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9 Jan, 2015

Charles Pfeil As you may already know, the Xpedition VX.1 release is now available to customers. I encourage you to take some time to evaluate it because if there is one thing to mention about this release, it is that you will be able to increase your productivity significantly. It can be downloaded at SupportNet. We have added some new interactive routing styles that complement the existing ones quite well. The … Read More

9 Jan, 2015

Robin Bornoff Horror vacui, Natura abhorret vacuum, Resintenza del vacuo; from Aristotle to Galileo, it has long been known that here on earth matter tends to flow from where it is to where it isn’t. Fast forward to Hobbes and Boyle, Newton and Leibniz and we find such concepts being being applied in a fluid dynamics context. From a heat transfer perspective heat energy also tends to flow from where it is to … Read More

7 Jan, 2015
PCB Design

Quick Starts to PCB design

Posted by Gary Lameris

Gary Lameris Have you ever designed a PCB in less than an hour?  Did you include part searching and designing the schematic in the hour?  Now you can… In December 2014, Mentor Graphics in partnership with Digi-Key Corporation released an innovative PCB flow called Designer.  Designer Schematic and Designer Layout are basic PCB schematic and layout tools but with the addition of PartQuest, these tools out perform … Read More

7 Jan, 2015

Vern Wnek This is the first in a series showcasing the winners of the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards. The votes are in for the 2014 TLAs! Congratulations to the 2014 Technology Leadership Award winners! Started in 1988, this program is the longest running competition of its kind in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. The competition recognizes engineers and designers who use innovative methods … Read More

6 Jan, 2015

Joe Hupcey III 2014 was an exciting year for formal verification to say the least, and below I call out a sampling of noteworthy conference papers that contributed to this energy. Specifically, they show how formal property checking itself is simultaneously scaling to tackle ever larger verification problems, and also being extended to cover domains that were once exclusively the province of simulation. ———- Conference: … Read More

5 Jan, 2015

Colin Walls Although I regard the New Year as a time to look forward, I am continuing my catch-up process of cataloging embedded software articles that I have had published on embedded.com in the recent past. This time they cover medical systems, C function parameters, the basics of multitasking and the Forth language… Electronics for the Sick Electronics is used for numerous applications, but one, for which … Read More

5 Jan, 2015

John McMillan Long gone are the days of manually backing up and archiving PCB design data or running scripts or routines that bundle-up a targeted set of design files in a time-stamped zip file. Proper archives are essential, not only to back up design data but to manage, share and leverage the design data as well. The latest design archiving tools provide a powerful design-driven storage methodology that not only … Read More

31 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen Military and aerospace (mil/aero) engineers and executives know all too well the (very long) time it takes to see a new technology designed, developed, tested, manufactured, and fielded. Long acquisition cycles have long plagued the mil/aero community—in some cases, leaving soldiers and astronauts waiting egregiously long for much-needed solutions. Times are changing, however, and new tools, systems, … Read More

31 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) completed the first phase of a NASA technology demonstration by printing a tool (a ratchet wrench) with a design file transmitted from the ground to the Zero-G 3D printer in space. “For the printer’s final test in this phase of operations, NASA wanted to validate the process for printing on demand, which will be critical on longer journeys … Read More

30 Dec, 2014

Paul Johnston “We certainly want your ideas and our goal is reply, enrich and decide on what we should do with any idea as soon as possible. This does not mean that we are going to implement every idea, that is not possible for a number of reasons but mainly due to resource and our desire to ensure that we are answering our customers’ principal business needs 1st.” This is a quote from Andy Reilly, Product Marketing … Read More

30 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen One of the hottest trends to hit the military and aerospace (mil/aero) market is additive manufacturing, which is more widely known as three-dimensional (3D) printing. This year, in fact, NASA hit a new milestone with 3D printing. Mil/aero systems, applications, and end users are benefitting more and more from the adoption of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems and components, especially from the … Read More

29 Dec, 2014

John Day Visteon announced this week that it has upgraded its relationship with Rightware from a collaboration to a strategic partnership. The firms are focused on automotive user interface (UI) and human machine interaction (HMI) solutions that leverage high-definition 3D graphic rendering technologies to provide photorealistic graphics inside the vehicle. Visteon said that its LightScape™ instrument cluster … Read More

29 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen The team at the European Space Agency (ESA), headquartered in Paris, has secured its and the Rosetta mission’s place in the history books with an historic landing on a comet. The Philae lander was equipped with limited battery power with which to perform several tests before it would be forced to hibernate. In the limited timeframe, Philae successfully relayed all its self-tests and scientific data, … Read More

29 Dec, 2014

John McMillan 2014 was a very busy and exciting year for PADS. Here is a look back at the top 3 PADS blog topics of 2014! NEW – In 2014 the PADS.com website was launched. Now it is easier for everyone–from existing PADS users to interested explorers–to gain access to everything PADS! www.PADS.com NEW – PADS VX Release ! The PADS VX release brings the industry a complete approach to desktop PCB design, … Read More

29 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen It is customary to look back at the major accomplishments of the previous 12 months as each calendar year comes to a close. This year, the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community has logged several technological achievements, not the least of which was landing on a comet for the first time in history. Scientists, engineers, and officials at the European Space Agency (ESA), with headquarters in Paris, … Read More

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