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31 May, 2014
System Modeling

SystemVision 5.10.3

Posted by Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen It is official: SystemVision 5.10.3 is released and ready for download from SupportNet. The SystemVision engineering team made over 120 updates and improvements for this new release. Here are some of the highlights: Relative and Absolute statistical tolerances support improved flexibility when defining device parameter tolerancing. “Relative” defines a tolerance as a percentage of the default value; … Read More

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30 May, 2014

Jay Gorajia

Are mobile Apps becoming more prevalent in the Electronics Manufacturing landscape? I recently came across a survey at Manufacturing Business Technology magazine by Canvas: http://www.mbtmag.com/news/2014/05/survey-investigates-manufacturing-firms-use-mobile-apps?et_cid=3935640&et_rid=652321212&type=image The article states “…The survey points to an increasingly mobile manufacturing

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Mobility

30 May, 2014

J VanDomelen Learjets have been garnering attention for decades, and Bombardier Aerospace’s new Learjet 85 business jet is no different in that regard. It is novel in a number of ways, however, including the engineering workflow in which it was designed and developed. Bombardier Aerospace engineers employed a complete digital development process for the Learjet 85 aircraft’s electrical distribution system. In fact, … Read More

Engineer, Electrical Wiring Interconnection System, EWIS, Technology, Military, Bombardier, Mentor Graphics, Mentor.com, Capital FormboardXC, Mil-Aero, Aerospace, Milaero, Geek, Hardware, Learjet 85, Capital HarnessXC, Mentor, Capital Logic

30 May, 2014

J VanDomelen Last month, the aviation community was buzzing about the Learjet 85 business jet from Bombardier Aerospace, as it made its first flight. Aviation enthusiasts, including this mil/aero geek, are still talking about Bombardier engineers’ novel approach to the aircraft’s design and development. On 9 April 2014 at 8:19 am CST, the Learjet 85 flight test vehicle one (FTV1) took off from Wichita-Mid Continent … Read More

Mil-Aero, Mentor.com, Milaero, Captain Ed Grabman, Geek, Aerospace, Mentor, Technology, Mentor Graphics, Learjet, Learjet 85

29 May, 2014

John Day Volvo wants to study the potential for electric roads able to charge city buses. Working with the Swedish Transport Administration and the City of Gothenburg it will propose building a 300- to 500-meter road section equipped with inductive wireless charge technology and developing vehicles that will automatically charge their batteries when passing the section. The potential benefit is quieter and … Read More

Extreme Tech blog, solar panels, City of Gothenburg, Volvo, Ziff Davis Media, Solar Roadways, Swedish Transport Administration

29 May, 2014

Matthew Ballance Verification engineers put lots of effort into writing and tuning constraints for random stimulus. It’s critical that the constraints correctly express the valid relationships between the stimulus variables. Otherwise, invalid stimulus will be generated or, worse, important valid combinations of stimulus will not be generated. When it comes to bug hunting, running open-loop random stimulus is recognized … Read More

28 May, 2014

J VanDomelen Not long ago, and virtually the entire time this military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek was growing into adulthood, the word “Learjet” was used interchangeably with the phrase “business jet”. Now aviation geeks (avgeeks) simply use the term “bizjet” but “Learjet” has been synonymous with private, luxury aircraft for decades. Historians even credit Learjet as having helped to establish Wichita, Kansas, … Read More

Mentor, Learjet 85, Mentor Graphics, Bombardier, Aerospace, Geek, Mentor.com, Mil-Aero, Learjet, Milaero, Technology, FAA

27 May, 2014

J VanDomelen Aerospace is a robust and growing market, with civil aviation leading the charge. Industry pundits anticipate increased, and even potentially record, growth in commercial aviation—while military aviation is largely stagnant and general aviation, including business jets (bizjets), starting to emerge from a period of stagnation. What’s happening in the bizjet community? Something that hasn’t been … Read More

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27 May, 2014

J VanDomelen Civil aviation is hot, and it is only getting hotter. As the middle class continues to grow in emerging markets, including nations such as China and India, more people and more goods than ever before are flying. Growth in passenger and cargo transport is driving demand for new aircraft, and airframe manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer, and others are actively filling … Read More

Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum, IESF, Mentor, Airbus, RPAS, Boeing, Technology, UAS, Aerospace, UAV, Mentor Graphics, Embraer, Mentor.com, Geek, Mil-Aero, Bombardier, Milaero, Dassault

27 May, 2014

Colin Walls Last week I conducted a series of 5 online lectures about C++ for embedded applications. [You can still access the materials and recordings from this site.] As with any such activity, although I hope that I am imparting information and advice, I also expect to get questions and ideas back. I was not disappointed. There were many smart questions that made me think [= good!]. There were no dumb questions … Read More

dynamic memory, Embedded Software, C

23 May, 2014

Mathew Clark Over the years, we have had some odd requests for our testing capabilities. Maybe they seemed odd for us, but normal for the requestee. One of those, which struck me as particularly interesting, was the request to test milk. Yes, that stuff that comes from cows. Although I can’t get into further details on this one, that request brings me to my actual post. As we were attending the PCIM in Nuremburg … Read More

1500A, Gummibears, #T3ster, Power Cycling, IGBTs, PCIM

23 May, 2014

John Day The research firm Strategy Analytics is out with a new study of the automotive sensor market and one of the key points they make is that “emerging markets are looking to reduce vehicle emissions and have plans to implement more stringent emission (including CO2) regulations.” More regulation creates more need for sensors to measure and help reduce vehicle emissions. The study, “Automotive Sensor Demand … Read More

Strategy Analytics, Powertrain, advanced driver assist safety systems, automotive sensors, ADAS, NAFTA, plug-in hybrid, BRIC, Electric Vehicles

23 May, 2014

John McMillan

Are you tired of having to undo days of work and upload new ASCII files whenever the engineer “tweaks” the schematic? Wouldn’t it be great if you were instantly notified whenever changes are made to your schematic or layout? Well, With PADS, you can. Learn more in this Free PADS Online Web Seminar   Jun 5, 2014 PADS brings you true database synchronization between the schematic and layout,

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21 May, 2014

Matthew Ballance If there was a tool that enabled you to create tests 10x more productively that you can today, would you change your entire verification language and testbench environment tomorrow? Not likely. Despite our love of technology that makes us more productive and efficient, lots of thought and planning goes into making big shifts in verification methodology. Now, what if that same 10x boost in test creation … Read More

21 May, 2014

Michael Ford

I am asked this question frequently. Though Industry 4.0 originates in Germany, I sometimes wonder whether it has actually even come to the German electronics manufacturers yet. This is the problem when something radically different comes to a somewhat conservative industry. The resistance to change for established companies is very high, where past experience of so-called improvements has actually

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