Future Facilities announces Release 11 of its thermal simulation suite, 6SigmaET

Future Facilities has launched the 11th iteration of its leading thermal simulation software, 6SigmaET. The new edition includes an updated user interface designed for greater speed and accessibility, as well as an increase in the maximum resolution – allowing users to solve models up to 700 million grid cells across their designs.


In addition to improved gridding capabilities, 6SigmaET has also announced a new Double Precision Solver function, designed to improve the calculation of the temperature residual in order to solve models in significantly fewer iterations.


The renewed focus on speed and solve time comes following independent research from Thales Global Services, which highlighted that 6SigmaET’s meshing time is up to 41x faster than its nearest competitor, with model convergence being reached 2.7x faster in an equivalent design.


In addition to solve times, 6SigmaET has also improved its integration with the Rescale cloud platform. Since early 2016 6SigmaET has partnered with Rescale to offer high-powered solving without the need for high-end, on premise hardware. Within Release 11, users can now send models to Rescale for solving, monitor progress and retrieve results directly from the 6SigmaET user interface. They can also now use a client PC to submit and retrieve 6SigmaET jobs from a CFD server on a high-performance-computing cluster in the cloud.


Other additions to 6SigmaET Release 11 include:

•    Customisable ribbons: New simplified menu allows users to add and remove regularly accessed features

•    Import Wizard: A new IDF and IDX import wizard ensures even simpler file imports

•    File locking: Improved file locking guarantees that collaborative projects cannot be accidentally saved over

•    Approximate component models: 6SigmaET will now recommend similar library objects when an exact match is unavailable

•    Planar isotropic conductivity normal to surface: Allows flexible or bent PCBs to be modelled and solved accurately


Commenting on the new release, Tom Gregory, product manager at Future Facilities said: “The launch of Release 11 represents a renewed focus for 6SigmaET, prioritising super-fast solving, usability and the on-going move towards cloud computing.


“Since the last major upgrade to 6SigmaET in mid-2016, Future Facilities has grown and evolved significantly as a company. With a user base that has more than doubled, the 6SigmaET platform is seen as a staple of thermal design amongst international electronics providers such as Bosch, Motorola and Selex ES. As the demands of this expanding client base evolve, so too must the 6SigmaET platform.”



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