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19 Aug, 2014

John Day Mentor Graphics is sponsoring an automotive user conference from 8am to 5pm on Wednesday, September 10, at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan. User2User Automotive 2014 is free, and you can register or get more details at http://user2user.mentor.com/events/user2user-automotive/ The day begins with back-to-back keynotes by Martin O’Brien, Mentor Graphics General Manager, IESD, and Paul Menig, CEO, … Read More

19 Aug, 2014

John McMillan PADS Users – Now Open for 2014! It’s time to show-off your stuff in the most prestigious contest in PCB, the Mentor Graphics Technology Leadership Awards! Submit your design today! Started in 1988, this program is the longest running competition of its kind in the EDA industry. It recognizes     YOU – the engineers and CAD designers who use Mentor’s innovative technology to address today’s … Read More

18 Aug, 2014

Shelly Stalnaker In a SPIE.TV interview, Joseph Sawicki, Vice-President and General Manager of the Design to Silicon division of Mentor Graphics, explains the challenges of moving from design abstraction to physical implementation to a successful yield. “Design to silicon” is a complex process that continuously blends evolutionary trends, such as enhancements to 3D mask design and yield learning, with more … Read More

18 Aug, 2014

Michael Ford In an effort to drive down prices, or perhaps some would say, in an effort to avoid having to manage the industry, here in the UK, the government have opened up the domestic electricity market to promote competition between providers. What a surprise! It is not going well. It has been shown that many people are happy to stick with their current provider, due to their perception of the difficulty to … Read More

18 Aug, 2014

Colin Walls Although I enjoy writing articles and blogs and giving presentations – I am always hoping that I can impart some useful information and help engineers with their projects – the Q&A session after a presentation is often the moist interesting part. If I am doing a Web seminar, for example, I normally have a one hour slot; I try to talk for no more than 20-25 minutes, leaving plenty of … Read More

15 Aug, 2014
Mechanical Analysis

Try before you buy

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I’m a keen walker and hiker. I prefer 10-15 mile excursions – anything short of 8 miles is hardly worth getting out of bed for and anything over 15 miles can be challenging (especially if there are lots of hills involved). Last month a friend of mine cajoled me into signing up for a charity walking marathon. The 26.2-mile walk starts at 9 pm in London and continues until the morning (here’s a … Read More

15 Aug, 2014

John McMillan Printed circuit boards are the backbone of electronics products, providing the electrical system upon which the performance, life span, and reliability of the end product depend. When designed correctly, products with high-quality circuitry have lower field failure rates and fewer field returns. As a result, products can be produced at lower cost and higher profit.  DOWNLOAD White Paper NOW How do you … Read More

14 Aug, 2014

Shelly Stalnaker Design-style-based (systematic) defects are the major challenge to yield ramp at advanced process nodes, adding to the complexity of the basic process ramp. Because of its involvement in the design, manufacturing, and test, EDA is in a unique position to contribute toward the control, if not the solution, of this problem, through the use of automated pattern detection and analysis. Patterns can be useful … Read More

13 Aug, 2014

Vern Wnek I often talk with friends and colleagues in the PCB design community about trends. A subject that comes up often, and has probably been beaten to death, is the use of auto routers in today’s PCB designs. The answer I hear more often than anything else is, “We don’t use auto routing on our designs.”  Why is this? Is there something that auto routers are not providing? Is there something more they could … Read More

12 Aug, 2014

John Day Yes, it’s true that June 7-11 2015 is almost a year away, but it’s not too early to mark your calendar and plan to attend the 52nd Design Automation Conference (DAC) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. DAC is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It’s … Read More

12 Aug, 2014

Matt Radochonski Our product teams have been producing some fantastic content lately and three of our latest webinars are now available free & on-demand.  Click the links below to check them out and peruse the videos at your leisure. Debugging Multicore and Heterogeneous Embedded Systems: Learn how to debug complex multi operating system, multi-core and heterogeneous architecture based systems independently and … Read More

12 Aug, 2014

Tom Fitzpatrick As some of you may have seen, we release a great DAC edition of Verification Horizons back in June. Unfortunately, we were so focused on preparing for a great Verification Academy Booth at DAC that I completely forgot to blog about the issue! Well, as the saying goes, “better late than never.”  In particular, I’d like to call your attention to two articles. The first is “Best … Read More

11 Aug, 2014

Colin Walls I have always liked writing. From an early age, I had an ambition to write a book. My first attempt, in my mid-teens, was a science fiction novel. It was not a success. I wrote about 100 pages and I may even still have the typescript. I remember being embarrassed last time I looked at it. One of the best days of my life was back in 1986, when a jiffy bag arrived in the mail containing a book with my … Read More

7 Aug, 2014

John McMillan The days of backing-up and archiving PCB design data or running a script that bundles-up a targeted set of design files and created a time-stamped zip file are long gone. Proper archives are essential to back-up and manage all of your design data. Today’s PCB teams require a powerful design-driven storage methodology that not only promotes effective data backups, but also increases productivity … Read More

7 Aug, 2014
IC Manufacturing

Failing to Succeed

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker Failure analysis is a critical process in successful IC production. No matter how comprehensive the design rules are, no matter how thorough the verification strategies are, there will be chip failures in production. Understanding the cause of these failures is crucial to being able to implement design strategies and corrective technology to ensure the failures are eliminated in future designs. At its … Read More

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