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1 Sep, 2014

Michael Ford As humans, it is said that we consume between 2,000 and 2,500 calories per day of energy, 1,300 of which are used just to keep the body alive, including about 300 calories for the brain. The numbers vary from difference sources and of course are averages. Calorie consumption for the brain is said to range from 0.1 of a calorie per minute, up to around 1.5, probably the difference between watching the … Read More

1 Sep, 2014

Colin Walls As I mentioned on a previous occasion, I always welcome questions whenever I make a presentation, do a web seminar, write an article or blog post or whatever. Even very simple queries give me ideas for topics to discuss. I always take the view that, if one engineer poses a question, there are probably a bunch of guys who would also like the answer. Once again, I am turning my attention to C++ … What … Read More

29 Aug, 2014

John Day This probably shouldn’t be a surprise, but it’s an observation supported by research: younger people are a lot more interested in automotive connectivity than older people are, and they are even more interested in mobile connectivity – smartphones and the like. Lochbridge, formerly the Professional Services Division of Compuware, surveyed consumers ranging in age from 18 to 65 to assess their opinions … Read More

29 Aug, 2014

J VanDomelen On 22 Aug. 2014, Arianespace in France launched two satellites into orbit onboard a Russian Soyuz launch vehicle under contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for its Galileo program. News that the launch vehicle failed to inject Galileo satellites 5 and 6 into the correct orbit rocked the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community this month. “Observations taken after the separation of … Read More

29 Aug, 2014

J VanDomelen Arianespace in France launched two satellites on the Russian Soyuz ST rocket. Telemetry data soon revealed that the spacecraft were placed in elliptical (rather than circular) orbit and in a lower orbit than anticipated; as a result, the satellites are operationally redundant, aerospace engineers indicate. Arianespace officials found that an anomaly occurred during “the flight phase involving the [Russian] … Read More

29 Aug, 2014

Robin Bornoff Electronics thermal simulation historically focussed on steady state conditions, worse case scenarios where for example a power dissipation is assumed at a maximum and unchanging. Not a direct reflection of reality but the conservative (over)temperature simulation results enabled design margins to be implicitly factored in. Over the years, as margins reduced and the need for ever more accurate simulations … Read More

28 Aug, 2014

J VanDomelen Europe is in the process of assembling a civilian-operated satellite navigation system, designed to deliver greater precision than the U.S.’s Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation, to the tune of 5.4 billion Euro. The full project calls for 30 modern satellites to be positioned precisely into orbit over the next few years. This week, however, the European Space Agency (ESA) hit a snag … Read More

28 Aug, 2014

J VanDomelen European Space Agency (ESA) officials in Paris reported this week an error—specifically, an orbital injection anomaly—in the launch of its two latest satellites under the Galileo program. Galileo, Europe’s global navigation satellite system, is intended to provide accurate, guaranteed global positioning that is under civilian control. It is interoperable with the United States’ Global Positioning System … Read More

27 Aug, 2014

J VanDomelen SpaceX has been making a big splash recently with the release of the revolutionary Dragon Version 2. Never before has this military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek seen such a futuristic design that is fully functional. The new Dragon v2 is a major leap forward in manned spaceflight. It features many new, advanced, and life-saving features that this geek will highlight as we explore the Dragon v2 in this … Read More

26 Aug, 2014
Mechanical Analysis

Hot Days of Summer

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I moved to England 10 years ago – actually it’ll be 10 years come September 1st. During this time I have seen rain, rain and even more rain. I’ve even lived through some tepid winters and downright cold summers.  In fact, I’ve adopted an endearing habit of the English and have become obsessed with the weather. Take last year for example. We had some nice weather in April (chilly but with warm sun so … Read More

25 Aug, 2014

John Day I knew that the college football season is almost upon us but was unaware until quite recently that it must be acquisition season. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence or, more likely, the end of the calendar year is approaching, but four automotive electronics-related acquisitions in the past couple of weeks (at least five in the past couple of months) seems like a lot. Infineon is acquiring International … Read More

25 Aug, 2014

Charles Pfeil I’m taking a brief break from the routing series to share this upcoming event with you because it’s a great opportunity for you to learn more about the new release of Xpedition. Mentor Graphics is sponsoring a U2U conference for the automotive community at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan on Wednesday, September 10 from 8am to 5pm. If you are able to attend, share your feedback and questions in … Read More

25 Aug, 2014

Shelly Stalnaker Are you stressed out over the effects of stress in your IC designs? Relaaaax…help is here! A new publication on mechanical stress in ICs, co-edited by Valeriy Sukharev, Principal Engineer for Calibre R&D, has just been released by AIP Publishing. Stress-Induced Phenomena and Reliability in 3D Microelectronics includes papers from international workshops held in the U.S., Germany, and Japan. … Read More

23 Aug, 2014

Jamie Little With the Internet of Things (IoT) quickly approaching, embedded designers are working diligently to ready their next generation products for a new set of networking, connectivity and security requirements. The Nucleus RTOS is well positioned for the IoT market given its small microkernel footprint along with a host of connectivity options to support IoT requirements. The Nucleus Innovate Program continues … Read More

20 Aug, 2014

Dennis Brophy The ever popular Accellera Design & Verification Conference held annually in Silicon Valley is going global.  Accellera System Initiative has expanded many of its SystemC user group events to be more inclusive of other Accellera and IEEE standards.  In doing so, the local organizers of these events have moved to adopt the popular DVCon USA style to organize their events to include this large complement … Read More

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