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FloTHERM V10.0 - What's New

On-demand Web Seminar Learn about the new developments that have made FloTHERM V10.0 an exciting new release.

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New Release: FloTHERM V10.0

The latest release of FloTHERM V10.0, announced in November 2013, is a significant user experience enhancement for longterm FloTHERM users, with several functionality and usability enhancements that continues the product line’s 25 year history of technical product innovation. FloTHERM V10.0 incorporated over 40 ideas collected from Mentor Graphics’ IDEAS website, where we solicit requests on software enhancements and features that Mentor customers recommended and voted on as the most popular.

This next-generation FloTHERM® product features a new native Windows graphical user interface (GUI) to handle pre-processing and large models with ease, targeting today’s most advanced electronic designs. As well as the new Windows-compliant GUI, FloTHERM also features a parallel CFD solver and efficient handling of massive models for pre-processing, solving and post-processing.

Figure 1 New FloTHERM GUI

Details of FloTHERM V10.0 product enhancements:

  • The new Windows-compliant user interface can handle models with thousands of objects. A query-based search function, together with data columns integrated with the model node tree, provides critical model checking capabilities to define data, identify errors and to further enhance the FloTHERM user experience.
  • A new parallel solver provides scalability and fast performance for multi-processors. This capability was the No. 1 requested functionality from the Mentor customer-feedback portal, and makes this FloTHERM release on average two to three times, and up to 14 times, faster than previous versions.

Figure 2 Typical Parallel Solver Speed-up

  • The addition of new modeling objects to represent racks of equipment and datacenter cooling devices enables users to simulate and optimize everything from a chip to an entire room.

Figure 3 Extended Datacenter Applications in FloTHERM V10.0

Figure 4 Typical CFD-FEA Analysis inside MpCCI

Figure 5 Extended FloEDA Bridge in FloTHERM V10.0

  • The transient thermostatic control modeling functionality allows model inputs to be varied in time and as a function of the temperature during a transient simulation. A key benefit from this feature is the ability to reduce component power dissipation, either the component’s own temperature, or those from external stimuli. Customers involved with thermostatic control systems, such as consumer electronics, computing and hand-held telephony and tablets find this new functionality helpful.
  • The FloTHERM product now also supports FEA interfacing through a mesh-based parallel code coupling interface (MpCCI) bridge developed at the Fraunhofer Institute SCAI. Now engineers can export CFD analysis data for finite element analysis (FEA) with a wide range of popular structural simulation programs thereby enabling users to conduct multi-disciplinary analyses.
  • The extended FloEDA Bridge offers the ability to measure x and y distances between object edges, corners, or centers. There is also the capability to move or deactivate components. Deactivated components will be retained but ignored from any subsequent solutions.
  • FloTHERM V10 FloSCRIPT functionality provides an action log file recording all commands issued in Project Manager or Drawing Board. Files are saved in XML format, human readable, and are amenable to file editing and file authoring tools. FloSCRIPT files are easily recorded, and XML based and can be played back. Ideal for consideration for automated work flows.
 
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