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23 Apr, 2014

Kamran Shah If you’re a customer of ours you should have already received an e-mail with instructions on how to update products such as Mentor Embedded Linux and the Automotive Technology Platfrom that include OpenSLL, and in some cases versions of OpenSLL with the Hearbleed bug and vulnerability. Logo representing Heartbleed from security company Codenomicon. If you’re not an active customer of Mentor Embedded … Read More

Linux, Security

22 Apr, 2014

Colin Walls Quite a while ago, I made the observation that wireless connection technologies were everywhere. Nothing has changed, of course. In fact there are even more wireless devices around and, with the advent of the Internet of Things, numbers will continue to increase drastically. The term “wireless”, to some extent, means different things to different people, but it usually boils down to a data … Read More

22 Apr, 2014

Kamran Shah Earlier this month at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) I was interviewed by Andy Frame from ARM about some quick thoughts on the Internet of Things (IoT). I hope you’ll appreciate that I do call out that IoT does have an issue in many minds as being a buzzword. All the marketing fluff aside, my personal experiences have shown that connectivity and greater information can have a positive impact … Read More

Security, arm trustzone, internet-of-things, ARM, Nucleus RTOS, Power Management, IoT, Low Power

21 Apr, 2014

John Day I’ve not experienced this particular problem – with one exception – but I can well imagine that others have: a driver’s rearward visibility is marred by cargo, tall passengers, inclement weather, or what have you. Not good. Nissan is offering a solution – a Smart Rearview Mirror that combines a newly developed narrow-angle camera and a specially shaped LCD monitor. The monitor has an aspect … Read More

Nissan Rogue, rearview mirror, New York Auto Show, Smart Rearview Mirror

17 Apr, 2014

Kamran Shah Many of us have spent this week resetting passwords and upgrading some software as a result of the recently discovered Heartbleed security bug. I didn’t really have such a fundamental issue that impacted so many systems all of us work with on a daily basis in mind when we scheduled our panel discussion on Security Strategies for Internet of Things (IoT) Systems. The bug did however reinforce to … Read More

heartbleed, internet-of-things, cloud services, IoT, Security

17 Apr, 2014

Mark Laing Hi there Great show this year in Las Vegas for Apex. Hall was full of exhibitors and the traffic was good on all days. One of our themes this year was reducing the chaos of all the many part and package libraries that are created and managed to support PCB manufacturing. I spoke with Andy Shaughnessy on the iConnect booth about this. Please click on the link below to view the interview. Please let me … Read More

package libraries, part libraries, apex, AXI, VPL, AOI, Flying Probe, libraries, process preparation, documentation

15 Apr, 2014

Kamran Shah Last week Freescale announced two new SoCs based on the Layerscape architecture to the QorIQ family of processing platforms. These new SoCs extend the QorIQ family to a high performance networking solution at a lower power. The QorIQ LS2085A and LS2045A provide this power optimized performance based on 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores. As Freescale’s preferred partner we’ll of course make sure … Read More

Cortex-A57, Freescale, ARM, Layerscape

15 Apr, 2014
Mechanical Analysis

Future World

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye One of my recent social media feeds hit me like a ton of bricks over the weekend. “Yesterday belongs to the past. Tomorrow is the future. Today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present” (Bill Keane). I sat there blinking at it for a while letting the thought sink in. You see I recently had discovered that while out walking some 600+ miles around the English countryside over the past couple … Read More

FloTHERM XT, FloEFD, Thermal, T3ster

14 Apr, 2014

Colin Walls I recently presented a session at EE Live! on USB 3.0, which proved quite popular. There were a number of questions and discussion about what is wrong with USB [mainly the connectors] and where it is going in the future. Of course, the question of USB 3.1 came up … My class included very little information on USB 3.1 because the standard is not yet finalized. It is slated for late 2014 and there … Read More

USB, USB 3.0, USB 3.1

11 Apr, 2014

John Day In my last post I noted the launch by Freescale and Broadcom of a single-chip automotive microcontroller (MCU) that supports compact video compression and fast transmission of video data throughout a vehicle over unshielded twisted pair cabling. The firms said cabling weight could be reduced by up to 30% and connectivity costs reduced by up to 80%. But wait, there’s more. Cable weight in cars … Read More

automotive infotainment, Broadcom, Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), Maxim Integrated Products, microcontrollers, Freescale Semiconductor, head-up displays

11 Apr, 2014

Charles Pfeil This is the second post in this routing series. View the introduction post here. To increase fabrication yield, it is important to center the traces between the fanout vias inside the BGA area. Large BGAs are usually 1mm pitch and medium sized ones are 0.8mm. Then we go down to 0.65, 0.5, 0.45 and 0.4. Is anybody designing with even finer pitch BGAs? In any case, it is important to center the traces … Read More

11 Apr, 2014

J VanDomelen NASA officials want you – to cast your vote. Now through 15 April 2014, aerospace geeks everywhere have the opportunity to vote on their favorite futuristic space suit design. NASA’s next space suit, the Z-2, is the second and newest prototype in the space organization’s Z series of next-generation spacesuits. Its predecessor, the Z-1 suit, was named one of the best inventions of 2012 by Time Magazine. … Read More

Military, Milaero, nasa, 3D scanning, Aerospace, 3D Printing, Mentor.com, Space suit, Technology, Mil-Aero, Mentor, Z-1, z-2, Mentor Graphics

10 Apr, 2014

Dennis Brophy Its always fun to take the wraps off of solutions we have been hard at work developing.  The global team of Mentor Graphics engineers have spent considerable time and energy to bring the next level of SoC design and verification productivity to what seems to be a never ending response to Moore’s Law.  As silicon feature sizes get smaller, design sizes get larger and the verification problem mushrooms.  … Read More

UPF, UVM, Codelink, Enterprise Verification Platform, Accellera, Portable Stimulus, VirtuaLAB, Gary Smith EDA, Moore's Law

9 Apr, 2014

Jamie Little We’re seeing an explosion around portable devices in the market. From consumer gadgets to medical devices to industrial instruments, battery operated, handheld and wearable devices are penetrating many sectors of the market. While these new class of devices tend to be more compact compared to prior generations, they offer a great deal of connectivity and functionality packed into these smaller and more … Read More

wearables, RTOS, Ineda Systems, IoT, Dhanush, Nucleus, Power Management, Low Power, MIPS

8 Apr, 2014

Matt Radochonski Today we have a guest-blogger appearance.  Phil Brumby is a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer for our Runtime Solutions team and manages the technical and engineering developments for development for our graphics and user interface products. He led a web seminar a few weeks ago titled “Create Compelling User Interfaces for Embedded with Qt Framework” and received more questions than he … Read More

UI, User Interface, Embedded Linux, Linux, CodeBench, Qt, Qt framework, Nucleus, Q&A

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