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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

19 Mar, 2014

Jamie Little SEVENEY Technology was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Paris, France. SEVENEY mainly addresses to the markets in the field of Defense & Aeronautics, Telecommunications, Transportation, Energy & Industry, Network & Security and Microelectronics. SEVENEY is thus a key player in the field of high end security and critical systems at national and international levels. SEVENEY Technology … Read More

NFC, IoT, Nucleus RTOS, ARM Ltd, Bluetooth, arm cortex-m4, industrial control, RFID, internet-of-things, contactless reader, USB, Wi-Fi, industrial

19 Mar, 2014

John Day We’re seeing more and more advanced automotive concepts, and one that caught our eye this week came from TRW Automotive Holdings. They have a new steering wheel concept that they showed recently on the Rinspeed XchangE showcar at the Geneva Auto Show. What more can be done with a steering wheel, we wondered; it turns out, quite a lot. The wheel’s multi-functional features include hands on/off detection … Read More

Rinspeed XchangE showcar, steering wheel concept, Geneva Auto Show, TRW Automotive Holdings

19 Mar, 2014
IC Design

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker Trailblazers, followers, and stragglers…semiconductor companies have usually always sorted themselves out along these lines. At 20nm, though ,we’re beginning to see a shift in these classifications that is affecting both technology node adoption and market strategy. Only a few companies are moving to nodes at 20nm and below, while many of the typical followers have decided to stay at 28nm … Read More

Foundry, IC Design, 14nm, 16nm, 10nm, advanced node, leading-edge, Semiconductor, Christen Decoin, 20nm, technology node, 28nm

18 Mar, 2014
IC Design

Old Faithful

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker While unpredictability may account for the lure of gambling, reliability is an essential part of our everyday lives. Yellowstone National Park, which sits above the Yellowstone Caldera, contains half of the world’s geothermal features. Among the most famous is Old Faithful, a huge geyser that erupts at regular intervals. One reason tourists flock from all over the world to this park is that they know … Read More

IC Design, Foundry Solutions, IC Verification, 16nm, 20nm, 10nm, circuit, PERC, Reliability, electrical, 45nm, Verification, Calibre

17 Mar, 2014
System Modeling

Big Engineering

Posted by Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen Most of the customers I work with design small systems, or smaller pieces of larger systems. Occasionally I get to see an end product: a car, an airplane, a mockup of the International Space Station to name a few. Most of these systems are built or assembled in one location, then put to work in another. In other words, the systems most of my customers work with are portable in a very general sense. On … Read More

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17 Mar, 2014

Shelly Stalnaker

Is design-for-test the forgotten stepchild of IC design? Not any more, and DFT engineers can, in large part, thank the automotive industry. The number of processors built into a vehicle is steadily increasing, as we all know (okay, maybe not that guy driving the 1969 Chevy Camaro). These chips have to meet very high standards for quality and reliability, which means the companies who make them need

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automotive test, Silicon Test, Cell-Aware ATPG, cell-aware, ATPG, logic BIST, Cell Aware Test, Ron Press, embedded compression, semiconductor test, iso26262

17 Mar, 2014

John McMillan

PADS VX Release Worldwide Seminar Tour | March 19 – April 11 Register Now to join one of our free half day worldwide seminars today! See how PADS can help you overcome design challenges and get your completed designs to fabrication and assembly on time and on budget. Mentor Graphics, the world leader in PCB design, introduces VX, the latest release of PADS. In these half-day seminar presentations

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