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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

13 Feb, 2015

John Day Sen. Edward J. Markey (D Mass.) In a report issued last week Massachusetts Democratic Senator Edward J. Markey says wireless technologies leave vehicles exposed to hackers, and new standards are needed to plug security and privacy gaps in cars and trucks. Hacking is a serious concern, and the thought of some nefarious thing happening as we drive is scary, to say the least. Senator Markey’s report, “Tracking … Read More

13 Feb, 2015

Colin Walls In the UK, it is well known that an early sign of being old is making the observation “don’t the policemen look young”. As I am an advocate of the “60 is the new 40″ concept [even though I have a couple of years to go], I like to think of myself as being up to date on most things. However, there are some areas of life that challenge me. Clothes fashion is one [that has … Read More

11 Feb, 2015

Dennis Brophy Accellera Approves Creation of Portable Stimulus Working Group At DVCon 2014, Mentor Graphics proposed Accellera launch an exploratory exercise, called a Proposed Working Group (PWG), to determine if there was sufficient interest and need to create a standard in this area.  To help motivate the consideration of this activity, we indicated we would offer our graph-based test specification embodied in … Read More

10 Feb, 2015

Colin Walls Although I doubt that many engineers habitually view things this way, marketing folks like to divide the world into sectors. So, embedded systems might be in telecoms, medical, automotive, consumer, mil-aero, or industrial. There are probably others that I have not thought of. Each sector has its own characteristics and may or may not sound interesting to be involved in. Automotive is quite high profile … Read More

10 Feb, 2015

Robin Bornoff A full 3D thermal simulation of an electronic system requires, not surprisingly, a 3D geometric representation of the proposed design. Much of the design data for a phone, laptop, blade server, IGBT cooling system etc. often already resides in an MCAD system and is readily importable into FloTHERM or loadable into FloTHERM XT. EDA design data, be it a PCB layout or BGA substrate, is often held in 2 … Read More

9 Feb, 2015

Matt Radochonski Today we announced  the embedded systems industry’s broadest portfolio for industrial automation, featuring a  unique multi-platform approach and robust security architecture, enabling embedded product developers to create more feature-rich, power-efficient, safe and secure systems. It encompasses a breadth of runtime platform options, customized development tools, system partitioning, power management, … Read More

9 Feb, 2015

Paul Johnston When you implement software like Capital there are some characteristics of the project which will mark it out as an enterprise-wide investment for success. For myself, used to the vendor perspective I see a it as something natural we construct products in such a way as to facilitate additions and extensions. Over the next few posts I will look at what I have found to be good and less effective practices … Read More

8 Feb, 2015

Harry Foster FPGA Design Trends In my previous blog, I introduced the 2014 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study (click here). The objective of my previous blog was to provide an overview on our large, worldwide industry study. The key findings from this study will be presented in a set of upcoming blogs. In this blog, I present trends related to various aspects of FPGA design to illustrate growing … Read More

6 Feb, 2015

John Day There is a lot of excitement in the automotive industry about potential applications for Ethernet. For one example, Broadcom recently introduced a new BroadR-Reach® automotive Ethernet chip optimized for use in low-power applications. Broadcom said the chip’s low power potential enables uses cases beyond infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and into telematics, shark fin antennas, … Read More

5 Feb, 2015

Mark Forbes The close of DesignCon features the Best in Design & Test Awards. The awards span a variety of categories from design tools, to test, to validation and fabrication. We joined a few dozen other eager folks in the Chip Head Theater for the presentation of the awards. Since there was no one available from the Xpedition flow, all eyes fell on me to accept the award, should we win. Now, I’m more of a … Read More

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