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7 Jul, 2014

Colin Walls I have made a number of recent postings focused on C++ issues, responding to a number of questions. I have a few more planned, but I was intending to give this topic a rest for a while. However, my eye was caught by one question, which I felt had some potential: I learned that Objective C objects are not complete copies of the class object. In other words, only the data and certain static structures … Read More

1 Jul, 2014

Mark Laing Hi there We recently released a new version of the Valor Production Planning application that has enhancements to support both LED Binning and Key Performance Indicators or KPIs. LED Binning is widely used in the automotive market place but will also be applicable to any industry where LEDs are used for displays that require consistent lighting levels. The issue here is that LEDs that have the same … Read More

1 Jul, 2014

John McMillan Back in the mid-80’s when I first started hand-taping PCB designs 2:1 on mylar, it was pretty clear that printed circuit design wasn’t a simple start-here-and-proceed-to-the-finish-line type of design flow. Design changes happen. Getting a new netlist with a re-pinned out FPGA just after you’ve finished routing a design is not a new anomaly. Just try to imagine how big of a pain it was and how time-consuming … Read More

30 Jun, 2014

Colin Walls I am continuing to mine the rich vein of questions from my online C++ lectures, which I started two weeks ago. I am always pleased to receive questions about any aspect of embedded software by comment, email or through social media. Another three questions to consider today … I just wondering how the compiler and linker optimize C++ code. How do we compare the this optimization in different tool … Read More

30 Jun, 2014

John Day Don’t you hate it when your car won’t start and you need to call for help? Even worse is when your car breaks down at whatever hour, somewhere along the way to your destination. What happens between the time you call for service and the time your car is fixed is likely to influence your degree of satisfaction with the car you bought and the dealer who repaired it. How well were you treated by the call … Read More

30 Jun, 2014

J VanDomelen For the first time in history, NASA will launch a 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS) under the 3D Printing In Zero-G Technology Demonstration, which is laying the ground work for developing an on-demand machine shop for current and future deep-space missions. NASA partnered with Made In Space, maker of the first space-bound 3D printer, via Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant … Read More

30 Jun, 2014

Robin Bornoff If there’s one word that describes electronics products it’s ‘complexity’. Actually, scratch that, that’s too generic a term. How about ‘cluttered’? IC packages are constructed from a number of different parts, soldered onto a PCB that is constructed from a series of layers and secured into some kind of chassis. ‘Packaging’ at various levels, physically … Read More

29 Jun, 2014

J VanDomelen The military and aerospace (mil/aero) community is excited about the prospect of producing critical components with the aid of three-dimensional (3D) printers. Additive manufacturing is the name ascribed to the trend, one which has been employed in a variety of industry verticals and is now being adopted by mil/aero organizations. The technology and materials have matured, and are turning heads in the … Read More

29 Jun, 2014

J VanDomelen NASA officials partnered with industry to launch the 3D Printing in Zero-G Experiment and Technology Demonstration, with the goal of validating the additive manufacturing capabilities in zero-gravity. NASA scientists and Made In Space engineers at NASA Ames Research Park in California considered the International Space Station (ISS) to be the optimal place to initiate the journey of in-space manufacturing. The … Read More

27 Jun, 2014

J VanDomelen “Imagine an astronaut needing to make a life-or-death repair on the International Space Station. Rather than hoping that the necessary parts and tools are on the station already, what if the parts could be 3D printed when they needed them?” postulates Aaron Kemmer, chief executive officer of Made In Space, located at the NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, Calif. All space missions today are completely … Read More

26 Jun, 2014

Nazita Saye Recently a couple of my friends came to England to do a grand tour of the island. We arranged to meet half-way through their three week journey. The plan was simple. I would take the train from London to Norwich where they’d pick me up and we’d drive 181 miles north to York for the weekend. By we I mean Alan was going to drive while Susan and I were going for a ride. A perfect opportunity to catch up … Read More

25 Jun, 2014

John Day The entertainment bar is higher these days than it used to be in the pre-smartphone era. That’s true in general, of course, but I’m thinking specifically at the moment about kids on long car trips. Each may want his/her own entertainment, and with some new technology introduced this week by Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc., they’ll be able to have it in the relatively near future. Mitsubishi … Read More

23 Jun, 2014

Charles Pfeil This is the third post in this routing series. View the first and second post. Board fabricators will tell everyone that spacing is king. If the traces can be spread apart and centered between via and/or pin pads, then it will result in higher yields during the fabrication process. Fewer shorts will be created and less work will be required to remove them. In Expedition PCB and Xpedition PCB Layout, … Read More

23 Jun, 2014

Kamran Shah Our team recently held a seminar in California that covered topics related to the development of medical devices. This included a discussion on how to navigate the FDA approval process and to to develop software that conforms to the IEC 62304 standard. One area that was brought up by Steve Robertson is the increased FDA focus on cybersecuirty. FDA Concerns with Cybersecurity The internet of things ecosystem … Read More

19 Jun, 2014

John Day Is your car connected? And if so, how, and to what extent? We have relatively simple Bluetooth smartphone connections on the one hand and comprehensive embedded systems on the other. Connected car technology is evolving quickly, and keeping up with it is non-trivial. So I was interested to learn recently that tier one supplier Continental agreed to license Airbiquity’s Choreo connected car service platform … Read More

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