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24 Jul, 2014

Colin Walls Some time ago, I wrote about my view on the future of music. In a nutshell, I was saying that live performance was what it was all about. Time has moved on and I have further thoughts on the topic. Also, over that time, e-books have become quite mainstream and I question where that technology is taking us. It seems that David Bowie has been having the same kind of thoughts … Some time ago, Mr. … Read More

23 Jul, 2014
Mechanical Analysis

Busting Myths

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I went out to a dinner party this past Saturday. I sat next to an ex-colleague who I now consider among my dearest friends. I met him five jobs ago – a while back we decided that it was kinder to our psyche to talk about jobs as opposed to the number of years. He is a brilliant engineer and has many years of simulation software use under his belt. He leads a team of several junior engineers who work … Read More

22 Jul, 2014
IC Manufacturing

Global Warming

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker If you’re designing large die such as a system-on-chip (SoC) with high power demands, you’d better be thinking about how to get the heat out. Poor heat dissipation can lead to a sub-optimal packaging solution from cost, size, weight and performance perspectives. Historically, designers assumed the die temperature was uniform. Not any more. Heating due to current leakage makes power dissipation … Read More

22 Jul, 2014
PCB Design

Taking a new Route

Posted by Gary Lameris

Gary Lameris The weather has been warm in Colorado this week, so that means the windows and doors are now off the jeep. When I’m enjoying the open air I prefer to go on the less used roads, even if my journey is longer. This means I have to turn off the automatic mindless driving mode and think about the journey.  For example, I don’t automatically turn left to get on the main road, I want to go forward … Read More

21 Jul, 2014

Colin Walls Multicore continues to be a hot topic, as an ever-increasing number of embedded systems are designed with multiple CPUs – most commonly multiple cores on a chip. One of the challenges with understanding multicore is that the term actually covers a number of architectures and approaches to design. This is a topic that I have discussed somewhat before, but the increasing popularity of multicore … Read More

21 Jul, 2014

Shelly Stalnaker No, that’s not really a cry for help, at least not from me. But I can imagine a lot of designers saying just that as they try to understand and implement multi-patterning requirements. LELE? LELELE? LELELELE? SADP? SADP SIT? Whhaaaatttt???!!! And help we have. In spades. Our resident multi-patterning expert, David Abercrombie, not only writes extensively about multi-patterning issues, but he is … Read More

21 Jul, 2014

John Day Voice recognition in connected cars is great as far as it goes, but there are times (at least in my experience) when it doesn’t go quite far enough, and in those times it would be nice to hear a friendly greeting from a competent human being. “We focus on the smooth, elegant transition from technology-based service to live assistance, and there is a lot of opportunity in that space between the call … Read More

21 Jul, 2014

Vern Wnek This is the third post in this series. View the first and second one. In this series we have talked about the placement challenges that occur when we, as PCB designers, do not get complete information from the engineers. Without enough information, we can’t move forward independently. So, how do we correct the issue? Training. But, in order to create a “rock star” design team, training must be a two … Read More

18 Jul, 2014

Robin Bornoff I’m sure in the (far) future, product design and manufacture will just involve a big box that you can ask to make things for you. “A leg driven transport device with communication, health monitoring and illumination functions that will last me the week. Please Mr. Box” (or ‘Bob the making box’ as I’d call mine). Out it would pop. Think Star Trek Next Generation Replicator, … Read More

16 Jul, 2014

Matt Radochonski Welcome to another blog post in our Guest Blogger series.  Today Phil Brumby (contact information below) , our Technical Marketing Engineer responsible for our graphics and user interface products checks in with his second guest blogger item to discuss embedded UI implementation. You can read his first guest blogger item on utilizing Qt by clicking here. In my 8 years of experience implementing user … Read More

16 Jul, 2014

John McMillan As a follow-up to my recent article in Printed Circuit Design & Fab; pcdandf.com, entitled; Effectively Managing PCB Design Constraints, we have published a new whitepaper entitled Why PCB Design Constraints Should Drive Your Design Flow. In this whitepaper we describe how a constraint-based design not only optimizes the PCB design process but also improves design time-to-market. PADS Constraint … Read More

15 Jul, 2014

John Day The EV (Electric Vehicle) Roadmap 7 conference is coming up next Thursday and Friday (July 24-25) at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon. If you’re in the area, or can get there, visit http://evroadmapconference.com/ to register. Mentor Graphics is an enthusiastic supporter of the conference, so use the promotional code MENTOR0214 and get $50 off the regular registration price. EV Roadmap 7 is … Read More

14 Jul, 2014

Scott Salzwedel   “Ah, yeah…  I’m okay, but my portable device just died.”    “Your portable device, sir?”    “Yeah, the portable medical device I use to monitor my vitals.”    “Sir, let me connect you to a software developer who knows a thing or two about power management.”         There are portable devices and then there are portable medical devices. And while the malfunction or sluggishness of your smartphone … Read More

14 Jul, 2014

Colin Walls As I have talked about before, I am particularly interested in programming languages, with a strong focus on embedded, of course. So, I always take a look when I see a survey that looks at what developers are using and what the trends are. When I saw that the IEEE were publishing some results, they really had my attention. However, all was not what it seems … The IEEE results may be viewed interactively … Read More

11 Jul, 2014

Michael Ford LEDs came on to the scene just as I was in high school. Having had several feeble little torches on my bike as a kid, with many failed experiments to make the “feeble little wicks” a bit brighter, I saw LEDs as a wonderful technology. Throughout the years that have followed, we have brighter LEDs, and different colours – I was in Japan as the first wave of individual blue LEDs went on sale, some of … Read More

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