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2 Mar, 2015

Colin Walls Each Fall, just before the weather becomes too horrible, I get to attend ECS [Embedded Conference Scandinavia] in Stockholm, Sweden. It has become a good event for embedded developers in that area and I am pleased that my paper submissions seem to result in a couple of acceptances each year. This year, I assume ECS will be in 6 months or so, but the organizers are inaugurating a new event … Next … Read More

2 Mar, 2015

Robin Bornoff Semi-Therm, the world’s largest dedicated electronics thermal conference, will take place between March 15-19 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California. Now in it’s 31st year, this IEEE sponsored conference maintains its high standards in peer reviewed papers covering a range of disciplines within the electronics cooling field. As usual, the Mechanical Analysis Division of Mentor … Read More

27 Feb, 2015

John Day fliCharge International Ltd. (pronounced fly-charge), which developed the wireless smartphone charging technology used in vehicles from Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota, has introduced a USB Auto-Detect PowerDisc for charging iPads, tablets, smartphones and a wide variety of other devices. Its patented fliCharge wire-free conductive charging technology has charging efficiencies of over 95%, according to the … Read More

26 Feb, 2015

Gordon Allan A colleague recently asked me: Has anything changed? Do design teams tape-out nowadays without GLS (Gate-Level Simulation)? And if so, does their silicon actually work? In his day (and mine), teams prepared in 3 phases: hierarchical gate-level netlist to weed out X-propagation issues, then full chip-level gate simulation (unit delay) to come out of reset and exercise all I/Os, and weed out any other … Read More

25 Feb, 2015

John Day Time does indeed march on. One of the first things I noticed when I slipped behind the wheel of a 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited was the lack of a CD player. You can still find them in some new cars, but not this one. The Chrysler, however, has USB and AUX ports, and should be able to accommodate a portable player if all that is accessible via Bluetooth and Chrysler’s UConnect multimedia system isn’t enough. Pairing … Read More

24 Feb, 2015

John McMillan The CAD Library White Paper Series: Part 1 – Molded Body Parts The CAD library is the starting point that affects every process from PCB layout through PCB manufacturing and assembly. There are dozens of things to consider when creating a CAD library. Each can directly affect the quality of the part placement, via fanout, trace routing, post processing, fabrication and assembly processes. Yet, … Read More

24 Feb, 2015
Mechanical Analysis

Engineering Love

Posted by Robin Bornoff

Robin Bornoff It’s National Engineer’s Week in the US this week. A similar event takes place in the UK in March. I’ve been lucky enough to have been an engineer (mechanical) for my entire career and long may it continue! However I didn’t start out enthusiastic about engineering at all. When I was young I never really had an interest in renovating cars, fixing engines or taking things apart … Read More

23 Feb, 2015

Harry Foster It’s my favorite time of year again—DVCon!  And I believe that the DVCon 2015 technical program committee has put together one of the technically best DVCon’s in years. In this blog I plan on highlighting a few DVCon events that you might want to put on your calendar. First, at this year’s conference the Verification Academy has a dedicated booth (#301), and I hope you stop by to say hello to myself, … Read More

23 Feb, 2015

Colin Walls In the United States, this is National Engineers Week. This annual event is aimed at raising awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] and the great contribution that workers in this area contribute to society. As a strong supporter and enthusiast for STEM subjects, even though I am not located in the US, I am very keen to participate in the activities this week. With this … Read More

20 Feb, 2015

John Day Volvo wants to integrate self-driving cars into real traffic with ordinary people, as opposed to professional drivers, behind the wheel. This week they described in some detail what they call the Drive Me project. Their plan is to put 100 self-driving cars in the hands of customers on selected roads around Gothenburg, Sweden by 2017, which is practically the day after tomorrow in automotive terms. To … Read More

20 Feb, 2015

Nazita Saye I don’t know about you but I used to break into a sweat when I’d meet someone new because invariably they’d ask the question. What do you do? Since I love what I do, I’d always go into a speech about computational fluid dynamics (CFD) until a chance occurrence at a party made me change my behavior a few years ago. At his birthday party, an English friend of mine introduced me to one of his friends who … Read More

19 Feb, 2015

Michael Ford There are worse places in the world to be than San Diego, especially in February, and especially it seems in 2015. The weather looks like being nice over the duration of the APEX show, though of course most of the day will be spent inside….. APEX this year promises to be as great as ever, a full show-floor, and some interesting technical and this time, business presentations. The Mentor Graphics Valor team … Read More

19 Feb, 2015

Matthew Ballance It’s amazing how quickly a year goes by. DVCon 2014 seems like it was just a few months ago, and here we are rolling up on DVCon 2015. As my colleague Dennis Brophy blogged earlier, it was just a year ago that Mentor Graphics proposed that Accellera launch a Proposed Working Group (PWG) to explore whether sufficient need and interest existed in the industry to standardize a portable stimulus specification. … Read More

16 Feb, 2015

Paul Johnston The previous blog described why software vendors build out their off-the-shelf products with arrangements for functional extensibility. Also I reviewed what motivates companies designing and manufacturing transportation electrical interconnect to expect, ask for and then subsequently use an Application Programming Interface (API). Now, drawn from my experience of Capital’s deployment at customer sites … Read More

16 Feb, 2015

Colin Walls The largest event in the world of embedded systems takes place in Nuremberg, Germany on Tuesday-Thursday next week. Embedded World is an annual trade show with a highly-regarded technical conference. This is an annual pilgrimage for me, as I generally have papers in the conference. This year is no exception … Mentor Embedded has a strong presence at the show, with a large booth, featuring a wide … Read More

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