Simple, real-time 2D thermal analysis tool designed for non-experts


Tool for real-time thermal simulation of printed circuit boards

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PICLS is a thermal simulation tool which helps designers easily perform thermal simulation of PCBs. Even if you are unfamiliar with thermal simulation, you will obtain a simulation result without stress through the tool's easy and quick operation in 2D. You can import the data of a PCB created in PICLS to scSTREAM and HeatDesigner, that is, you can pass the analysis data seamlessly from the PCB design stage to the mechanical design stage.

Useful applications of PICLS

  • Troubleshooting thermal issues of current products
  • Examining thermal interferences of part layouts
  • Consider heat release changes depending on a wiring pattern (coverage ratio)Examine the arrangement of thermal vias (e.g. location, number)
  • Examine the arrangement of thermal vias (e.g. location, number)
  • Examine the performance of a heat sink
  • Examine the size of a PCB
  • Examine the number of layers and the thickness of copper foil
  • Consider natural/forced air cooling
  • Consider radiant heat
  • Considering heatsinks (number of fins, size
  • Examining heat dissipation performances by connection to enclosure
  • Considering PCB mounting environment

Software Features

External file interface
You can import IDF 3.0 and Gerber data

Consideration of simple enclosure
You can consider heat dissipation by connection to enclosure

You can allocate and display parts such as plate fins and heat dissipation plates

You can register and reuse created parts to the library

Cutting out a PCB
Create a PCB of arbitrary shape by cutting out

Check the layout of components in 3D

Setting wiring pattern coverage ratio
Specify the area by rectangle and polygon

Placing thermal vias
Specify through hole and IVH
Specify filled via

Setting mounting environment
Mount horizontally/vertically
Consider forced air cooling and radiation

Displaying each layer
Check each layer by selecting a focused layer

Real-time display
Check component translation in real time

Report output
Output analysis results as reports

Alert function
You can check parts whose temperature is higher than threshold

Linking with thermo-fluid analysis
Output CAB file for scSTREAM or HeatDesigner

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