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3 Nov, 2014

Danit Atar PCB design is a complicated task, partially because each design task has an effect on the outcome of the rest of the design stages. Get your ducks in a row ! Of course, you need to design your schematic, make sure you have no signal- and power-integrity issues, place your components, route your board, make sure your design can be manufactured, and so forth. But how much more complicated is it when … Read More

31 Oct, 2014
IC Design

When Reliability Goes Up in Flames

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker I recently returned from my first-ever trip to Japan. While I was enthralled by its beauty and history, entertained by both traditional and avant-garde theatre, and enticed by new food opportunities, it was five minutes of television that caught my attention one day. Although I didn’t understand a word of the report, the problem was obvious—all over the region, vending machines were spontaneously … Read More

31 Oct, 2014

J VanDomelen NASA has increased its reliance on private, commercial space companies following the retirement of the U.S. Space Shuttle program in 2011. Among NASA’s growing list of commercial partners is Orbital Sciences Corp. in Dulles, Virginia. The Antares launch vehicle, from Orbital Sciences Corp., is the largest rocket produced by the company and the largest to be launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport … Read More

30 Oct, 2014

John Day Bosch noted this week with some justifiable pride that the electronic stability program (ESP) it pioneered becomes a standard in the European Union as of November 1. From there on in the EU, all newly registered passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 metric tons must be equipped with the anti-skid system. The regulation will take effect for all other vehicles … Read More

30 Oct, 2014

J VanDomelen NASA personnel have gotten really good at social media. In fact, NASA engineers, scientists, and officials have been taking to various social media and news outlets, generating a great deal of excitement over a night launch on the East Coast of the United States. Military and aerospace (mil/aero) enthusiasts everywhere – this mil/aero geek included – watched with bated breath for what was to be an historic … Read More

29 Oct, 2014

J VanDomelen India solidified its place in the history books when late last month (September 2014) the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) and technology demonstrator successfully entered into orbit around the Red Planet. The MOM achievement launched India into aerospace history as the first nation in Asia to reach Mars—joining the ranks with the European Space Agency (ESA), U.S. National Aeronautical Space Administration … Read More

29 Oct, 2014

Nazita Saye My appreciation of gadgets isn’t anything that should surprise you. I’ve already talked about a few and some have proven more useful than others. For example, my Fitbit One accompanies me on every hike so I can track and then bore my friends with all kinds of useless information while some gadgets such as my waffle iron were bought rather impetuously and get dusted once every blue moon … … Read More

28 Oct, 2014

Colin Walls When I made the very first posting  to this blog, more than five years ago, I made the observation that the world of embedded software is very fashion conscious. I certainly do not mean that embedded software developers are renowned for their dress sense! I am talking about the way that a particular technology is really “hot” at any one time … Every few years, a product or technology … Read More

28 Oct, 2014

J VanDomelen The global aerospace community is buzzing with news of emerging markets making technological advances and historical achievements. Among the nations making headlines is India. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) officials in Bangalore are racking up aerospace wins, which resulted in India being recognized as the first Asian nation to successfully send a satellite into orbit around Mars. India’s … Read More

28 Oct, 2014

J VanDomelen When you think of aerospace innovation, what nations come to mind? The United States, Canada, Russia, and the European Union have all logged significant, if not historical, aerospace achievements. At the same time, military and aerospace (mil/aero) industry pundits recognized Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa as the emerging aerospace markets to watch. Watch we have, and aerospace geeks … Read More

28 Oct, 2014

Robin Bornoff There are 475,000 Google search hits for ‘thermal bottleneck’. It’s a well recognised phrase playing on a very obvious analogy. Despite this there were few attempts to quantify such a parameter. Spurred on by its relevance in electronic thermal design, we did just that, put hard numbers to the concept. FloTHERM now has the ability to plot distributions of  thermal bottleneck, enabling … Read More

27 Oct, 2014

Charles Pfeil When tuning a set of nets in Xpedition Layout, there are methods to do it automatically or manually – or both. The previous post in this routing series explored the use of Auto Tune and the Target Lengths dialog. In this post, we will look at the manual tuning features and the options available for using them in a productive manner. The intent here is to reveal the new capabilities in the context of … Read More

27 Oct, 2014

Danit Atar We all know creating and managing part libraries is not an easy task; it’s time consuming, error prone, and requires constant maintenance.  If you have ever tried using a library that you built with one design tool in a different design tool, you probably got an additional set of problems, starting from schematic parts that don’t reference the correct footprint name, to schematic parts that don’t have … Read More

24 Oct, 2014

John Day Ford said this week that it’s rolling out a driver-assist system that, at least in some cases, may be able to keep cars from running into pedestrians, or if they do, lessen the likelihood of death or serious injury. That’s huge, in my opinion, but there’s more. The system, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, can also help drivers avoid all-too-common rear-end collisions. Ford will launch … Read More

22 Oct, 2014

Keith Hanna Just occasionally in life one starts to pass all sorts of anniversary milestones, and, towards the end of this month a major one will be passed for me; 25 years associated with the commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) scene. It still seems like yesterday that I drove my gold-colored Vauxhall Astra 1.3 litre car all the way from Birmingham to Middlesbrough in the UK with all my earthly belongings … Read More

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