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25 Jun, 2014

John Day The entertainment bar is higher these days than it used to be in the pre-smartphone era. That’s true in general, of course, but I’m thinking specifically at the moment about kids on long car trips. Each may want his/her own entertainment, and with some new technology introduced this week by Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc., they’ll be able to have it in the relatively near future. Mitsubishi … Read More

23 Jun, 2014

Charles Pfeil This is the third post in this routing series. View the first and second post. Board fabricators will tell everyone that spacing is king. If the traces can be spread apart and centered between via and/or pin pads, then it will result in higher yields during the fabrication process. Fewer shorts will be created and less work will be required to remove them. In Expedition PCB and Xpedition PCB Layout, … Read More

23 Jun, 2014

Kamran Shah Our team recently held a seminar in California that covered topics related to the development of medical devices. This included a discussion on how to navigate the FDA approval process and to to develop software that conforms to the IEC 62304 standard. One area that was brought up by Steve Robertson is the increased FDA focus on cybersecuirty. FDA Concerns with Cybersecurity The internet of things ecosystem … Read More

19 Jun, 2014

John Day Is your car connected? And if so, how, and to what extent? We have relatively simple Bluetooth smartphone connections on the one hand and comprehensive embedded systems on the other. Connected car technology is evolving quickly, and keeping up with it is non-trivial. So I was interested to learn recently that tier one supplier Continental agreed to license Airbiquity’s Choreo connected car service platform … Read More

19 Jun, 2014

John McMillan As stated in my LPC Part 4 vBlog, Part 5 is dedicated to answering your LP Creator questions. Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of this LP Creator blog can be found here: pads.com/blog. Let’s get right to the questions! Question #1: Dick S. asks: “The predecessor to the LP Creator would allow a printout with the component dimensions and the footprint pattern. This works great. I could generate the footprint for a … Read More

17 Jun, 2014
Embedded Software

"I want my IoT"

Posted by Scott Salzwedel

Scott Salzwedel The common refrain, “I want my MTV” was heard nearly 30 years ago when MTV was first starting out. Back then there was a lot of excitement, anticipation, and pure enthusiasm as to what MTV might become. Fast forward to today and we have yet another cultural (and technical) movement afoot. It seems everyone is talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how our boring, mundane lives will be soon … Read More

internet-of-things, M2M, Connectivity, Power Management, Medical Devices

17 Jun, 2014

Jay Gorajia Tired of entering the same recommendations and descriptions for design DFM issues found over and over again!!! You are not alone. If you are one of the hundreds out there that are responsible for providing feedback for PCB Design issues, read on! As the manufacturing expertise moves away from the design organizations and into the manufacturing organizations, effective collaboration tools are needed … Read More

DFx, DFMA, Design for Manufacturing, Design Quality

17 Jun, 2014

Jamie Little With over 3 billion units deployed, the Nucleus RTOS is one of the most deployed and stable commercial RTOS products in the world! Over the years, many Nucleus customers have developed and shipped embedded products targeting the portable medical space covering a number of devices from glucometers, defibrillators, patient monitors and so on. Today, adding the Internet of Things (IoT) to the technology … Read More

wearables, STMicroelectronics, Zigbee, free RTOS, internet-of-things, cloud, stm32, IoT, Medical

16 Jun, 2014

Vern Wnek This is the second post in this series. View the first one here. A placement challenge that I had to endure reminds me of the Rolling Stones song, ‘Get Off of My Cloud.’ I imagine that many of you still endure a similar challenge today… I was placing a design that I knew was going to take weeks to complete, after reviewing the schematic, I contacted the engineer with a list of concerns. I asked for … Read More

16 Jun, 2014

Colin Walls Following on from my recent online C++ lecture series, I found that I had a lot of interesting questions from the audience, which I had limited time to answer. It seemed logical to do so here. So this is the first of a number of posts where I will address one or more of these questions. If you have any questions about embedded software [not just C++], please email me and I will do my best to answer … Read More

16 Jun, 2014
System Modeling

Wow Factor

Posted by Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen I have mentioned in earlier posts that one of my responsibilities on the SystemVision team is teaching training classes. If users want formal SystemVision or VHDL-AMS training, I am usually the instructor. It is fun and occasionally gets me out of my office for a few days. Because SystemVision is such a flexible modeling and analysis environment with a broad range of applications (think mixed-signal … Read More

Mixed-Signal, Mechatronics

13 Jun, 2014

John Day We hadn’t heard a lot from Intel lately, but that changed this week. Seems it never rains but it pours. The company not only introduced Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions, which it described as a family of hardware and software products, but also announced automotive technology-related research projects, investments, and collaborations with several other automotive systems developers. Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions … Read More

XSe, Wind River, QNX, cloud connectivity, sensors, Symphony Teleca, Tobii Technology, autonomous driving, Green Hills Software, Intel In-Vehicle Solutions, Hyundai Genesis, IVI systems, CloudMade, McAfee, Mobica, driver information system, intel, Infiniti Q50, Intel Capital Connected Car Fund, ZMP

10 Jun, 2014
IC Design

Goooaaaaaaaaaaaaal!

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker The World Cup is here! Every four years, the culmination of hundreds of qualifying matches around the world brings the best national teams together for nearly a month of intense competition to determine the world champion football team (Sorry, USA, but it’s football everywhere else). New national uniforms are unveiled, shoe companies vie to sponsor the best players and teams with their most advanced … Read More

IC Verification, ic manufacturing, Mentor Graphics, DRC, DRM, Design Rules, Foundry, process flow, IC Design, Fabless

10 Jun, 2014

Robin Bornoff Flo. As far as prefixes go, I don’t know of another company that uses one so consistently for product branding, well apart from Apple. ‘Flo’ comes from ‘Flow’ and was part of the naming of Flomerics (Flow-Numerics), the company that first developed FloTHERM (flow-thermal) and FloVENT (flow-ventilation). FloMOTION was a favourite branding (animated post-processing module). … Read More

9 Jun, 2014

Colin Walls A frequent question which I am asked in person or by other means is “Where can I learn about embedded software?” Although this can come from young people looking for a career [in which case their choice of college course is probably the way forward], most such inquiries come from “normal” software engineers [i.e. folks who a used to programming desktop computers etc.] or hardware … Read More

IoT, RTOS, operating systems, OS

Embedded Software

Valor MSS PCB Manufacturing Systems Solutions

Electrical & Wire Harness Design

Functional Verification

IC Manufacturing

IC Design

Silicon Test and Yield Analysis

System Modeling

Vehicle System Design

3D-IC Design and Test Solutions

Aerospace and Military Solutions

Accelerating ARM-based Design

Automotive Solutions

Fabless/Foundry Ecosystem Solutions

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