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27 Sep, 2014

J VanDomelen Late last month, engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, completed testing the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the space agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or three-dimensional (3D) printing. The highly complex part NASA engineers designed is a rocket engine injector, which is responsible for sending propellant into the engine, and … Read More

24 Sep, 2014

John Day IESF (Mentor Graphics’ Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum) is scheduled for October 23 at the Marriott Hotel in Munich. Great city. Great event. Visit http://www.mentor.com/events/iesf/ to view an agenda, or to register. IESF begins with three keynotes, then breaks into four tracks: Electrical System Design & Harnessing; AUTOSAR, Network Design and Integration; ADAS (advanced driver assistance … Read More

22 Sep, 2014

Jay Gorajia Have you underestimated the costs of manufacturing a product?   Cost overruns killing your planned margins? Don’t really know if design decisions have any effect on final manufacturing costs?  Under pressure to reduce your costs, but don’t understand where the costs are coming from? Some say understanding the “cost of manufacturing” is an elusive number.  However, with a well-designed systematized Factory … Read More

22 Sep, 2014

Colin Walls Once again, I am mining a backlog of interesting questions that came up during an online C++ class. Of course, as is inevitable, not all the questions are about [or at least specific to] C++… What is the idea behind the provision of multiple constructors for a class? A constructor is a function that is executed automatically when an instance of a class [an object] is created. It has the same name … Read More

20 Sep, 2014

John Day The past few weeks have been busy ones for Renesas Electronics, a major supplier of chips for automotive and other applications. The company introduced the R-Car V2H, its third-generation R-Car system-on-a-chip (SoC) and the first in the series optimized for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS); 40 nm RH850/C1x microcontrollers (MCUs) for hybrid and electric vehicle motor control applications, … Read More

19 Sep, 2014

Robin Bornoff A recently issued patent describes a process by which the critical IC temperature (junction temperature, Tj) can be determined in an end user environment. A critical junction temperature is one that, should the IC temperature go beyond it, will continue to increase in a thermal runaway scenario. In other words the environment in which the IC is operating can’t get the heat out quick enough. The … Read More

18 Sep, 2014

Colin Walls This is the first in an occasional series of postings with the title “Six of the Best”. This phrase is probably meaningless to many people outside of the UK and Australia and it is quite old fashioned here. It referred to the practice of punishing children with six lashes of a cane – a practice that is, hopefully, now consigned to history. However, I am not going to talk about corporal … Read More

18 Sep, 2014

Don Miller In this blog series I will cover the historical context which lead to the creation of Internal Flow Systems.  Covering both the motives and the methods behind the book and inevitably raises questions about the reliability of many of the other available sources of available data.  It will also make it clear that this isn’t a subject of academic interest alone; the subject of loss coefficients and system … Read More

17 Sep, 2014

Rich Rejmaniak It doesn’t matter if you’re reading this the day that it’s published, or decades later, there are some simple facts about computing devices that have held true since their inception.  A few years from now there will be processors available that far outstrip the current offerings in compute power and system complexity.  These processors will be cheaper than what you can get now.  Pretty much every … Read More

17 Sep, 2014

John McMillan

“Most cattle are healthy most of the time; it’s the ones that aren’t that you need to know about.” We can never overstate the importance of cattle in our lives. Cows are not raised just for their meat, milk, and leather. The fact is, there are more products produced from cattle that are used in our everyday lives than many of us can fathom. Medical and pharmaceutical companies for example, use insulin

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16 Sep, 2014

Colin Walls I have written before about multicore systems – here for example – and looked at AMP vs SMP and various other aspects of the technology. As the use of multicore designs has become increasingly mainstream, the options and possible configurations available has increased drastically. A particular facet is the incorporation of a hypervisor in an AMP system … All embedded systems have finite … Read More

16 Sep, 2014

Jamie Little Customers building applications for consumer products, medical devices, industrial automation, mil/aero, smart devices and so on have common concerns around managing data. Many developers turn to the Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol that lets programs make requests for files and services on remote computers on the Internet. Since CIFS uses the client/server programming model, the client … Read More

16 Sep, 2014

Nazita Saye In my job I need to exercise a fair bit of creativity. Sometimes my ideas are readily picked up. Some require a lot of massaging and some never see the light of day… I used to take criticism of my ideas personally but not since hanging out with engineers. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from you guys is that there’s no such thing as failure – only outcomes. As Thomas Edison famously said “I … Read More

15 Sep, 2014

Andre Mosley It’s like moving furniture around and then finding out later you don’t like the sofa. Much of the your end PCB product costs can be directly influenced by the parts selected up front during the schematic capture phase of the design process.  When you incorporate information into the designer’s part selection interface such as preferred part status, compliance, and/or obsolescence; you can reduce the … Read More

13 Sep, 2014

John McMillan The foundation of every PCB design is its libraries. And we all know that PCB designers and Librarians can spend a significant amount of time developing  the logic and footprint symbols required for each design. Well, here at Mentor Graphics we feel your pain. In fact, we’ve made a significant investment in PADS libraries that gives you, our users, immediate access to a new proven, pre-built, … Read More

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