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31 May, 2011

Mike Jensen Many mechatronic system capabilities depend on software as well as hardware. Hardware and software development methodologies, however, are quite often seperated within a company despite the obvious advantages of an integrated flow. In some ways, trying to combine hardware and software design into a single, integrated flow is much like trying to make a great salad dressing using oil and vinegar: getting … Read More

Hardware/software co-design, Add new tag, SystemVision conneXion, SystemVision SVX

16 May, 2011

Mike Jensen

All EDA companies share a common business objective: convincing customers to buy their tools over the competition. Among other marketing tasks, we search for graphics that best express the value of our tools, graphics that customers can look at and immediately understand. Having worked on many charts and graphs myself over the years, I’ll admit it’s not an easy job to find or develop just the right

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Modeling, Add new tag

3 Apr, 2011

Harry Foster   Effort Spent On Verification This blog is a continuation of a series of blogs, which present the highlights from the 2010 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study (click here). In my previous blog (click here), I focused on design and verification reuse trends. In this blog, I focus on the controversial topic of amount of effort spent in verification. I have been on the technical program … Read More

Functional Verification, Verification, Add new tag

30 Mar, 2011

J VanDomelen The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2012, if approved, will revert NASA’s spending to 2010 levels overall. This geek wonders if, as federal funds for space exploration shrink, commercial investment in space innovations will grow. If the previous couple years are any indication, the private space race is likely to heat up and reach new heights (hopefully low Earth orbit, most often referred … Read More

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28 Mar, 2011

John Day For some time now, carmakers have been focused on allowing customers to use smart phones and other connected devices inside vehicles. The idea, for the most part, was to leverage the customer’s data plan, with the manufacturer allowing certain apps on the customer’s cell phone to be controlled from the head unit or steering wheel. Then, earlier this month, two car companies announced agreements with … Read More

Google Local Search, Google Earth, Microsoft value-charging feature, AT&T, Sprint Drive First, AT&T cellular connection, T-Mobile SIM card, T-Mobile USA, Add new tag, wireless mobile, MyFord Mobile app, Audi MMI Navigation Plus, secure mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, Ford Focus Electric, Sirius Traffic, Audi, Sprint, Audi Connect

23 Feb, 2011

John Day I thought everybody but me had a smart phone but Tony Kraatz, lead engineer for GM’s new infotainment system, the Chevy MyLink, reminded me that, in fact, not everybody has one, so you won’t need one to use MyLink. Any Bluetooth phone or USB device will work, and if you don’t have either of those you can use the 7-inch color touch screen, steering wheel controls, or voice commands to control the radio, … Read More

IHS iSuppli, Gracenote, Infotainment, Bluetooth, turn-by-turn navigation, Chevrolet, Add new tag, Nuance, Chevy Volt, OnStar, GM, Chevy Equinox, Pandora Internet radio, Stitcher Internet radio, Chevy MyLink

31 Jan, 2011

Mike Jensen Recently I’ve been working on several modeling examples for an upcoming workshop. Creating a simulation model for any component presents many challenges, starting with figuring out exactly what you need to model. Naturally, the answer to this question determines not only what information the model can teach you about the system, but also, in general, how difficult the model will be to create. For the … Read More

Mechatronic, Add new tag

13 Nov, 2010

Paul Johnston Coming from Great Britain to live and work in the USA it still strikes me as curious that people would describe how they had “built their house.” In the UK - where people would say “bought a house.”  When you are getting a new house, in both locales home buyers would pay someone to build it. The contractor would offer choices of kitchen and bathroom fittings, floor plan, interior … Read More

Extensibility, Electrical Interconnect Design, Wire Harness, API, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Add new tag, COTS, Electrical Distribution Systems, CHS, Commercial off the Shelf Systems

5 Nov, 2010

Robin Bornoff Here at the Mechanical Analysis Department we love FloTHERM and we love developing FloTHERM to ensure it keeps up with the needs and follows the trends of the electronic thermal simulation market. The latest release of FloTHERM, V9.1, has a wealth of features and benefits that continues to ensure it’s position as the #1 CFD based software tool used for such purposes. Here are the top 8… Direct … Read More

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25 Oct, 2010

Mike Jensen In a recent blog post I mentioned the biennial SAE Convergence conference and exhibition. I spent most of last week in the Motor City dividing my time between the Mentor Graphics® and National Instruments™ booths on the exhibition floor. Among other products, we highlighted our partnership with National Instruments, and our SystemVision® SVX client for their LabVIEW™ test program development environment. … Read More

LabVIEW, SAE Convergence, Add new tag, SystemVision SVX, SquareOne

23 Sep, 2010

J VanDomelen In a previous life, I was a DJ and the lasers were one of my favorite parts of the nightclub (aside from the music). I have always been enamored by these amazing devices that shoot coherent beams of light out of them. LASER is an acronym meaning Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation and what many may not know is the predecessor of the laser was the MASER, which means Microwave Amplification … Read More

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30 Jul, 2010

J VanDomelen It is hard to imagine, but even modern aircraft rely on relatively old power switching technology. The electrical distribution unit (EDU) is the first or primary piece of equipment that distributes power on aircraft after it is produced from the generators. Current technologies used in these systems are electromechanical, meaning a piece of conductor physically has to move to make or break connections … Read More

Geek, Hardware, Warfighters, Vetronics, Aerospace, Milaero, Military, Operating System, Add new tag, Software, Mentor, Electric, Mentor Graphics, Electronic, Mentor.com, Mil-Aero

25 Jul, 2010

Harry Foster What does the word performance mean to you? Speed? Well, obviously speed is an important characteristic. Yet, if the team is running in the wrong direction, it really doesn’t matter how fast they are going. How about accomplishment? After all, we do assess an employee’s or project team’s accomplishments using a process we refer to as a performance review. What about efficiency, which is a ratio comparing … Read More

Formal Verification, Functional Verification, Add new tag

23 Jul, 2010

John Day Have you ever been stuck in traffic and envied the motorcyclist who can ride between lanes? It would be nice to be able to do that, but motorcycles are not for everyone. They can tip over rather easily, and don’t protect riders from the elements. On the other hand, they are quite efficient at transporting one or two people from point A to point B. Rick Woodbury gave this considerable thought back in … Read More

battery electric vehicle, Commuter Cars Corp., Add new tag, Rick Woodbury, Tango electric vehicle, Progressive Automotive, Progressive Automotive X-PRIZE

25 Jun, 2010

Harry Foster I’ve always loved the Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Yet, why merely settle for fish when you can have sushi! My point is, to remain strategically relevant in today’s competitive landscape, it is necessary to constantly reinvent ourselves and evolve our technical skills. To that end, we have created the Verification … Read More

OVM, Add new tag

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