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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

Mentor Graphics, Mentor, AgustaWestland, Embraer, Airbus, Forbes, Geek, Gulfstream, Aerospace, bizjet, dot-com bubble, Bombardier, EBAA, Beechcraft, EBACE, billionaire, Eclipse, Cirrus, Cessna, Dassault, Mentor.com, Technology, Pilatus, Socata, millionaire, NBAA, Mil-Aero, Milaero

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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20 May, 2014

John Day I appreciate Mentor Graphics inviting me to moderate a panel discussion at the Design Automation Conference (DAC). The topic: Electric Vehicle Electrical/Electronic Architectures – Evolutionary or Revolutionary. Based on first impressions it appears that the session will be lively. If you’re planning to attend, the session starts at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 3 in room 309. The session topic is the degree … Read More

Lear Corporation, Mentor Graphics, Delphi, Wrightspeed Inc., Seoul National University, TUM CREATE LTD

20 May, 2014

John McMillan

This is the 3rd of my 5-part blog series focusing on cool features, tips and tricks that will enable you to get the most out of the LP Creator included with every seat of PADS VX. Part 1 and Part 2 of my PADS LP Creator blog can be found on our new PADS.com website here: pads.com/blog. Fun Fact #3: Did you know that once you’ve created a land pattern, like a typical 0603 capacitor, that you can quickly

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Land pattern creation

19 May, 2014

Colin Walls As I continue with my current pre-occupation with C++, I decided to discuss some aspects of the language with my colleague Jonathan Roelofs, who is a development tools specialist. Like me, Jonathan is particularly interested in the tools issues that concern embedded developers. As it seems to have wide interest, I decided to explore exception handling … I have a concern about the overhead of extra … Read More

exception handling, EHS

16 May, 2014

Michael Ford

At APEX this year, I was talking about material inventory integrity across the factory shop-floor and warehouse infrastructure, and the huge effect that it can have on the bottom line of any manufacturing business. You can see this on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGBIFL_RXkw&noredirect=1 The ERP system is one of the largest investments made in electronics manufacturing. It is responsible

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Material Turns, Inventory Accuracy

15 May, 2014
Embedded Software

C++ Q&A

Posted by Colin Walls

Colin Walls As my interest in C++ continues, I have been soliciting questions about C++ for embedded on various social media platforms. I you have a question, please email or tweet and I will do my best to answer it. #AB10630 / gettyimages.com Here is a question that came in yesterday: How testable is C++, specifically for constructs like abstract classes, templates, exceptions? This is quite a complex question … Read More

15 May, 2014

John Parry Come and join us for THERMINIC 2014 in London! The first deadline for abstract submissions to the 20th IEEE Workshop on THERMAL INVESTIGATIONS OF IC’s AND SYSTEMS (THERMINIC 2014) to be held at the magnificent World Heritage Site in Greenwich, London, has now passed. We’ve had a great response to the first call for abstracts, with more abstracts submitted this year compared to last year. The quality … Read More

Thermal measurements, THERMINIC, Compact Thermal Models, CTMs, CFD, power electronics, Thermomechanical reliability

15 May, 2014

Andrew Patterson Next week in Gothenburg the 10th GENIVI All-Members meeting is taking place. At the Demonstration Showcase on Wednesday 21st May, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software will present a wide array of Infotainment integrations, covering in-house technology, as well as leading partner solutions. The technology on dsiplay will include: Consolidated Domains We will have a GENIVI compliant Linux Infotainment system … Read More

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