Empower next generation of engineers, says MathWorks exec
Sham Ahmed, managing director, MathWorks UK, believes European companies have access to the design software needed to develop world-class product technologies and to empower the next generation of engineers.
Electronic systems will continue to be applied across multiple industries – from specialised aerospace and defence applications to higher volume automotive electronics and consumer electronic devices – computational techniques such as data analysis, algorithm development, Model-based design and image processing will continue to form a key part of the design flow for all these electronic systems.
Most importantly, new technology must be developed to respond to the unique priorities coming from customers in these highly specialised industries.
In order to stay competitive, Europe must closely evaluate its strengths and pedigree in developing new technologies.
It must improve efficiencies in product development and continue to push for a unique position not only in products, but also in revitalising its most important asset of all – the next generation of engineers.
Continued support for programmes in science, engineering and mathematics will have a direct impact on our ability to solve tomorrow’s design challenges.
Specifically when dealing with products, there are common challenges in the design flow for electronic systems.
Take for example new electric automobiles: typical systems comprise a mix of analogue and digital components, with separate parts implemented in software and hardware.
For modern systems, it is essential to have an effective flow from the system engineer’s conceptual design, through the specialised component design teams across these different domains, to the delivery of an integrated and verified product.
Collaboration between the different engineering teams (Co-Design), and the use of integrated toolsets in automotive design are the major enablers to reducing product development times and rapidly iterating from one design to the next.
At Electronica, MathWorks will present the recently released major new versions of MATLAB and Simulink. We will be offering visitors the opportunity to experience the new look and feel and improved user-friendliness of Release 2012b.
Significant improvements to highlight include the new MATLAB Desktop and a new editor for Simulink.
We will have some embedded demos including FPGA boards and battery power, to hands-on technology such as robotics, oscilloscopes and even some back-to-physics magnetic levitation all created using MATLAB and Simulink.