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29 Sep, 2014

John Day Shortly after I began to write about automotive electronics, a decade or so ago, I attended the SAE Convergence conference. I had been to many electronics industry events in the course of my career but this was my first in-depth exposure to chips, circuits and software for cars. The industry has changed dramatically between then and now and I’m looking forward to seeing the latest in Detroit (Cobo Center) … Read More

29 Sep, 2014

J VanDomelen Engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, have again logged an historic achievement. They have harnessed additive manufacturing (3D printing) to produce complex rocket engine parts faster and at a lower cost than with traditional manufacturing. NASA engineers worked with two different providers: Solid Concepts in Valencia, California, and Directed Manufacturing in Austin, … Read More

29 Sep, 2014

Andre Mosley Defining the “Perfect” Taxonomy (Catalog Structure) A taxonomy is the “classification” of elements otherwise known as “catalogs” or “partitions”; and is an important component in your design process to help users find the ECAD data they are looking for. You can imagine that a confusing or complicated structure increases the overall design process and that the best developed classifications can translate … Read More

29 Sep, 2014
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Posted by Charles Pfeil

Charles Pfeil A couple articles that I wrote have been published and I invite you to check them out: The PCB Design Magazine – August 2014 Sketch Routing, Part 1: Taking Control The article begins on page 42. It is the first of three parts that discuss the essence of sketch routing in the Xpedition Layout product. The three parts are: control, quality, and performance. Electronic Design – September 2014 What’s … Read More

29 Sep, 2014

J VanDomelen The Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engine powered NASA’s Space Shuttle and will power the upcoming Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS is a heavy-lift, exploration-class rocket currently under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and Mars. NASA engineers recently produced the most complex rocket engine parts in the agency’s history using additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. Three-dimensional printers … Read More

29 Sep, 2014

Colin Walls This week is the first, for me, of the major conferences in the embedded software space this Fall – the ARM TechCon. As usual, it takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. And, as usual, I will be attending. The exhibition runs over two days: Wednesday and Thursday. I will be at the Mentor Graphics booth [#201] for most of the day on Thursday. So, if you want to stop by … Read More

27 Sep, 2014

J VanDomelen Late last month, engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, completed testing the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the space agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or three-dimensional (3D) printing. The highly complex part NASA engineers designed is a rocket engine injector, which is responsible for sending propellant into the engine, and … Read More

24 Sep, 2014

John Day IESF (Mentor Graphics’ Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum) is scheduled for October 23 at the Marriott Hotel in Munich. Great city. Great event. Visit http://www.mentor.com/events/iesf/ to view an agenda, or to register. IESF begins with three keynotes, then breaks into four tracks: Electrical System Design & Harnessing; AUTOSAR, Network Design and Integration; ADAS (advanced driver assistance … Read More

22 Sep, 2014

Jay Gorajia Have you underestimated the costs of manufacturing a product?   Cost overruns killing your planned margins? Don’t really know if design decisions have any effect on final manufacturing costs?  Under pressure to reduce your costs, but don’t understand where the costs are coming from? Some say understanding the “cost of manufacturing” is an elusive number.  However, with a well-designed systematized Factory … Read More

22 Sep, 2014

Colin Walls Once again, I am mining a backlog of interesting questions that came up during an online C++ class. Of course, as is inevitable, not all the questions are about [or at least specific to] C++… What is the idea behind the provision of multiple constructors for a class? A constructor is a function that is executed automatically when an instance of a class [an object] is created. It has the same name … Read More

20 Sep, 2014

John Day The past few weeks have been busy ones for Renesas Electronics, a major supplier of chips for automotive and other applications. The company introduced the R-Car V2H, its third-generation R-Car system-on-a-chip (SoC) and the first in the series optimized for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS); 40 nm RH850/C1x microcontrollers (MCUs) for hybrid and electric vehicle motor control applications, … Read More

19 Sep, 2014

Robin Bornoff A recently issued patent describes a process by which the critical IC temperature (junction temperature, Tj) can be determined in an end user environment. A critical junction temperature is one that, should the IC temperature go beyond it, will continue to increase in a thermal runaway scenario. In other words the environment in which the IC is operating can’t get the heat out quick enough. The … Read More

18 Sep, 2014

Colin Walls This is the first in an occasional series of postings with the title “Six of the Best”. This phrase is probably meaningless to many people outside of the UK and Australia and it is quite old fashioned here. It referred to the practice of punishing children with six lashes of a cane – a practice that is, hopefully, now consigned to history. However, I am not going to talk about corporal … Read More

18 Sep, 2014

Don Miller In this blog series I will cover the historical context which lead to the creation of Internal Flow Systems.  Covering both the motives and the methods behind the book and inevitably raises questions about the reliability of many of the other available sources of available data.  It will also make it clear that this isn’t a subject of academic interest alone; the subject of loss coefficients and system … Read More

17 Sep, 2014

Rich Rejmaniak It doesn’t matter if you’re reading this the day that it’s published, or decades later, there are some simple facts about computing devices that have held true since their inception.  A few years from now there will be processors available that far outstrip the current offerings in compute power and system complexity.  These processors will be cheaper than what you can get now.  Pretty much every … Read More

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