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20 Jan, 2015

Don Miller When constructing a paper based on research, it is common practice to include a review of existing literature.  The idea behind including this information is to demonstrate to the reader that a certain level of thought went into the work being carried out.  Ideally armed with a thorough understanding of the subject at hand, the presented work should then build on the existing knowledge; however this … Read More

19 Jan, 2015

Vern Wnek Shortly after I graduated with my Associates degree in technical drafting, I entered the world of computer aided design. I trained in CAD technology on one of the very first computer design systems – CEADS CAD, and we young bucks could not wait to jump right into drawing designs on the computer screen. Our teacher, a tall Texan with a big stern voice, told us that we might come across many CAD systems … Read More

19 Jan, 2015

Colin Walls I am not a great fan of video, as a medium. If I want to learn something, I am more likely to turn to the printed word. It is only when something is intrinsically visual that I turn to YouTube. Like the time I unexpectedly needed to gut some fish – there I was, working in the sink with two slippery fish and a sharp knife, with my wife holding an iPad showing a video of a rugged looking man doing … Read More

16 Jan, 2015

John Day During the Automotive News World Congress this week IBM shared the results of its most recent automotive industry survey, the Automotive 2025 Global Study. IBM reached out to 175 industry executives in 21 countries. Their consensus is that the industry is “ripe for disruptive changes that are breaking down borders of the automotive ecosystem.” “Cognitive vehicles” and “industry co-creation with consumers,” … Read More

14 Jan, 2015

Gary Lameris It’s interesting that in only 2 of the last 5 years PCB design tools made the EDN top 100 Hot Products. In 2013 and again in 2014, of the 7 products in the EDA category of the Hot 100 only 3 were PCB product related. At Mentor Graphics we are therefore absolutely delighted that for 2014 we received 2 of the 3 top 100 Hot product ratings for the high end of PCB System design with Xpedition® xSD  and … Read More

14 Jan, 2015

John McMillan Cool Earth Solar designs and develops solar products to reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. The company has created a scalable, low-cost solution to develop industrial power plants using concentrated photovoltaic technology. “We strive to reduce the most expensive part of the solar collector — the solar cell itself,” says Scott French, Senior Electrical Engineer, “by increasing the power … Read More

14 Jan, 2015

Mark Olen “Who Knew?” about verification IP (VIP), was the theme of a recent DeepChip post by John Cooley on December 18.  More specifically the article states, “Who knew VIP was big and that Wally had a good piece of it?”  We knew. We knew that ASIC and FPGA design engineers can choose to buy design IP from several alternative sources or build their own, but that does not help with the problem of verification.  … Read More

13 Jan, 2015

Michael Ford It is the familiar plot-line for many a TV sit-com, but does the same “party outfit” logic apply to people who buy manufacturing software? Buying “off the shelf” software is fine in most areas of the industry. Who would ask Microsoft for a customised Power-Point application, or perhaps would look to buy a customised Grand Theft Auto? When it comes to manufacturing however, everyone seems … Read More

13 Jan, 2015

Colin Walls I always welcome contributions – guest blog posts – from my colleagues and associates. After all, that reduces the amount of work that I need to do – how could I refuse? But seriously, I think that a different “voice” from time to time is refreshing. My colleague Richard Vlamynck has appeared here before. He has an interesting perspective, sitting right on the cusp of hardware … Read More

12 Jan, 2015

John Day The easier that new technology is to use, the better, in my opinion. I noticed a couple of innovations in the past week that indicated others are thinking the same way. Broadcom, for example, introduced an automotive-grade Near Field Communications (NFC) chip and touted its “tap to connect” technology. It said that drivers could pair a mobile device with their car’s head unit by simply tapping the device … Read More

12 Jan, 2015

Vern Wnek This is the second post in a series showcasing the winners of the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards. View the first here. First place winner in the Computers, Blade & Servers, and Memory Systems category: Seagate Technology, United States. Design: The team used all of the “tricks in the book” to achieve placement and routing within the speed/timing parameters on their mid-range enterprise solid-state … Read More

9 Jan, 2015

Charles Pfeil As you may already know, the Xpedition VX.1 release is now available to customers. I encourage you to take some time to evaluate it because if there is one thing to mention about this release, it is that you will be able to increase your productivity significantly. It can be downloaded at SupportNet. We have added some new interactive routing styles that complement the existing ones quite well. The … Read More

9 Jan, 2015

Robin Bornoff Horror vacui, Natura abhorret vacuum, Resintenza del vacuo; from Aristotle to Galileo, it has long been known that here on earth matter tends to flow from where it is to where it isn’t. Fast forward to Hobbes and Boyle, Newton and Leibniz and we find such concepts being being applied in a fluid dynamics context. From a heat transfer perspective heat energy also tends to flow from where it is to … Read More

7 Jan, 2015
PCB Design

Quick Starts to PCB design

Posted by Gary Lameris

Gary Lameris Have you ever designed a PCB in less than an hour?  Did you include part searching and designing the schematic in the hour?  Now you can… In December 2014, Mentor Graphics in partnership with Digi-Key Corporation released an innovative PCB flow called Designer.  Designer Schematic and Designer Layout are basic PCB schematic and layout tools but with the addition of PartQuest, these tools out perform … Read More

7 Jan, 2015

Vern Wnek This is the first in a series showcasing the winners of the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards. The votes are in for the 2014 TLAs! Congratulations to the 2014 Technology Leadership Award winners! Started in 1988, this program is the longest running competition of its kind in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. The competition recognizes engineers and designers who use innovative methods … Read More

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