HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION STORAGE
IDTechEx | March 27, 2023
Thermal Interface Material (TIM) plays an important role in power electronics, computing processors, sensors, and energy storage devices. TIMs are the materials used to fill the void between heat sources and heat sinks to enhance heat transfer. TIMs come in a variety of forms, including gap pads, thermal greases, thermally conductive adhesives, and phase change materials. The form varies significantly across target application areas, cost, and ease of mass deployment. With the ever-increasing power demand and heat generation for many emerging industries, such as data centers, 5G, and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), TIMs are experiencing rapid growth and evolution, leading to significant market opportunities and massive potential for each of the target industries.
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a fast-growing market; IDTechEx forecasts that electric vehicle markets across land, sea, and air will generate US$2.6 trillion by 2042 with a double-digit annual growth rate. The battery is undoubtedly one of the most important components of an EV. Together with the fast adoption of EVs, there is also a trend for higher power density, larger battery capacity, and faster charging.
TCAs have the fastest growth but gap fillers retain their dominant position over the next ten years. Source: IDTechEx - "Thermal Interface Materials 2023-2033: Technologies, Markets and Opportunities".
The most used TIM forms in the EV battery industry include gap pads, gap fillers, and thermally conductive adhesives (TCAs). There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution when it comes to TIM form, and the choice is ultimately subject to battery design configuration. Gap filler is by far the most widely adopted TIM for EV batteries at this stage, thanks to their superior ability to be efficiently dispensed at high volumes. However, in order to increase energy density and achieve a longer range, EV batteries have been shifting from modular to cell-to-pack designs. This shift is expected to have profound impacts on the adoption of TIMs. Modular battery designs consist of multiple individual battery modules connected to form a battery pack. Each module has a separate casing and requires a separate TIM to transfer heat from the cell to the cooling system. In contrast, the cell-to-pack design combines the battery cells into a single, large battery module, eliminating the need for separate module housings and TIMs.
This battery transition reduces TIM usage per vehicle as there are fewer thermal interfaces between the cells and the cooling plate. The elimination of module housings means cells can directly contact the cooling plate, thereby changing the performance requirements of the TIM. The TIM needs to transfer heat efficiently to avoid hotspots, as well as present good material compatibility with the cold plate. As the TIMs are positioned directly between the cells and the cold plate, an increased adhesion of TIMs is needed to stick the cells and cold plates together. Therefore, IDTechEx forecasts thermally conductive adhesives to be increasingly adopted thanks to this battery design transition, and by 2020, the market size of TCA within the EV industry is expected to have a 15-fold increase. More details about the opportunities associated with this transition are included in IDTechEx's latest research, "Thermal Interface Materials 2023-2033: Technologies, Markets and Opportunities".
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CDS | February 01, 2023
Leading multi-vendor services (MVS) provider for data centers, CDS, recently announced its record YoY growth, a 15% rise in revenue compared to 2021.
With a strong emphasis on boosting efficiency and finding practical, affordable solutions to optimize data centers, CDS has released two key updates to its software platform. First, the Raytrix MVS platform gets the new Enterprise Pricing Module, which enables customers to get faster data center maintenance quotes. The latest update with direct access to the CDS pricing engine enable partners to accelerate revenue opportunities by generating pricing quotes more quickly.
The new Data Center Modernization Assessment Service by CDS helps partners identify opportunities and unlock savings in their existing enterprise systems. Additionally, this service increases its monitoring capabilities and doubled CDS’ capacity to connect with more enterprise storage systems, find possible issues, and fix them before they impact performance.
Daniel Newton, CEO of CDS, said, “Our partner-first approach, coupled with our deep industry expertise, continues to build trust with our OEM partners and their major customers.” He further added, “With economic uncertainty being a top concern for many enterprises today, we’re looking out for their cost and operational efficiencies so they can focus on meeting the needs of their customers. In 2023, CDS is looking to expand our global footprint by increasing recognition of the strategic and cost-effective importance that multi-vendor services can bring to data centers and IT organizations worldwide.”
(Source – Business Wire)
CDS is the top supplier of multi-vendor support (MVS) services for data centers. High-end storage, server, and network devices are supported for mission-critical data centers via its Raytrix MVS software platform. Through OEMs and channel partners, CDS provides post-warranty support services for a variety of customers across the Americas, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and Japan. The company's maintenance and support services are created to increase the return on investment for these systems by extending the useful life of the IT infrastructure of its clients. With the help of its partnerships with the top worldwide providers of data center infrastructure, CDS is supporting over 700 customers in 45 countries to unlock data center spending across business IT infrastructure with various maintenance needs and cost containment requirements.
Simulations Plus | January 16, 2023
Simulations Plus, Inc. recently announced that its DILIsym Services (DSS) division released DILIsym® version X (DSX) Beta, the latest iteration of its flagship quantitative systems toxicology (QST) software for predicting and investigating drug-induced liver injury (DILI).
DILIsym modeling aids vital drug development decisions by prevising the potential DILI risk of new drug candidates. The modeling also identifies the biochemical events that contribute to DILI caused by a medicine and can thus predict specific subgroups of patients who are more likely to get DILI from that drug.
DILIsym modeling information helps guide go/no-go decisions on big drug development projects, potentially averting the terrible financial impacts of failed clinical trials or better offering reassurance that DILI will not be an insurmountable barrier to FDA approval. Over the past 12 years, the DILIsym Services division has coordinated the DILI-sim Initiative, a public-private partnership that helped guide the development of the DILIsym software package.
Some of the substantial updates for DSX include:
A complete software redesign that includes command line and graphical interface options and server/cloud computing capability (HPGL)
Four new exemplar compounds included with varying clinical presentations:
PF-04895162 (Generaux 2019)
Two new SimCohorts that include variability in susceptibility to liver injury and biomarker-related parameters (ALT and bilirubin)
About Simulations Plus
Simulations Plus, Inc. is a leading drug discovery/development software developer and preclinical and clinical pharmacometric consulting services provider for regulatory submissions and quantitative systems pharmacology models for drug-induced liver, kidney, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Its software is licensed and applied to drug research by major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, and consumer goods companies as well as regulatory agencies worldwide. With its subsidiaries, Cognigen, DILIsym Services, and Lixoft, Simulations Plus offers solutions that bridge machine learning, physiologically based pharmacokinetics, quantitative systems pharmacology/toxicology, and population PK/PD modeling approaches.