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Altair's CAE Portfolio for IoT Product Design

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Connected devices on the Internet of Things (IoT) will invariably be more complicated for engineers to design than their “dumb” product counterparts.

“Designing a smart IoT product is not as simple as adding a chip or assigning an IP address, and saying it is connected,” joked Vincent Marchè, marketing director at Altair. “Designers are challenged to achieve reliable communication in any conditions while limiting energy consumption or self-powering the device.”

For instance, adding an antenna for the IoT connection could theoretically affect other aspects of a product, or other products in the area, that operate on the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum. This EM compatibility (EMC) issue is just one way that IoT engineers can find themselves reevaluating design criteria.

The challenges for IoT product designers don't end there. Marchè added that these engineers need to ensure the product is compact, lightweight, affordable and robust enough to survive in various environments.

Clearly, meeting these design challenges is a multidisciplinary project. To tackle these challenges, IoT design teams will need to use a multitude of computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools that can handle complex multiphysics and multidisciplinary problems to ensure that products get to market on time. Dealing with these multiple licenses can become expensive and complicated.

The solution many CAE vendors have come up with is token-based licensing where engineers buy tokens which can be used to gain access to multiple tools and resources. For Altair, that comes in the form of HyperWorks Units (HWUs). HWUs can also help to ensure that the cost of operating all of these design tools will not stack.