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OCTOBER 2020 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 69 advice before settling on any particular mate- rial or method. I hope this month's column has shed some light on current thermal manage- ment issues. DESIGN007 Jade Bridges is global technical support manager at Electrolube. To read past columns from Electrolube, click here. Download your free copy of Electrolube's book, The Printed Circuit Assembler's Guide to… Conformal Coatings for Harsh Environments, and watch the micro webinar series "Coatings Uncoated!" of heat transfer through the TIM itself. How- ever, bulk thermal conductivity alone could give a false impression of the expected per- formance. When tests are conducted under application conditions, low thermal resistance of the device indicates the true heat transfer efficiency of the TIM. Conclusion It can be a complex process deciding on the right choice of material and/or applica- tion technique regarding thermal management products. I strongly recommend getting expert Ocean research non-profit ProMare and IBM have announced the completion and launch of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS), an AI- and solar-powered marine research vessel which will traverse oceans gathering vital environmental data. Designed to provide a safe, flexible and cost-effective way of gathering data about the ocean, the new-gener- ation Mayflower promises to transform oceanography by working in tandem with scientists and other autonomous vessels to help understand critical issues such as global warming, micro-plastic pollution and marine mammal conservation. ProMare is coordinating the scientific stud- ies working with IBM Research and a number of leading scientific organizations. MAS features an AI Captain built by ProMare and IBM developers, which gives MAS the ability to sense, think and make decisions at sea with no human captain or onboard crew. The new class of marine AI is underpinned by IBM's latest advanced edge computing systems, auto- mation software, computer vision technology and Red Hat Open Source software. To enable followers around the world to stay updated with MAS as it undertakes its various missions, IBM and ProMare have today launched a new interactive web portal. Built by IBM iX, the business design arm of IBM Services, the MAS400 portal is designed to provide real-time updates about the ship's location, environ- mental conditions and data from its various research projects. Live weather data will be streamed from The Weather Company, as MAS is receiving forecast data and insight from the new IBM Weather Operations Center. The portal even features a seven-armed, stowaway octopus chatbot called Artie, who claims to be hitch- ing a ride on the ship. Powered by IBM Watson Assistant technology and created in partnership with European start-up Chatbotbay, Artie has been trained to provide information about MAS and its adventures in a lively, and accessible format. MAS will spend the next six months in sea trials before attempting to cross the Atlantic in Spring 2021. (Source: PR Newswire) Mayflower Autonomous Ship Launches

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