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29 Oct, 2014

Nazita Saye My appreciation of gadgets isn’t anything that should surprise you. I’ve already talked about a few and some have proven more useful than others. For example, my Fitbit One accompanies me on every hike so I can track and then bore my friends with all kinds of useless information while some gadgets such as my waffle iron were bought rather impetuously and get dusted once every blue moon … … Read More

28 Oct, 2014

Colin Walls When I made the very first posting  to this blog, more than five years ago, I made the observation that the world of embedded software is very fashion conscious. I certainly do not mean that embedded software developers are renowned for their dress sense! I am talking about the way that a particular technology is really “hot” at any one time … Every few years, a product or technology … Read More

28 Oct, 2014

J VanDomelen The global aerospace community is buzzing with news of emerging markets making technological advances and historical achievements. Among the nations making headlines is India. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) officials in Bangalore are racking up aerospace wins, which resulted in India being recognized as the first Asian nation to successfully send a satellite into orbit around Mars. India’s … Read More

28 Oct, 2014

J VanDomelen When you think of aerospace innovation, what nations come to mind? The United States, Canada, Russia, and the European Union have all logged significant, if not historical, aerospace achievements. At the same time, military and aerospace (mil/aero) industry pundits recognized Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa as the emerging aerospace markets to watch. Watch we have, and aerospace geeks … Read More

28 Oct, 2014

Robin Bornoff There are 475,000 Google search hits for ‘thermal bottleneck’. It’s a well recognised phrase playing on a very obvious analogy. Despite this there were few attempts to quantify such a parameter. Spurred on by its relevance in electronic thermal design, we did just that, put hard numbers to the concept. FloTHERM now has the ability to plot distributions of  thermal bottleneck, enabling … Read More

27 Oct, 2014

Charles Pfeil When tuning a set of nets in Xpedition Layout, there are methods to do it automatically or manually – or both. The previous post in this routing series explored the use of Auto Tune and the Target Lengths dialog. In this post, we will look at the manual tuning features and the options available for using them in a productive manner. The intent here is to reveal the new capabilities in the context of … Read More

27 Oct, 2014

Danit Atar We all know creating and managing part libraries is not an easy task; it’s time consuming, error prone, and requires constant maintenance.  If you have ever tried using a library that you built with one design tool in a different design tool, you probably got an additional set of problems, starting from schematic parts that don’t reference the correct footprint name, to schematic parts that don’t have … Read More

24 Oct, 2014

John Day Ford said this week that it’s rolling out a driver-assist system that, at least in some cases, may be able to keep cars from running into pedestrians, or if they do, lessen the likelihood of death or serious injury. That’s huge, in my opinion, but there’s more. The system, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, can also help drivers avoid all-too-common rear-end collisions. Ford will launch … Read More

22 Oct, 2014

khanna Just occasionally in life one starts to pass all sorts of anniversary milestones, and, towards the end of this month a major one will be passed for me; 25 years associated with the commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) scene. It still seems like yesterday that I drove my gold-colored Vauxhall Astra 1.3 litre car all the way from Birmingham to Middlesbrough in the UK with all my earthly belongings … Read More

22 Oct, 2014

Don Miller

In my previous blog I made the point that the increasing focus on energy efficiency means that the subject of loss coefficients remains an extremely relevant one.  If the topic were owned or regulated then these blogs would be unnecessary.  However, the fact is that non-replicable results proliferate in the literature, making it difficult for he concerned engineer to exercise ‘due diligence’ in designing

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22 Oct, 2014

John McMillan

If you’ve never attended the PCB Carolina electronics trade show – you have been missing out! This FREE event will be held Nov. 5th at the McKimmon Center at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Organized by the RTP (Research Triangle Park) Chapter of the IPC Designers Council. This show offers education, networking, and a vendor exhibition presenting components, products, software, and services

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21 Oct, 2014

Michael Ford It is a human trait that it seems we all possess. We think that to be a part of a group makes us stronger. There is however more to it than that. There are many types and indeed tiers of grouping, which start to affect us as soon as we’re born. Am I male or female? The family group to which I belong. The family house, a part of a local community, a village, a town, a region and a country, an ethnic … Read More

21 Oct, 2014

John Day Electrical Systems (ES) engineers at the Toyota Technical Center in Saline, Michigan, spent months engaged in customer research in the course of designing the 2015 Toyota Avalon premium midsize sedan that launched this week. The research included clinics, focus groups, surveys, and visits to dealers. “A tremendous effort goes into designing a car that meets design goals,” says Avalon chief engineer … Read More

21 Oct, 2014

Robin Bornoff Lighting accounts for ~20% of the world’s total energy consumption. This is a staggering statistic. Why so much? Historically a lot of energy had to be consumed to produce the required amount of visible light. Incandescent bulbs, where electric current is used to heat a metal filament, resulted in most of the energy being dissipated as heat. More a hot bulb than a light bulb. Even worse for a … Read More

20 Oct, 2014

Colin Walls As I have done before, I am continuing to catalog a wide selection of my articles that have appeared at embedded.com. Another 4 today … Simulation – better than the real thing? With a complex embedded system, work needs to start on the software long before the hardware is available. Indeed, it may be necessary to commence work even before the hardware design is finalized. Software engineers need … Read More

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