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27 Mar, 2014

Jamie Little I visited Embedded World Germany several weeks ago and in addition to show being extremely vibrant, and saw a lot of buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).  Semiconductor vendors, hardware vendors and software vendors alike were talking about IoT in various ways.   And why not?  The IoT momentum is quite significant given the billions of embedded devices that we expect … Read More

nanoblue, Medical Devices, nanopower, ARM, BLE, am335x, internet-of-things, Nucleus RTOS, Power Management, IoT, Bluetooth, sitara, Bluetooth Low Energy

27 Mar, 2014

Anil Khanna The EE Live! Conference is just around the corner (March 31 – April 3, in San Jose). My colleague Matt Radochonski’s last blog summarized quite well what Mentor Embedded will be showcasing at the event. Apart from demos and presentations in the Mentor Embedded booth, we are also teaming up with AMD to offer free technical trainings in their booth. My colleague and Linux expert, Chris Hallinan, will … Read More

Embedded Linux, Linux Fast Boot, AMD, OSS, yocto project, Open Embedded

27 Mar, 2014

Nazita Saye I knew something was up when I was driving home last night. It took me 60 minutes to go 3 miles. In other words, traffic was flowing way slower than normal. I got to the Teddington/Kingston roundabout and noticed that the road going to Teddington had been shut due to emergency roadworks. So most of the traffic that went through Kingston and headed to points north needed to be diverted. In other words: … Read More

Flowmaster, system-level design, 1D CFD

26 Mar, 2014

Vern You’ve likely heard that there has been a new release of the product formerly known as Expedition Enterprise, called Xpedition. So, what’s this release all about? How does the new functionality compare to the tools you use today and what’s in it for you? I’m Vern Wnek, Technical Marketing Engineer for the Xpedition software group. But, before I lose you with that let me explain my background and why … Read More

25 Mar, 2014
System Modeling

Engineering Oops!

Posted by Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen Awhile back I wrote about the importance and joy of design practice. In that post I suggested that everytime we design something, we are practicing and improving our design skills. And while we do learn from our successful designs, we no doubt learn more from the failures that sometimes litter the path to a project success. If you have done any design practice at all, you have no doubt had a design … Read More

Modeling

24 Mar, 2014

John Day Now that the snow is finally starting to melt, it seems that potholes are everywhere. It makes sense to drive slowly and avoid them wherever possible because they can do serious damage to cars – $5 billion per-year worth in the U.S., by some estimates; several hundred dollars per-year for the average vehicle owner. “Drivers know immediately when they hit a pothole, but what they don’t … Read More

Lincoln MKZ, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), continuously controlled damping (CCD), potholes, sensors

24 Mar, 2014

Colin Walls This week I am crossing to the Dark Side. I am a software engineer, but I work for an EDA company, which, although committed to supporting embedded software development, is dominated by hardware design knowledge and culture. There is always a kind of tension between hardware and software designers and I feel it is likely to be for ever thus. This week I am attending an event which is entirely focused … Read More

DATE

21 Mar, 2014

Charles Pfeil This is the first of a series of blog topics related to routing PCBs My name is Charles Pfeil and my role at Mentor Graphics is one in which I always have a primary focus on routing technology and methods – although I do get involved in numerous other projects. I began in this industry working my summers in high school inspecting Ruby-Lithe designs for scratches and repairing them. Sounds rather antiquated? … Read More

21 Mar, 2014

John McMillan

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new PADS.com website. This new site is focused on making it faster and easier for everyone–from existing PADS users to interested explorers–to gain access to everything PADS!  We’re sure you’ll want to bookmark it as one of your favorites! Find out what’s new, such as up to date information about our latest PADS VX release launch and live

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21 Mar, 2014
IC Manufacturing

I See the Light!

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker Photonics technology isn’t new, by any means, but what is new is the drive to leverage high-volume silicon-based semiconductor manufacturing foundries and processes to build chips that can create, sense, modulate, and transmit light. So says Michael White in his latest SiliconEdge column on Electronic Design. The biggest challenge in applying CMOS foundry processes to silicon photonics is creating … Read More

Foundry, IC Design, silicon photonics, waveguides, ic manufacturing, Michael White

20 Mar, 2014

Michael Ford At APEX this year, I will be presenting a poster in the poster session on Wednesday at 3pm , talking about counterfeit materials and the importance of traceability. The use of counterfeit materials can be a critical subject where safety critical products are concerned, or where brand integrity is important. Quality and environmental issues are also a likely consequence where materials have been used … Read More

risk, Quality, Safety, china, Conformance, Traceability, MRP, ERP, Materials Management

20 Mar, 2014
Silicon Test and Yield Analysis

3D Yoga

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker

I practice yoga because it helps with my flexibility. Of course, that’s a little like saying that lighting a candle helps with heating your house, but I digress. The point is, flexibility is generally a good thing, and that holds true for 3D ICs and their test strategies. As discussed in the Electrical Engineering Journal, a flexible 3D test strategy that uses a “plug-and-play” architecture

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Silicon Test, Etienne Racine, IC test, 3DIC, Martin Keim, Ron Press, IEEE P1687, IJTAG

19 Mar, 2014

Matt Radochonski Like most of you we’ll be in San Jose the first week in April to attend the EE Live! Conference and Expo.  Before visiting the Lick Astronomical Observatory, stop by our booth (#1812) to learn about connected smart meters, Internet of Things (IoT) medical devices, and power management. We’ll be presenting the following demonstrations at the booth all week: Connectivity with bluetooth for … Read More

Low Power, Linux Fast Boot, Medical, Connectivity, USB 3.0, ee live, Bluetooth, Medical Devices, iot devices, Nucleus RTOS, Linux, Power Management, internet-of-things, RTOS, IoT

19 Mar, 2014

Michael Ford APEX is in Las Vegas this year, a great place to have fun, and if you are so inclined, have a little bit of a flutter as we call it in the UK at the gaming tables. What is not so much fun however is the daily gamble that the majority of electronics manufacturing still seems to be taking. Chasing ever increasing demands from customers for higher mix, more product variations, shorter NPI time, more flexible … Read More

ERP, Lean NPI, Change Management, Paradigm, NPI Flow

19 Mar, 2014

Anil Khanna Citius, Altius, Fortius Faster, Higher, Stronger – the Olympic motto could just as easily be applied to the expectations driving the alarming rate of evolution of embedded hardware. In the form of today’s mobile devices, we now hold more processing power than high-end PCs of yesteryears! A single mobile device has replaced the functionality of a myriad of discrete devices: GPS, camera, pager, voice … Read More

Trace, Texas Instruments, trace analysis, jacinto 6, ARM, Performance Analysis, Sourcery Analyzer, Linux, lttng

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