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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

engineering

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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17 Mar, 2014
Embedded Software

Selecting a CPU

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls You might question why, in a blog that is supposed to be about embedded software, I am considering the selection of an embedded CPU, which is clearly a hardware matter. It would be a fair question, except that, in embedded system design, the development of hardware and software are inextricably entwined, each having an influence on the other. So, how do software considerations affect the selection of … Read More

CPU

17 Mar, 2014

Harry Foster As some of you might be aware, the Verification Academy has a video course dedicated to the topic of Assertion-Based Verification (ABV). In fact, this was the first video course we released for the academy almost six years ago. To date, it has remained one of our most popular courses. Yet one of the most common requests for improvement to this course has been adding content that focuses more on the … Read More

14 Mar, 2014
IC Manufacturing

Are You ECO-Friendly?

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker Every designer dreads the last-minute engineering change order, or ECO. Just when you think you’re done…you’re not. At 45nm and below, ECOs get even more difficult to implement, because fill now has a direct impact on design performance. A small re-routing can get complicated very quickly with the complex fill requirements of advanced nodes. Fortunately, help is available! On Semiconductor … Read More

P&R, Jeff Wilson, place and route, 45nm, 20nm, IC Design, smart fill, ic manufacturing, DRC, ECO fill

14 Mar, 2014

Matt Radochonski As Internet of Things development continues to expand into embedded, software and hardware integration will become critical.  Mentor Embedded’s Andrew Caples joined Bryan Lawrence from ARM, Eran Briman of CEVA, and Navraj Nandra of DesignWare to discuss the implications, including the role that software will play in IoT power management with SemiEngineering.com: “We see this huge push by our semiconductor … Read More

IoT, Low Power, internet-of-things, Power Management

14 Mar, 2014

Paul Johnston It happened again this year. The assembly of personages from Mentor Graphics involved in Sales or Technical support of the sales organization getting together for planning meetings, technical training, networking and more meetings.   There is a lot of misunderstanding about Sales people, what they do, how they do it and how much use they are to you when you are considering buying software from Mentor … Read More

Capital, Capital Harness Systems, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Mentor Sales

12 Mar, 2014

John Day It took me a minute to grasp what Volvo meant by “roam delivery” service to connected cars. Say you’ve ordered something online and you’re not home when the product arrives. You have to make alternate plans in order to complete the transaction, and the delivery service incurs extra costs when it has to come by again – because they’re not going to enter your home when you’re not there. But your car … Read More

digital keys, roam delivery, autonomous parking, telematics app, Volvo Cars

12 Mar, 2014

Matt Radochonski Later this week Mentor Embedded’s own Andrew Patterson who some of you may know from this blog is presenting a CeBIT seminar session this Friday as part of the SMART Transportation event in Hannover, in conjunction with CSR.  He’ll be discussing the question of how do we reconcile the past with the future when it comes to automotive open source, ISO26262, ECU consolidation and Android?  Here’s … Read More

GENIVI, connected car, automotive linux, automotive safety, cebit, WiFi, clr, AUTOSAR, Bluetooth

12 Mar, 2014

Andrew Patterson I have been to Embedded World in Nuremberg for the past 5 years,  and this was the busiest I have seen it.  New themes such as IoT (Internet of Things) were very evident,  and it was clear that many software and hardware suppliers attending Embedded World are building their market strategies around these themes.  In reality though,  engineers want the detail.  How does it actually work,  what do I … Read More

AUTOSAR, GENIVI, Qt, Infotainment, Linux

11 Mar, 2014
Mechanical Analysis

How to Guides

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye I’d like to think of myself as a pretty competent person – throw a problem at me, I’ll find a solution for it. Case in point. Last week I noticed some cracks suddenly appearing in the kitchen walls and ceiling. The kitchen sits directly underneath the bathroom. The cracks looked like they were appearing where the bathtub was located and they felt damp. Doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to deduce this … Read More

component thermal design, Data Center, CFD, Thermal, enclosure thermal design, PCB thermal design

10 Mar, 2014

Anil Khanna This is part 2 of a current blog. Opening the source, I was quickly able to locate the code responsible for animation: Because of a 100% CPU cost, I was expecting to find something clumsy, but found the code to be reasonable. It is using Qt's built-in Property Animation framework. A quick Google search showed that it is the standard way of implementing animation in Qt. This is how Qt's own examples … Read More

Nucleus RTOS, Qt, animation, UI, RTOS, Sourcery Analyzer

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