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21 Apr, 2014

A Clear View of What’s Behind

Posted by John Day

John Day I’ve not experienced this particular problem – with one exception – but I can well imagine that others have: a driver’s rearward visibility is marred by cargo, tall passengers, inclement weather, or what have you. Not good. Nissan is offering a solution – a Smart Rearview Mirror that combines a newly developed narrow-angle camera and a specially shaped LCD monitor. The monitor has an aspect … Read More

Nissan Rogue, rearview mirror, New York Auto Show, Smart Rearview Mirror

11 Apr, 2014

John Day In my last post I noted the launch by Freescale and Broadcom of a single-chip automotive microcontroller (MCU) that supports compact video compression and fast transmission of video data throughout a vehicle over unshielded twisted pair cabling. The firms said cabling weight could be reduced by up to 30% and connectivity costs reduced by up to 80%. But wait, there’s more. Cable weight in cars … Read More

automotive infotainment, Broadcom, Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), Maxim Integrated Products, microcontrollers, Freescale Semiconductor, head-up displays

11 Apr, 2014

Select a Space Suit

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen NASA officials want you – to cast your vote. Now through 15 April 2014, aerospace geeks everywhere have the opportunity to vote on their favorite futuristic space suit design. NASA’s next space suit, the Z-2, is the second and newest prototype in the space organization’s Z series of next-generation spacesuits. Its predecessor, the Z-1 suit, was named one of the best inventions of 2012 by Time Magazine. … Read More

Military, Milaero, nasa, 3D scanning, Aerospace, 3D Printing, Mentor.com, Space suit, Technology, Mil-Aero, Mentor, Z-1, z-2, Mentor Graphics

31 Mar, 2014

Future defense spending

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Many military and aerospace (mil/aero) industry pundits are expressing concern over the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 as it relates to defense spending. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, whose recommendations the President followed in the FY 2015 budget sent to Congress this month, also points out that the new plan is not without its risks. The last installment discussed Secretary Hagel … Read More

Milaero, Mil-Aero, Military, Hagel, Littoral Combat Ship, Geek, Mentor Graphics, Navy, Obama, Mentor.com, Marines, sequestration, Mentor

31 Mar, 2014

U.S. mil/aero investments in FY 2015

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Military and aerospace (mil/aero) professionals in North America are debating the U.S. President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, submitted to Congress this month. Priorities for defense going forward include homeland defense, strategic deterrence, building partnership capacity, and defeating asymmetric threats, as well as strengthening counterterrorism and crisis response capabilities. As a result, Special … Read More

Mentor.com, Mentor Graphics, Mil-Aero, F-35, UAS, Geek, US Air Force, Aerospace, Milaero, Lockheed Martin, Military, Mentor, Northrop Grumman, Global Hawk, Technology, Joint Strike Fighter

31 Mar, 2014

Defense budgets update

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen The military and aerospace (mil/aero) community has been talking about dwindling defense budgets in the U.S. and Europe for years. Attentions, especially those of technology companies providing mil/aero solutions, have turned to emerging markets, including BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries. President Obama sent his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget to Congress … Read More

Mil-Aero, Mentor.com, Milaero, Chuck Hagel, DoD, BRIC, Military, Mentor, Obama, Mentor Graphics, Geek, MENA

28 Mar, 2014

John Day We hear a lot about connected cars these days and clearly, if we’re going to have them, the cars need fast and reliable access to external data. Hoping to help that along, Continental this week introduced a high-speed telematics module that offers up to 100 Mbps bandwidth wherever in the world the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network standard is available. The module addresses cellular technologies … Read More

HSPA, high-speed telematics module, LIN, CAN, CDMA, 4G long term evolution (LTE), EVDO, MOST, USB, GSM, Wi-Fi, Ethernet

28 Mar, 2014

Boeing freighter with Seahawks livery

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen In advance of Super Bowl XLVIII—that is, even before the Seattle Seahawks’ triumph over the Denver Broncos—a Washington State technology leader brought the fans’ excitement to a fever pitch in a way that only The Boeing Company can. Boeing and Washington State have not been without their relationship-straining circumstances. Machinists and engineers have organized protests and held strikes. Unions have … Read More

Milaero, Mil-Aero, Seahawks, Aerospace, Boeing, 747-8F, Mentor Graphics, Seattle, Super Bowl XLVIII, Mentor.com, Broncos, Technology, Mentor

28 Mar, 2014

J VanDomelen The Super Bowl may be but a memory for many, but those of us in the Pacific Northwest are still reveling in victory and overflowing with pride. In case you missed it, Seattle Seahawks dominated this year’s Super Bowl with a decisive 43 – 8 victory over the Denver Broncos. Earlier this month, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey the Legion of Boom, the now infamous Seattle defense, held … Read More

Peyton Manning, Milaero, Seahawks, Broncos, Geek, Boeing, Seattle, Mentor.com, Super Bowl, Mil-Aero, Mentor, Mentor Graphics

24 Mar, 2014

John Day Now that the snow is finally starting to melt, it seems that potholes are everywhere. It makes sense to drive slowly and avoid them wherever possible because they can do serious damage to cars – $5 billion per-year worth in the U.S., by some estimates; several hundred dollars per-year for the average vehicle owner. “Drivers know immediately when they hit a pothole, but what they don’t … Read More

Lincoln MKZ, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), continuously controlled damping (CCD), potholes, sensors

19 Mar, 2014

John Day We’re seeing more and more advanced automotive concepts, and one that caught our eye this week came from TRW Automotive Holdings. They have a new steering wheel concept that they showed recently on the Rinspeed XchangE showcar at the Geneva Auto Show. What more can be done with a steering wheel, we wondered; it turns out, quite a lot. The wheel’s multi-functional features include hands on/off detection … Read More

Rinspeed XchangE showcar, steering wheel concept, Geneva Auto Show, TRW Automotive Holdings

14 Mar, 2014

Paul Johnston It happened again this year. The assembly of personages from Mentor Graphics involved in Sales or Technical support of the sales organization getting together for planning meetings, technical training, networking and more meetings.   There is a lot of misunderstanding about Sales people, what they do, how they do it and how much use they are to you when you are considering buying software from Mentor … Read More

Capital, Capital Harness Systems, Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems Design, Mentor Sales

12 Mar, 2014

What Will Volvo Think of Next?

Posted by John Day

John Day It took me a minute to grasp what Volvo meant by “roam delivery” service to connected cars. Say you’ve ordered something online and you’re not home when the product arrives. You have to make alternate plans in order to complete the transaction, and the delivery service incurs extra costs when it has to come by again – because they’re not going to enter your home when you’re not there. But your car … Read More

digital keys, roam delivery, autonomous parking, telematics app, Volvo Cars

4 Mar, 2014

Apple Launches CarPlay

Posted by John Day

John Day   Good news from Apple this week for those with Lightning-enabled iPhones (iPhone 5s, 5c and 5) who are planning to buy a new car later this year. The company says its CarPlay in-vehicle infotainment alternative “gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch.” Automakers expected to offer CarPlay include … Read More

Suzuki, Subaru, Nissan, BMW Group, Ferrari, Nvidia, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Siri, Apple CarPlay, General Motors, Kia, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, MirrorLink, Mitsubishi, Frost & Sullivan, iPhone, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota, Volvo

28 Feb, 2014

Pre-WWII Levels

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel earlier this week discussed recommendations for the Pentagon’s Defense Budget for Fiscal Year 2015. Many in the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community have, since Defense Sec. Hagel’s talk, been repeating “the smallest Army since before World War II” or something similar. That phrase is in reference to the recommendation to reduce the number of U.S. Army soldiers/troops … Read More

Milaero, Mil-Aero, Military, Chuck Hagel, DoD, advanced military technology, Mentor Graphics, soldier, U.S. Army, Mentor.com, Geek, Warfighters, WWII, Mentor

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