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12 Aug, 2014

Matt Radochonski Our product teams have been producing some fantastic content lately and three of our latest webinars are now available free & on-demand.  Click the links below to check them out and peruse the videos at your leisure. Debugging Multicore and Heterogeneous Embedded Systems: Learn how to debug complex multi operating system, multi-core and heterogeneous architecture based systems independently and … Read More

12 Aug, 2014

Tom Fitzpatrick As some of you may have seen, we release a great DAC edition of Verification Horizons back in June. Unfortunately, we were so focused on preparing for a great Verification Academy Booth at DAC that I completely forgot to blog about the issue! Well, as the saying goes, “better late than never.”  In particular, I’d like to call your attention to two articles. The first is “Best … Read More

11 Aug, 2014

Colin Walls I have always liked writing. From an early age, I had an ambition to write a book. My first attempt, in my mid-teens, was a science fiction novel. It was not a success. I wrote about 100 pages and I may even still have the typescript. I remember being embarrassed last time I looked at it. One of the best days of my life was back in 1986, when a jiffy bag arrived in the mail containing a book with my … Read More

7 Aug, 2014

John McMillan The days of backing-up and archiving PCB design data or running a script that bundles-up a targeted set of design files and created a time-stamped zip file are long gone. Proper archives are essential to back-up and manage all of your design data. Today’s PCB teams require a powerful design-driven storage methodology that not only promotes effective data backups, but also increases productivity … Read More

7 Aug, 2014
IC Manufacturing

Failing to Succeed

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker Failure analysis is a critical process in successful IC production. No matter how comprehensive the design rules are, no matter how thorough the verification strategies are, there will be chip failures in production. Understanding the cause of these failures is crucial to being able to implement design strategies and corrective technology to ensure the failures are eliminated in future designs. At its … Read More

6 Aug, 2014

John Day This week at the Management Briefing Seminar, sponsored by the Center for Automotive Research, Volkswagen of America (VW) described the “holistic” approach it plans to take with its 2015 e-Golf, the all-electric, zero tailpipe emissions vehicle scheduled to go on sale later this year at participating dealerships in select US states. I’m looking forward to seeing it. Though it has the tailpipe covered, … Read More

5 Aug, 2014

Ricardo Anguiano Ship better products faster with Mentor Embedded’s comprehensive suite of run-time platforms, development tools and custom engineering services. Our Qt-based patient monitoring demo and the underlying Mentor Embedded run-time platforms, development tools and technologies are featured in the video below. Featured in this video: Sourcery CodeBench – Our Eclipse based, GNU Toolchain backed … Read More

4 Aug, 2014

Colin Walls I started a couple of weeks ago, when I received an email from Sandeep Vasant from Ahmedabad University in India. For reasons that he has yet to reveal, he was having trouble with some code like this: int a=10, b=20, c=0; c = a++ + a++ + b++ + b++ + ++a + ++b; He tried this with one compiler and the resulting values of a, b and c were 13, 23 and 96 respectively. He was satisfied with this result. … Read More

4 Aug, 2014

Charles Pfeil What comes to mind when you are ready to tune the routing on a design? Among many thoughts, I seriously doubt that exclamations of joy are running through your head. Sure, after completing the routing of a circuit there is some excitement that a new phase of the process is starting; yet it doesn’t take too long for the fun coupons to run out as you have to deal with the tuning complexity and lack of … Read More

4 Aug, 2014

John McMillan

Since the release of PADS VX there have been some great questions regarding the integrated project use of xDX Designer and notably, no mention of PADS Logic. In this blog I’ll explore some of today’s typical use cases for each of these front-end tools. PADS Logic is a well-established and reliable front-end tool of choice for many ECAD engineers and has been so for many years and for good reasons.

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31 Jul, 2014

Michael Ford With some 20 years of software development specifically for the improvement of PCB electronics manufacturing, I have seen a few things come and go. It was in those very early days, before the IBM PC, before LANs, and of course before email and the internet, the I set out with my initial team to resolve manufacturing issues with computers. We made our own crude LAN systems. We saved data on to cassette … Read More

31 Jul, 2014

J VanDomelen Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) officials, having hosted Farnborough International Airshow 2014 earlier this month in England, added a space component to the biennial aviation event. Their timing is perhaps right on, given that the commercial space vertical is growing faster than many aerospace industry segments—with the exception of commercial aviation, of course. The commercial space industry … Read More

30 Jul, 2014

John Day I had no idea, until I spoke earlier this week with Ian Wright, founder and CEO of a small San Jose California company called Wrightspeed, that a sizable percentage of garbage trucks (solid waste collection vehicles) in California no longer meet California Air Resources Board (ARB) emission standards and must be replaced. With new trucks costing in the vicinity of $500,000, that could be an expensive … Read More

30 Jul, 2014

J VanDomelen More than $201 billion U.S.—that is the total sum of orders and commitments placed at Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2014 this month in Farnborough, England, according to Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) officials. The figure represents an extremely positive note for the global aerospace industry, an FIL spokesperson says. Exhibitors at FIA2014, over the course of five days, announced orders … Read More

29 Jul, 2014

J VanDomelen A Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was severely damaged when it erupted in flames on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on the morning of 23 June 2014. That singular event would have been enough to garner U.S. attention; yet, it has gained considerable attention among the global military and aerospace (mil/aero) market. Pentagon officials in Washington grounded the entire fleet of F-35 … Read More

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