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25 Aug, 2014

All of a Sudden…

Posted by John Day

John Day I knew that the college football season is almost upon us but was unaware until quite recently that it must be acquisition season. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence or, more likely, the end of the calendar year is approaching, but four automotive electronics-related acquisitions in the past couple of weeks (at least five in the past couple of months) seems like a lot. Infineon is acquiring International … Read More

19 Aug, 2014

John Day Mentor Graphics is sponsoring an automotive user conference from 8am to 5pm on Wednesday, September 10, at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan. User2User Automotive 2014 is free, and you can register or get more details at http://user2user.mentor.com/events/user2user-automotive/ The day begins with back-to-back keynotes by Martin O’Brien, Mentor Graphics General Manager, IESD, and Paul Menig, CEO, … Read More

12 Aug, 2014

Planning Ahead for DAC

Posted by John Day

John Day Yes, it’s true that June 7-11 2015 is almost a year away, but it’s not too early to mark your calendar and plan to attend the 52nd Design Automation Conference (DAC) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. DAC is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It’s … Read More

6 Aug, 2014

John Day This week at the Management Briefing Seminar, sponsored by the Center for Automotive Research, Volkswagen of America (VW) described the “holistic” approach it plans to take with its 2015 e-Golf, the all-electric, zero tailpipe emissions vehicle scheduled to go on sale later this year at participating dealerships in select US states. I’m looking forward to seeing it. Though it has the tailpipe covered, … Read More

31 Jul, 2014

Year of the Dragon

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) officials, having hosted Farnborough International Airshow 2014 earlier this month in England, added a space component to the biennial aviation event. Their timing is perhaps right on, given that the commercial space vertical is growing faster than many aerospace industry segments—with the exception of commercial aviation, of course. The commercial space industry … Read More

30 Jul, 2014

Good News for Garbage Trucks

Posted by John Day

John Day I had no idea, until I spoke earlier this week with Ian Wright, founder and CEO of a small San Jose California company called Wrightspeed, that a sizable percentage of garbage trucks (solid waste collection vehicles) in California no longer meet California Air Resources Board (ARB) emission standards and must be replaced. With new trucks costing in the vicinity of $500,000, that could be an expensive … Read More

30 Jul, 2014

Aviation Business is Booming

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen More than $201 billion U.S.—that is the total sum of orders and commitments placed at Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2014 this month in Farnborough, England, according to Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) officials. The figure represents an extremely positive note for the global aerospace industry, an FIL spokesperson says. Exhibitors at FIA2014, over the course of five days, announced orders … Read More

29 Jul, 2014

F-35 Fire Grounds Fleet

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen A Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was severely damaged when it erupted in flames on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on the morning of 23 June 2014. That singular event would have been enough to garner U.S. attention; yet, it has gained considerable attention among the global military and aerospace (mil/aero) market. Pentagon officials in Washington grounded the entire fleet of F-35 … Read More

28 Jul, 2014

The Ever-elusive F-35 JSF

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Every other July, military and aerospace (mil/aero) professionals and aviation enthusiasts from all over the globe flock to the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA). This month was no different, and this mil/aero geek found himself among a crowd of roughly 100,000 at FIA2014 in Farnborough, England. Attendees, to both the trade days and the public days, were anxious to see several commercial and … Read More

28 Jul, 2014

Farnborough Airshow Firsts

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen The global aviation community gathered in the United Kingdom (U.K.) this month for the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA). Leading up to the biennial event, the military and aerospace (mil/aero) industry was buzzing with excitement over several “firsts.” In fact, in advance of the show, Airshow Organizers Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) announced that the 2014 static aircraft park and the … Read More

25 Jul, 2014

Kids These Days

Posted by John Day

John Day Those of a certain age may remember what it was like to wait impatiently to turn 16 and be able to drive (legally). There was an excitement about driving and eventual car ownership that’s not there anymore, or at least not there to the same degree. Kids these days have other options, as do adults, especially those who live in urban areas. And that’s okay according to Scott Belcher, president and CEO … Read More

21 Jul, 2014

John Day Voice recognition in connected cars is great as far as it goes, but there are times (at least in my experience) when it doesn’t go quite far enough, and in those times it would be nice to hear a friendly greeting from a competent human being. “We focus on the smooth, elegant transition from technology-based service to live assistance, and there is a lot of opportunity in that space between the call … Read More

15 Jul, 2014

John Day The EV (Electric Vehicle) Roadmap 7 conference is coming up next Thursday and Friday (July 24-25) at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon. If you’re in the area, or can get there, visit http://evroadmapconference.com/ to register. Mentor Graphics is an enthusiastic supporter of the conference, so use the promotional code MENTOR0214 and get $50 off the regular registration price. EV Roadmap 7 is … Read More

8 Jul, 2014

John Day This week Mentor Graphics acquired XS Embedded GmbH (XSe), described as a technology leader in creating automotive system architectures and hardware reference platforms. Its forte is accelerating system design and verification by providing automotive-grade hardware and software to reduce the time to start of production (SOP). The faster the better. “By combining Mentor’s Android, hypervisor, security, … Read More

30 Jun, 2014

Car Won’t Start? Now What?

Posted by John Day

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

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