Altair SimSolid Enhances Simulation for Electronics Industry

Multi-disciplinary solver built for printed circuit boards (PCB) and integrated circuits (IC).

Multi-disciplinary solver built for printed circuit boards (PCB) and integrated circuits (IC).

Altair reports the upcoming release of Altair SimSolid for electronics, bringing fast, easy and precise multiphysics scenario exploration for electronics, from chips, printed circuit boards (PCBs), and integrated circuits (ICs) to full system design.

“As the electronics industry pushes the boundaries of complexity and miniaturization, engineers have struggled with simulations that often compromise on detail for expediency. Altair SimSolid will empower engineers to capture the intricate complexities of PCBs and ICs without simplification,” says James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “Traditional simulation methods often require approximations when analyzing PCB structures due to their complexity. Altair SimSolid eliminates these approximations to run more accurate simulations for complex problems with vast dimensional disparities.”

Having experienced adoption in the aerospace and automotive industries, two sectors that typically experience challenges associated with massive structures, Altair SimSolid expects to impact the electronics market. The initial release, expected in Q2 2024, will support structural and thermal analysis for PCBs and ICs with full electromagnetics analysis coming in a future release.

The simulation market aims to leverage artificial intelligence technology to develop physics-informed neural networks. Altair SimSolid’s ability to accurately model and simulate complex electronics systems will become essential for training large use cases quickly and economically.

Streamlined Electromagnetic Simulation

The journey from electronic computer-aided design (ECAD) to simulation has historically been strewn with the obstacles of mesh generation—a necessary but time-intensive step that delays insights and stretches project timelines. Altair SimSolid’s meshless technology will tackle intricate challenges like signal integrity (SI), power integrity (PI) and electromagnetic compatibility/interference (EMC/EMI), all while making electromagnetic simulations more accessible and efficient. The solution’s ECAD to simulation workflow will empower users to surpass conventional boundaries and scale from meters to nanometers, ensuring every detail is perfectly rendered.  

A Comprehensive Simulation Suite 

As Altair SimSolid advances towards the inclusion of full-wave electromagnetics, it showcases Altair's vision of a multidisciplinary simulation environment. This evolution not only sets a new standard against traditional, mesh-reliant systems but it also promises a future where thermal, structural and electromagnetic challenges are addressed within a unified, meshless platform for rapid and precise design iterations. 

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

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