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18 Jul, 2014

Robin Bornoff I’m sure in the (far) future, product design and manufacture will just involve a big box that you can ask to make things for you. “A leg driven transport device with communication, health monitoring and illumination functions that will last me the week. Please Mr. Box” (or ‘Bob the making box’ as I’d call mine). Out it would pop. Think Star Trek Next Generation Replicator, … Read More

30 Jun, 2014

Robin Bornoff If there’s one word that describes electronics products it’s ‘complexity’. Actually, scratch that, that’s too generic a term. How about ‘cluttered’? IC packages are constructed from a number of different parts, soldered onto a PCB that is constructed from a series of layers and secured into some kind of chassis. ‘Packaging’ at various levels, physically … Read More

26 Jun, 2014

Nazita Saye Recently a couple of my friends came to England to do a grand tour of the island. We arranged to meet half-way through their three week journey. The plan was simple. I would take the train from London to Norwich where they’d pick me up and we’d drive 181 miles north to York for the weekend. By we I mean Alan was going to drive while Susan and I were going for a ride. A perfect opportunity to catch up … Read More

10 Jun, 2014

Robin Bornoff Flo. As far as prefixes go, I don’t know of another company that uses one so consistently for product branding, well apart from Apple. ‘Flo’ comes from ‘Flow’ and was part of the naming of Flomerics (Flow-Numerics), the company that first developed FloTHERM (flow-thermal) and FloVENT (flow-ventilation). FloMOTION was a favourite branding (animated post-processing module). … Read More

5 Jun, 2014

Air Rage... no more?

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I’ve been traveling a lot lately – a bit for business, a bit for pleasure. Being a seasoned traveler I refuse to fly budget airlines. Call me a snob but I like certain creature comforts. You can take away your packets of peanuts/pretzels. You can get me to pay for my meals and drinks. However, I draw the line at legroom. I’m used to rubbing knees and shoulders with strangers while traveling on trains … Read More

3D CFD, Airflow, environmental control systems, Passenger Comfort

4 Jun, 2014

Robin Bornoff FloTHERM’s strength has always its been its robustness, founded on a simplicity of technology that we’ve tried not to compromise over its 25 year life. This is no truer than in its 3D CAD drawing interface. More Lego than Sculpting in its capabilities, it’s always been quick and easy to mock up a conceptual cooling architecture for a proposed design. FloTHERM V10 provides a step change … Read More

3 Jun, 2014

Robin Bornoff Temperature has always been, and will continue to be, a good enough leading indicator of product reliability. As a parameter it is easy to specify a maximum rating value and relatively easy to measure. However it is not temperature itself that directly causes product failure, more often than not it is some kind of mechanical fracture or deformation that itself is fuelled by thermo-mechanical effects. … Read More

ANSYS, Abaqus, thermo-mechanical, MpCCI

23 May, 2014

Gummibears & the 1500A Power Tester

Posted by Mathew Clark

Mathew Clark Over the years, we have had some odd requests for our testing capabilities. Maybe they seemed odd for us, but normal for the requestee. One of those, which struck me as particularly interesting, was the request to test milk. Yes, that stuff that comes from cows. Although I can’t get into further details on this one, that request brings me to my actual post. As we were attending the PCIM in Nuremburg … Read More

1500A, Gummibears, #T3ster, IGBTs, PCIM

15 May, 2014

John Parry Come and join us for THERMINIC 2014 in London! The first deadline for abstract submissions to the 20th IEEE Workshop on THERMAL INVESTIGATIONS OF IC’s AND SYSTEMS (THERMINIC 2014) to be held at the magnificent World Heritage Site in Greenwich, London, has now passed. We’ve had a great response to the first call for abstracts, with more abstracts submitted this year compared to last year. The quality … Read More

Thermal measurements, THERMINIC, Compact Thermal Models, CTMs, CFD, power electronics, Thermomechanical reliability

14 May, 2014

New Beginnings

Posted by Mathew Clark

Mathew Clark As of late our Blog has become rather inactive. Not that we are not interested in writing anymore, but we are so. Darn. Busy. New products, new problems that need solving, and of course new ideas. However, it seems that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and there is a silhouette of a man that would like to welcome you to my first installation of our revived Blog. If the analogy doesn’t … Read More

#Electronics, #JEDEC, #cooling, #thermal, #T3ster, #testing

6 May, 2014

Basking in the Light

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye The first time I came to London I was 5 years old. I’m pretty sure my parents dragged me to all the usual touristy places but I only remember disjointed fragments. Feeding ducks in Hyde Park. Sitting on the jump seat in a black cab. Holding on to my dad with one hand and holding on for dear life to my new bestie, a rather large light-brown teddy bear, while standing outside Hamleys. Come to think of … Read More

street light, CFD, ROI, LED, luminaire

15 Apr, 2014

Future World

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye One of my recent social media feeds hit me like a ton of bricks over the weekend. “Yesterday belongs to the past. Tomorrow is the future. Today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present” (Bill Keane). I sat there blinking at it for a while letting the thought sink in. You see I recently had discovered that while out walking some 600+ miles around the English countryside over the past couple … Read More

FloTHERM XT, Thermal, T3ster

27 Mar, 2014

SOS for System-Level Design

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I knew something was up when I was driving home last night. It took me 60 minutes to go 3 miles. In other words, traffic was flowing way slower than normal. I got to the Teddington/Kingston roundabout and noticed that the road going to Teddington had been shut due to emergency roadworks. So most of the traffic that went through Kingston and headed to points north needed to be diverted. In other words: … Read More

system-level design

11 Mar, 2014

How to Guides

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I’d like to think of myself as a pretty competent person – throw a problem at me, I’ll find a solution for it. Case in point. Last week I noticed some cracks suddenly appearing in the kitchen walls and ceiling. The kitchen sits directly underneath the bathroom. The cracks looked like they were appearing where the bathtub was located and they felt damp. Doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to deduce this … Read More

component thermal design, Data Center, CFD, Thermal, enclosure thermal design, PCB thermal design

25 Feb, 2014

John Parry SEMI-THERM is one of the premier thermal management conferences and has the most targeted exhibition by far, with some 40+ exhibitors, including Mentor Graphics as Platinum Sponsor, so it’s a great place to network with people in the ‘cooling business’. The exhibition is FREE TO ATTEND, so if you’re in the bay area and interested in thermal management stop by and see us at the DoubleTree Hotel and … Read More

Flomerics, CFD, SEMI-THERM, T3ster

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