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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

3 Feb, 2015
IC Design

SPIEs Among Us

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker The 40th SPIE Advanced Lithography conference will be held at the San Jose Convention Center, February 22-26. Over the past few years, this conference has grown in scope to include emerging patterning technologies like directed self-assembly (DSA) and design-process-technology co-optimization. Underlying all the presentations, posters, panels, and hallway chatter are the common goals and challenges: … Read More

3 Feb, 2015

Vern Wnek This is the fifth post in a series showcasing the winners of the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards. View the previous ones here. Runner up for the Consumer Electronics & Handheld category: Wizlogix, Singapore Design: Modem and application processor Design team: Vivian Ong Ai Lian, Tan Shean Huey, Romeo Pineda Design challenges: Traces/spaces at 2.36th with constraint areas under multiple FPGAs High … Read More

3 Feb, 2015

Don Miller Commissioning BHRA Test Rigs Having recently joined the project team at BHRA that was to develop a design guide for loss coefficients in large scale flow systems, I had the opportunity to commission the new test rigs that we would be using.  From experience I knew that bringing a new wind tunnel online could take months before conditions were acceptable in the test section; however I certainly underestimated … Read More

2 Feb, 2015

Colin Walls My friend and colleague Richard Vlamynck has proposed another guest posting and I am more than happy to accommodate him. Apart from helping me and doing the rest of his day job, Richard puts in time, as I do, trying to assist people on various social networking sites. This can certainly be challenging, as, while many posts are genuine pleas for help from engineers who need to tap someone else’s … Read More

2 Feb, 2015
Mechanical Analysis

Gimme more light

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I’m a perfectly good driver but I don’t enjoy driving in the dark on unfamiliar roads.  Recently I found myself driving in the dark from one village to another on a country lane in the deepest darkest Wiltshire. For those of you unfamiliar with Wilshire, it is a county in the South West of England. Here’s a picture of a typical country lane in Wiltshire. These roads are just wide enough for a car to … Read More

30 Jan, 2015

J VanDomelen The military and aerospace (mil/aero) has had its ups and downs. Whereas military investment has been stagnant in the U.S. and Europe, other countries – including Brazil, Turkey, India, and more – continue to bolster their defenses. Even so, the global military market is being outpaced by the aerospace sector. The aerospace market is a bright spot in the mil/aero community – and it shows few signs of … Read More

30 Jan, 2015

Michael Ford Hollywood has a great way of showing us the future. How many movies have there been where some hapless security person get their thumb, finger, or even hand cut off in order that the bad guys gain access to some top secret facility. Is this now going to start to happen? Now that mobile handsets are starting to incorporate the use of a thumb-print scanner in place of the password or pin, especially as … Read More

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