the potential to result in the world’s highest gravimetric power density PEM fuel cell system.

The solutions to be achieved will be a significant milestone in net-zero carbon technology innovation, enabling sectors such as aerospace, future motorsport series, and a multitude of other maximum payload applications to have the power density figures required in hydrogen mobility.

Rob Gray, technical director, Red Bull Advanced Technologies: “We are delighted to be working with AVL on this collaboration to increase fuel cell power density and thus improve performance. It goes to show how beneficial the application of cutting edge F1 inspired engineering can be with solving real-world problems.”

Jürgen Rechberger, vice president, AVL: “We are very proud to be working closely with Red Bull. This partnership will combine the knowledge and experience of our experts, allowing us to improve the gravimetric power density of our fuel cell technology by a factor of three and hence meet the requirements of high-performance applications like aviation and racing.”

About AVL

With more than 12,200 employees, AVL is one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation, and testing in the automotive industry and in other sectors such as rail, marine, and energy. Based on extensive in-house research activities, AVL delivers concepts, technology solutions, methodologies, and development tools for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility and beyond.

AVL supports international partners and customers in their sustainable and digital transformation. The focus lies on the areas of electrification, software, AI and automation. In addition, AVL supports companies in energy-intensive sectors on their way to a greener and more efficient energy generation and supply.

Innovation is AVL’s passion. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is driving the future of mobility. In 2023, the company generated a turnover of 2.05 billion Euros, of which 10 % are invested in R&D activities.

For more information, visit www.avl.com.

About Red Bull Advanced Technologies

Red Bull Advanced Technologies was formed in 2014 with the remit to apply aspects of F1 technology to other challenges, both in motorsport and the wider world. With an aim to position Red Bull Advanced Technologies as the leading competitor in technology solutions, they bring exceptional engineering, design, technology, simulation and production capabilities to a hugely diverse set of industries, helping to create a smarter, better future. From human powered machines to hypercars and everything in between including submersibles, flying machines and future mobility solutions, with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the possibilities are limitless.

Altair Acquires Research in Flight

TROY, MI, May 2, 2024 – Altair a global leader in computational intelligence, announced it has acquired Research in Flight, maker of FlightStream, which provides computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software with a large footprint in the aerospace and defense sector and a growing presence in marine, energy, turbomachinery, and automotive applications.

FlightStream is a user-friendly, yet powerful flow solver that bridges the gap between high-fidelity CFD simulations and the needs of engineers and designers. Its exceptionally fast computational speeds and low hardware footprint, coupled with a streamlined user interface and robust aerodynamic solver, make it an invaluable tool for early-stage rapid design iterations and in-depth aerodynamic studies for aerospace and defense applications and beyond. FlightStream can capture subsonic to supersonic flows, including compressible effects and a unique surface vorticity capability. It leverages the strengths of panel method flow solvers and enhances them with modern computational techniques to provide a fast solver capable of handling complex aerodynamic phenomena.

“Our growth in the aerospace, defense, and surrounding industries has accelerated in recent years through our best-in-class computational intelligence solutions,” said James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “The integration of FlightStream into our portfolio will enhance our offering with its specialized, modern, and efficient approach to meet the increasingly complex customer demands in these industries, including the urban air mobility and eVTOL sectors.”

FlightStream allows for the rapid analysis of unconventional aircraft using a unique surface vorticity, flow-separation, and viscous analysis capability for both powered and unpowered configurations. It is augmented with integral boundary layer modeling, enabling users to capture viscous effects with a level of detail that is uncommon in traditional panel method applications. This integration facilitates a more comprehensive analysis of aerodynamic performance, providing insights that are crucial for design optimization.

“We are proud to be a standard tool in the aircraft designer’s toolbox,” said Vivek Ahuja, co-founder, Research in Flight. “Joining Altair will allow us to scale and reach countless engineers seeking best-in-class, powerful, and specialized tools for faster design iterations.”

In addition to Ahuja, Research in Flight was co-founded by Roy Hartfield who has dedicated more than 30 years to the study of aerodynamics, propulsion, statistical analysis of air vehicles, and aircraft research. Hartfield is an aerospace engineering professor at the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University.

FlightStream is a United States Air Force network-approved software and is also used at NASA Ames and Langley Research Centers, as well as by the US Army. It will be integrated into the Altair HyperWorks design and simulation platform and be available via Altair Units.

About Altair

Altair is a global leader in computational intelligence that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair enables organizations across all industries to compete more effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable future.

To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

Ansys Q1 Revenue Down 42% to $467M with $35M Profit

PITTSBURGH, PA, May 2, 2024 – Ansys announced financial results for the first quarter of 2024. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2023 was $466.6M, 42% down compared to $805.1M for the fourth quarter of 2023. GAAP net income was $34.7M.

Comparative analysis based on Ansys’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source Ansys website)

Comparative analysis based on Ansys’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source Ansys website)

A complete chart of the financial results is available here.

About Ansys

When visionary companies need to know how their world-changing ideas will perform, they close the gap between design and reality with Ansys simulation. Founded in 1970, Ansys is headquartered south of Pittsburgh, PA, USA. For more than 50 years, Ansys software has enabled innovators across industries to push boundaries by using the predictive power of simulation. From sustainable transportation to advanced semiconductors, from satellite systems to life-saving medical devices, the next great leaps in human advancement will be powered by Ansys.

Visit www.ansys.com for more information.

Noesis AI Assistant Announced

 Optimus v2024.1 launched

LEUVEN, Belgium, May 1, 2024 – Noesis Solutions, a trusted digital engineering innovation partner, announced the launch of Noesis AI Assistant, an AI virtual assistant of Noesis Solutions, that helps its users with instant, accurate information, and support on utilizing Optimus, an automation and optimization tool by Noesis Solutions, along with the release of Optimus 2024.1. Noesis AI Assistant is a multilingual, conversational, AI virtual assistant developed using state-of-the-art ChatGPT technology. It has a deep understanding of Optimus covering all its latest features and functions, to the best practices and troubleshooting techniques of the tool. The Noesis AI Assistant will be expanded to cover the entire product portfolio of Noesis Solutions in the future.

Noesis AI Assistant helps the Optimus users by providing them with 24/7 support for queries regarding Optimus, through a secure, easy-to-use interface through which engineers and designers can receive real-time response about topics related to automation and optimization of their engineering workflows with Optimus and browse relevant topics.

Figure 1- An example of a query and response from the Noesis AI Assistant

“By enabling our users with an AI-powered language model like Noesis AI Assistant, Noesis Solutions aims to deliver unmatched customer support with expertise and training, empowering them to derive more value from Optimus. The Noesis AI Assistant retrieves information from various Optimus documentations that are enriched with knowledge from training manuals, real customer support cases, FAQs, user manuals etc. The user queries and answers are also logged anonymously which enables the team to improve Noesis AI Assistant and enable it to create responses based on learned patterns and generating fresh responses as needed. We are confident that it will add great value and seamless support for our users.” said Christine Schwarz, product owner – Optimus.

Noesis AI Assistant excels in Optimus-related topics through its sophisticated use of retrieval-assisted generation approach, which combines the strengths of two strategies: retrieval-based methods, which fetch relevant information from a predefined knowledge base, and generative models, which create responses based on learned patterns. By blending these approaches, the assistant can access knowledge stored in the Optimus documentation, that is updated consistently with the user queries that are logged anonymously, to efficiently improve for future queries.

Along with the launch of Noesis AI Assistant, Optimus 2024.1 has updated its usability features by introducing a visual project selection window and enriched its openness by adding more interfaces to 3rd party software.

About Noesis Solutions

Established in 2003, Noesis Solutions, a trusted digital engineering innovation partner, has empowered customers to adopt a transformational strategy that resolves their toughest multidisciplinary engineering challenges of today.

Noesis Solutions is a majority-owned subsidiary of Cybernet Systems, a leading provider of multi-domain CAE solutions covering a vast range of engineering problems. Headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, Noesis Solutions operates through a network of subsidiaries and representatives in key locations around the world.

For more information, please visit www.noesissolutions.com.

TSMC Certifies Ansys Multiphysics Platforms

PITTSBURGH, PA, May 1, 2024 – Ansys announced the certification of its power integrity platforms for TSMC’s N2 technology full production release. Both Ansys RedHawk-SC and Ansys Totem are certified for power integrity signoff on N2 process, delivering significant speed and power advantages for high performance computing, mobile chips, and 3D-IC designs. RaptorX is now certified for TSMC’s N5 technology — crucial for modeling on-chip electromagnetic integrity in radio frequency systems, 5G, telecommunications, datacenters, and 3D-IC heterogeneous silicon systems.

TSMC and Ansys join forces to enable faster, lower power semiconductor designs

Ansys has also collaborated with TSMC on an AI-enabled analysis optimization flow using Ansys optiSLang and Ansys multiphysics solutions, including RaptorX, RedHawk-SC, and RedHawk-SC Electrothermal.

“The significant power and performance boost delivered by our most advanced 2nm process technology is driving customers’ needs for accurate and comprehensive multiphysics analysis,” said Dan Kochpatcharin, head of design infrastructure management division at TSMC. “Our latest collaboration with Ansys delivers power integrity solutions for our most advanced process technologies that are pivotal to enable customer designs, and we have extended our partnership with Ansys to include RaptorX to manage the growing influence of electromagnetic effects in high-speed circuits.”

“The Ansys multiphysics platform boasts strong technical solutions for power integrity and high-speed electromagnetics,” said John Lee, vice president and general manager of the semiconductor, electronics, and optics business unit at Ansys. “Our collaboration with TSMC empowers our joint customers with the most advanced multiphysics simulations and analyses, enabling them to design some of the most innovative and advanced chips in the world.”

About Ansys

When visionary companies need to know how their world-changing ideas will perform, they close the gap between design and reality with Ansys simulation. For more than 50 years, Ansys software has enabled innovators across industries to push boundaries by using the predictive power of simulation. From sustainable transportation to advanced semiconductors, from satellite systems to life-saving medical devices, the next great leaps in human advancement will be powered by Ansys.

For more information, visit www.ansys.com.

Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library for MATLAB Launched

TAMPA, FL, Apr 24, 2024 – Modelithics, the leading independent provider of accurate RF/microwave models for multiple EDA simulation software tools, is pleased to launch the new Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library for MATLAB.

The release of the new Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library for MATLAB includes almost 50 Microwave Global Models representing nearly 3,500 components for many of today’s leading component suppliers, including Amotech, Coilcraft, Johanson, Kemet, Kyocera-AVX, Murata, Passive Plus, Presidio, and Vishay. The EXEMPLAR Library is designed to include models that run many example tutorial projects on the Modelithics website.

The Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library for MATLAB adds to Modelithics’ vast collection of highly accurate circuit simulation models. It expands the available resources to enable today’s design engineers to go from concept to product faster and more efficiently in MATLAB. Modelithics models are to be utilized within RF Toolbox, a MATLAB add-on from MathWorks, to build networks of RF components, such as filters, transmission lines, matching networks, amplifiers, and mixers. RF Toolbox provides functions, objects, and apps for designing, modeling, analyzing, and visualizing networks of radio frequency (RF) components. RF designers can use RF Toolbox and Modelithics EXEMPLAR library to develop wireless communications, radar, and signal integrity applications.

The Microwave Global Models for MATLAB include Modelithics’ advanced model features, including part value scalability, solder pad-size scaling, de-embedding, and substrate scaling. The part-value scalability of Microwave Global Models makes them ideal for tuning and optimization. Therefore, it is not necessary to manually substitute individual models during a design process. Modelithics Microwave Global Models also scale substrate characteristics, providing designers with a solution that extends beyond traditional solutions, like S-parameter files. While an S-parameter file only contains device measurements performed on one specific substrate, Modelithics microwave global models are valid over a continuous range of substrate properties determined by the substrates used in the model extraction process.

For more information regarding the new Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library for MATLAB, please review the v24.0 release notes. To request a free trial, visit Modelithics.com/MVP/MATLAB. The Modelithics EXEMPLAR Library is also free for qualified educational institutions for one year of renewable access through the Modelithics University Program. For more details on the Modelithics University Program, visit modelithics.com/home/university.

About Modelithics, Inc.

Modelithics, Inc. was formed in 2001 to address the industry-wide need for high accuracy RF and microwave active and passive simulation models for use in Electronic Design Automation (EDA). Modelithics’ premium product is the Modelithics COMPLETE Library, which includes the CLR Library, containing measurement-based Microwave Global Models for a multitude of commercially-available passive component families, as well non-linear diode models, non-linear transistor models, and system level component models. Modelithics’ services also address a wide range of custom RF and microwave measurement and modeling needs. Modelithics product offerings also include the Modelithics mmWave & 5G Library, Modelithics System Components Library the Modelithics COMPLETE+3D Library. Modelithics is a registered trademark of Modelithics, Inc. Microwave Global Models, System Components Library, and CLR Library are also trademarks of Modelithics, Inc. The Modelithics Vendor Partner (MVP) Program allows for collaboration and open communication during the development of advanced data sets and models for commercially available microwave components and devices, with flexible sponsorship and distribution arrangements for the resulting data and models. An example of such an arrangement is the Modelithics Qorvo GaN Library and the Modelithics MACOM GaN Library. Both of these vendor specific libraries are distributed for free by Modelithics under sponsorship of Qorvo and MACOM, respectively. Modelithics also offers a Standard & Custom Test Fixture and Accessory Product Line, including legacy parts from J Micro Technology for a family of thin film Alumina substrate components.

For more information, visit www.Modelithics.com.

About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of engineers and scientists, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain and embedded engineering systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, industrial automation, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s top universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 6,000 people in 34 offices around the world, with headquarters in Natick, MA, USA.

For additional information, visit mathworks.com.