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Happy 25th FloTHERM

Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye

Posted Nov 13, 2013

In this day and age where products come and go in a flash it is a great honor to be involved with something that has successfully passed several major milestones.
Twenty-five years ago, Flomerics opened its doors and FloTHERM moved from being a glimmer in the minds of Drs. Rosten and Thatchell to something real. The team of idealists had very definite thoughts when they sat down to create FloTHERM. They wanted to create something special. And that they did.

Almost a year after setting up the company, the team shipped FloTHERM to its customers. True to the founding fathers’ design, FloTHERM was the first in many areas:

•    the first CFD solution developed specifically for electronics thermal design
•    the first CFD solution that used non-CFD terms such as vents
•    the first CFD solution that could be used by thermal design engineers as opposed to expert analysts

And 24 years on, FloTHERM is still the de facto standard in the industry for electronics cooling simulation.

We started celebrating all things FloTHERM with a team lunch a couple of months ago. During our get-together we heard some great stories about the early days and our product managers shared some tidbits of information about the future. I don’t want to spill any beans but it is safe to say that while many folks would be happy to rest on their laurels, this team is not. Far from it. And I’m really proud to call these guys my colleagues (even though they can be very mischievous and pull my leg from time to time but I’m getting wise to their ways :-)).

The original gang reunited (image courtesy of Mentor Graphics).

After lunch our attention turned to a gorgeous cake (see below) which was baked and decorated by yet another colleague – Natasha. She had spent hours looking at pictures of PCB boards in order to create realistic decorations.  It contained 3 kilos (about 6 pounds) of chocolate and I won’t lie. Each slice was a divine piece of chocolaty goodness. As with all things “technical” the guys at my table started discussing the design of the cake. The discussion moved to Facebook later that day and ended when one person asked about the thermal impedance of the cake. After exchanging a few thoughts another person decided to look into it. I only hope that he is working on answering that question as we live and breathe because it would make for a brilliant blog post.

Now that's a PCB design I can sink my teeth into (image courtesy of Mentor Graphics)

The celebrations kicked off a whole slew of FloTHERM related activities – everything from user meetings around the world to a site dedicated to celebrating the world of electronics, electronics cooling and of course FloTHERM. The site is full of goodies including videos and blog posts. There is something for everyone… whether you’ve been using FloTHERM from day 1 or you’re a newbie to the world of electronics cooling.  Personally I really enjoyed the snazzy pictures of the founders and the original development team – I tell ya, these guys haven’t aged a day but thankfully they have updated their style … well somewhat updated ;-).

And last but not least, the latest issue of the Engineering Edge includes an electronics related supplement named Electronics Thermal Simulation and Test: Past, Present and Future It really is a fascinating read.

I hope you enjoy visiting the site and reading the supplement as much as I did.

Until next time.

electronics cooling simulation, electronics supplement, CFD, Engineering Edge

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About Nazita Saye

Nazita SayeI have been involved with the CFD user community in one shape or another since 1999 -- when the NIKA team first introduced FloWorks to the engineering community. Over the years I've seen the market evolve and I still marvel at the wide range of products that are being designed with our tools. As the Manager of External Communications for the Mechanical Analysis Division at Mentor, it is my privilege to bring some of our customer stories to you. Visit CFD doesn’t mean Color For Directors

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