Thermal Simulation and Wearables: Too Hot to Handle, Too Bright to Watch

9 March, 2017

"It’s very important to get [your] early layout right. Otherwise, you may need to move the heatsink or replace it later. Thermal engineers can help you reduce those costs or mitigate those risks.” --Akhil Docca, Future Facilities

While the market grows, the devices themselves are shrinking. The miniaturization adds a new layer of complexity to the design. “With wearables, the electronics are working hard to generate and collect all the data, so they’re generating too much heat,” says Akhil Docca, Future Facilities’ corporate marketing & product strategy manager. Future Facilities develops engineering simulation software to quantify and qualify business decisions. “Now they’re not only smaller, but also closer to the human body than before. That affects human comfort.”

Getting it right means implementing thermal management strategies and cooling mechanisms that activate at the right moment. The solution usually belongs in the thermal engineers’ territory. However, the fixes may affect the electrical layout and mechanical components. Experts believe it’s time to address the shortage of efficient interdisciplinary communication tools.

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