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94 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2021 PCBs. Spurred on by the electric car and trans- portation gold rush, both types of PCBs are needed in large quantities. e high voltages of the batteries at 300–600 volts, and the massive currents to drive the motor, require significant thick copper traces on the driver PCB and superior laminates with high voltage dielectric properties. Embedded components are a newer tech- nology that allows more components to be placed on and inside a PCB. Having resistors and capacitors inside allows for more chips and larger components on the two outer layers. It is even possible to insert physical resistors and capacitors in very small sizes. e alternative is to print the components inside, using resistive or capacitive laminates. ere are so many new technologies within the encompassing dome of PCB manufacturing that for any one single PCB shop to know every- thing about each specialty technology is getting harder and more difficult to manage. FLEX007 John Talbot is president of Tramonto Circuits. To read past columns or contact Talbot, click here. Siemens Digital Industries Software and MaRS Discovery District, a Toronto-based innova- tion hub, have partnered to provide over 1,400 Canadian science and technology companies with access to Siemens' Xcelerator portfolio of software and services to support and accelerate the development of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies. The design and simulation software can help companies in the MaRS eco- system conduct early design devel- opment and advanced verification of autonomous function and perfor- mance systems. Startup companies are at the forefront of engineering and prod- uct innovation and they encounter similar complex design challenges as their larger counterparts, so it's vital that they build a foundation of digital technology that enable expansion and growth as company needs evolve. Most startups begin with core CAD and CAE technologies but evolving product complexity, for example the quantity of parts and design complexity, often require additional capabilities such as data man- agement, advanced simulation, and manufactur- ing software. MaRS understands these needs and challenges and strives to provide founda- tional services to their startup community that enable development and growth. MayaHTT, a long-time Siemens partner with unique expertise in addressing complex techni- cal challenges from chip design to full vehicle system validation will support MaRS companies with software deployment and training services. "The rise of autonomous and connected vehicles is changing the way the vehicles are designed, manufactured and tested. This emphasis on agile development cycles requires new partnerships and collaboration across the supply chain," said Jamie Dinsmore, Vice President and Country Manager, Canada at Siemens Digital Indus- tries Software. "We are proud to partner with MaRS to empower Canadian startups by provid- ing data management and simulation tools they can use from the beginning of their journeys, which can enable traceability, collaboration and early design validation that can improve product delivery and success." (Source: Siemens) Siemens, MaRS to Accelerate Innovation for Startups in Development of Autonomous, Connected Vehicles

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