MATHEMATICS, SIMULATION AND MODELLING

Version 8.0

16 December 2009

Integrated Engineering Software

Integrated Engineering Software has announced updates to its entire product range. Version 8.0 of the company's software features a number of general enhancements that will make the software easier and quicker to use. In addition, improvements have been made specifically to the 2D and 3D modelling products.

In all version 8.0 software, visualisation tools have seen major improvements and now have the ability to undertake gradient contour plots, which will make use of the entire colour spectrum. Additionally, log plots to contours, arrows, and isosurfaces have been included for viewing data in both 2D and 3D over many orders of magnitude. Ambient temperature can now also be defined globally and changed parametrically. This is useful in ‘what if’ scenarios if a device will be operated in different temperature environments.

In 3D versions of Integrated’s software, including the Amperes, Faraday, and Singula products, the ability to parallelise computations has been added. The company states that by using these parallelisation features alongside 64-bit processors and 32GB of memory, speed increases of more than 50-fold have been achieved. In most 3D programs the self-adaptive algorithms have been altered to work seamlessly with the 3D BEM code, which is faster and more accurate than the manual placement of elements.

Integrated’s 2D software, including its Electro and Lorentz products, is already well known for its ease of use. Improvements in Version 8.0 mean that 2D programs now have a far tighter coupling between the electric and thermal fields. As the temperature of the device changes, the electrical properties dependant on temperature will be updated. The ability to create transient boundary conditions and sources has also been radically improved, sources are now created in the source library and then assigned. Handling transient problems has been the main emphasis of v8.0 for all Integrated’s 2D solvers. The addition of a true 'time modeller' enables the user to create almost any time signal possible. Standard time signals such as square waveforms can be added or multiplied with other standard functions such as logoriths or sinusoids. In addition, tabular sources can be imported easily.

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