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24 Feb, 2015

John McMillan The CAD Library White Paper Series: Part 1 – Molded Body Parts The CAD library is the starting point that affects every process from PCB layout through PCB manufacturing and assembly. There are dozens of things to consider when creating a CAD library. Each can directly affect the quality of the part placement, via fanout, trace routing, post processing, fabrication and assembly processes. Yet, … Read More

24 Feb, 2015
Mechanical Analysis

Engineering Love

Posted by Robin Bornoff

Robin Bornoff It’s National Engineer’s Week in the US this week. A similar event takes place in the UK in March. I’ve been lucky enough to have been an engineer (mechanical) for my entire career and long may it continue! However I didn’t start out enthusiastic about engineering at all. When I was young I never really had an interest in renovating cars, fixing engines or taking things apart … Read More

23 Feb, 2015

Harry Foster It’s my favorite time of year again—DVCon!  And I believe that the DVCon 2015 technical program committee has put together one of the technically best DVCon’s in years. In this blog I plan on highlighting a few DVCon events that you might want to put on your calendar. First, at this year’s conference the Verification Academy has a dedicated booth (#301), and I hope you stop by to say hello to myself, … Read More

23 Feb, 2015

Colin Walls In the United States, this is National Engineers Week. This annual event is aimed at raising awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] and the great contribution that workers in this area contribute to society. As a strong supporter and enthusiast for STEM subjects, even though I am not located in the US, I am very keen to participate in the activities this week. With this … Read More

20 Feb, 2015

John Day Volvo wants to integrate self-driving cars into real traffic with ordinary people, as opposed to professional drivers, behind the wheel. This week they described in some detail what they call the Drive Me project. Their plan is to put 100 self-driving cars in the hands of customers on selected roads around Gothenburg, Sweden by 2017, which is practically the day after tomorrow in automotive terms. To … Read More

20 Feb, 2015

Nazita Saye I don’t know about you but I used to break into a sweat when I’d meet someone new because invariably they’d ask the question. What do you do? Since I love what I do, I’d always go into a speech about computational fluid dynamics (CFD) until a chance occurrence at a party made me change my behavior a few years ago. At his birthday party, an English friend of mine introduced me to one of his friends who … Read More

19 Feb, 2015

Michael Ford There are worse places in the world to be than San Diego, especially in February, and especially it seems in 2015. The weather looks like being nice over the duration of the APEX show, though of course most of the day will be spent inside….. APEX this year promises to be as great as ever, a full show-floor, and some interesting technical and this time, business presentations. The Mentor Graphics Valor team … Read More

19 Feb, 2015

Matthew Ballance It’s amazing how quickly a year goes by. DVCon 2014 seems like it was just a few months ago, and here we are rolling up on DVCon 2015. As my colleague Dennis Brophy blogged earlier, it was just a year ago that Mentor Graphics proposed that Accellera launch a Proposed Working Group (PWG) to explore whether sufficient need and interest existed in the industry to standardize a portable stimulus specification. … Read More

16 Feb, 2015

Paul Johnston The previous blog described why software vendors build out their off-the-shelf products with arrangements for functional extensibility. Also I reviewed what motivates companies designing and manufacturing transportation electrical interconnect to expect, ask for and then subsequently use an Application Programming Interface (API). Now, drawn from my experience of Capital’s deployment at customer sites … Read More

16 Feb, 2015

Colin Walls The largest event in the world of embedded systems takes place in Nuremberg, Germany on Tuesday-Thursday next week. Embedded World is an annual trade show with a highly-regarded technical conference. This is an annual pilgrimage for me, as I generally have papers in the conference. This year is no exception … Mentor Embedded has a strong presence at the show, with a large booth, featuring a wide … Read More

13 Feb, 2015

John Day Sen. Edward J. Markey (D Mass.) In a report issued last week Massachusetts Democratic Senator Edward J. Markey says wireless technologies leave vehicles exposed to hackers, and new standards are needed to plug security and privacy gaps in cars and trucks. Hacking is a serious concern, and the thought of some nefarious thing happening as we drive is scary, to say the least. Senator Markey’s report, “Tracking … Read More

13 Feb, 2015

Colin Walls In the UK, it is well known that an early sign of being old is making the observation “don’t the policemen look young”. As I am an advocate of the “60 is the new 40″ concept [even though I have a couple of years to go], I like to think of myself as being up to date on most things. However, there are some areas of life that challenge me. Clothes fashion is one [that has … Read More

11 Feb, 2015

Dennis Brophy Accellera Approves Creation of Portable Stimulus Working Group At DVCon 2014, Mentor Graphics proposed Accellera launch an exploratory exercise, called a Proposed Working Group (PWG), to determine if there was sufficient interest and need to create a standard in this area.  To help motivate the consideration of this activity, we indicated we would offer our graph-based test specification embodied in … Read More

10 Feb, 2015

Colin Walls Although I doubt that many engineers habitually view things this way, marketing folks like to divide the world into sectors. So, embedded systems might be in telecoms, medical, automotive, consumer, mil-aero, or industrial. There are probably others that I have not thought of. Each sector has its own characteristics and may or may not sound interesting to be involved in. Automotive is quite high profile … Read More

10 Feb, 2015

Robin Bornoff A full 3D thermal simulation of an electronic system requires, not surprisingly, a 3D geometric representation of the proposed design. Much of the design data for a phone, laptop, blade server, IGBT cooling system etc. often already resides in an MCAD system and is readily importable into FloTHERM or loadable into FloTHERM XT. EDA design data, be it a PCB layout or BGA substrate, is often held in 2 … Read More

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