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Electrical & Wire Harness Design

Currently, most methods for optimizing an Electrical Distribution System employ unsophisticated and manual spreadsheet tools. Any detailed feedback on critical metrics such as cost or weight typically relies... View White Paper

Wiring synthesis is a transformative technology for vehicle wiring design. Using principles of Model Driven Systems Engineering (MDSE), wiring synthesis automatically generates detailed vehicle wiring design... View White Paper

A series of fatal aircraft accidents between 1996 and 1999 focused regulators on wiring-related failures, resulting in the creation of the Electrical Wiring Interconnect Systems (EWIS) requirements, FAR... View White Paper

In this competitive and challenging environment, thought-leaders are recommending a shift to systems engineering. Using a systems engineering approach could help OEMs maintain product quality, reduce costs,... View White Paper

Electrical design is getting more complicated - the electrics on even the "simplest" machines are sometimes beyond what the big car makers were doing 25 years back with big engineering teams and... View White Paper

Electric vehicle platforms bring with them a host of new challenges for designers. This white paper will explore how issues range from battery placement to electrical distribution to eliminating crosstalk... View White Paper

Electronic System Level Design

Vista Virtual Prototyping provides an early, abstract functional model of the hardware to software engineers even before the hardware design is implemented in RTL. It can run software on embedded processor... View White Paper

The power consumption of devices and the issues around designing for low power are hot topics at this time. This paper looks at the issues from a system-wide perspective and gives guidance on design strategies... View White Paper

In this paper we will illustrate the essential elements of a five step refinement flow. The first four steps in the flow have been realized in TSMC’s Reference Flow 11 and work is ongoing for reference... View White Paper

Hardware-aware virtual prototyping is the best way to optimize system performance, power consumption, and cost and enable concurrent HW/SW development. Using a multi-core design, this paper demonstrates... View White Paper

The opportunities for optimizing a design for power are greatest at the architectural level of abstraction, where the design architecture is determined. The further a design moves downstream the less effective... View White Paper

The OSCI TLM2 standard, scalable transaction-level models, and a methodology built around the Vista™ Model Builder technology overcome the three prevalent concerns about electronic system level design.... View White Paper

Embedded Software

Given the critical nature of the functions performed by today’s medical devices, greater scrutiny along with the need for more certifiable software is on this rise. There is more interest today in... View White Paper

To enable remote patient care and provide increased mobility in hospital settings portable medical devices, Personal Area Networks (PANs), and home health systems are seeing a significant increase in investment... View White Paper

Embedded connectivity has been around since the early days of M2M. But what is new are the many complexities and emerging standards embedded system developers need to know if they are to design the latest... View White Paper

It seems these days, just about every embedded system has some type of operating system. And there are more options today as to which OS to choose. Is open source your best choice? What about a free RTOS?... View White Paper

Interactive user interfaces (UI) are fast becoming a basic requirement in many embedded applications and Qt® is a popular cross-platform application and framework to help develop such compelling UIs.... View White Paper

Energy efficiency is a top concern among developers building connected devices for the smart grid. Initially, the application-centric approach to building a device was used. But today, with sophisticated... View White Paper


Article in Electronic Design reprinted from October 2014 by renowned Verification Consultant, Dr. Lauro Rizzatti. The average design size today hits or exceeds 50 million application-specific integrated-circuit... View White Paper

Article in Electronic Design reprinted from April 2014 by renowned Verification Consultant, Dr. Lauro Rizzatti. The fundamental difference between commercial FPGA-based emulators and emulators based on... View White Paper

Engineers writing embedded software for 32-bit microcontrollers at the STMicroelectronics campus in Agrate Brianza, Italy used Mentor Graphics' requirements tracing tool, ReqTracer, on a recent project.... View White Paper

This paper provides a practical, easy, step-by- step set of instructions on how to add assertions to your RTL design. By following the simple guidelines provided in this paper you will benefit by cutting... View White Paper

This paper discusses DO-254 and what it requires for verification (including advanced methods for DAL A/B designs), explains the original intent of Elemental Analysis, the way it is typically satisfied... View White Paper

Using IP blocks in designs requiring DO-254 compliance is becoming more popular as a way to reduce costs and schedules. However, the use of IP comes with its own problems and pitfalls. A good methodology... View White Paper

Functional Verification

Article in Insider reprinted from June 2014 by renowned Verification Consultant, Dr. Lauro Rizzatti. These days, you’d need to be buried under a pile of verification reports not to know that hardware... View White Paper

Article in Electronic Design reprinted from July 2014 by William Wong, Technical Editor Electronic Design Hardware emulation has become a key component of a project team’s verification strategy, used... View White Paper

Article in Electronic Design reprinted from July 2014 by renowned Verification Consultant, Dr. Lauro Rizzatti. More design is being done at the system level than ever before. The enabling technology for... View White Paper

Article in Electronic Design reprinted from April 2014 by renowned Verification Consultant, Dr. Lauro Rizzatti. The fundamental difference between commercial FPGA-based emulators and emulators based on... View White Paper

Article in Embedded Computing Design reprinted from November 2014 by renowned Verification Consultant, Dr. Lauro Rizzatti. View White Paper

In this paper we present the basic concepts of power-aware verification in mixed-signal simulation and apply them to verify a tire pressure monitoring system SoC. View White Paper

Intellectual Property

The consumer device market is witnessing incredible market space convergence between mobile handheld, automotive, and home electronics. IP vendors, engineers, and system design engineers face a multitude... View White Paper

The new CE-ATAinterface standard for handheld devices and consumer electronic portables is quickly emerging as the most promising storage interface standard today. Replacing SATA, CE-ATA addresses many... View White Paper

This paper investigates the suitability of Ptolemy II platform for current complex hardware systems design, modeling, simulation, verification, synthesis and implementation. Systems complexity, lower process... View White Paper

Demonstrated in this paper is a technique for automatic circuit resizing between different technologies. It relies on design knowledge extraction, which renders it very fast compared to full optimization... View White Paper

Design Reuse is part of the solution to closing the widening gap between what is possible to implement in Silicon and what is practical to design with current design methodologies and tools. The question... View White Paper

The never ending increase of silicon capacity available to system and IC designers, as predicted by Moore's Law, brings on a cyclical crisis in design methodology and engineering productivity generating... View White Paper

IC Design

The growing use of MEM's in today's complex products requires new approaches to capacitance calculation to ensure companies can meet their time-to-market targets while producing products that meet... View White Paper

Tough reliability standards for electronic automotive safety systems ensure that integrated circuits (ICs) for these systems comply with demanding performance and reliability requirements. However, companies... View White Paper

Automotive electronics play a critical role in today's automotive safety systems. With little room for error, the integrated circuits (ICs) that make up these systems must operate reliably in extreme... View White Paper

Design rule checking (DRC) is extremely complex at 28nm and below, and can be the critical path to timely tapeouts and high-quality designs. At STMicroelectronics, Calibre® RealTime provided a 2-5X... View White Paper

AMD reported significant productivity improvement on an actual 20nm product design when using Calibre RealTime to fix DRC errors. Calibre RealTime not only provided immediate DRC feedback, enabling a rapid... View White Paper

In this paper we present the basic concepts of power-aware verification in mixed-signal simulation and apply them to verify a tire pressure monitoring system SoC. View White Paper

IC Manufacturing

Design patterns have a wide variety of applications in the design, verification and test flows of IC development. From significantly reducing rule deck complexity to simplifying the task of avoiding known... View White Paper

In today’s semiconductor industry, both the pure-play and independent device manufacturer (IDM) foundries are constantly and rigorously competing for market share. A key feature in their success is... View White Paper

Computational lithography solutions rely upon accurate process models to faithfully represent the imaging system output for a defined set of process and design inputs. These models, in turn, rely upon the... View White Paper

The trend to reduce critical features dimension has dramatically increased design file size. Design tape–out flows at the 28 nm technology node handle post-OPC data files that reach hundreds of gigabytes.... View White Paper

OPC models describe the entire patterning process, including photomask, optics, resist, and etch as a set of separately characterized modules. It is difficult, however, to definitively calibrate the optics... View White Paper

In this study, the weighing function of Calibre ContourCal, was evaluated using a familiar OPC data set used in previous published research. We discuss the quality of OPC model by applying different weighting... View White Paper

Mechanical Analysis

This whitepaper focuses on using thermal transient measurement techniques combined with power cycling for the evaluation of degradation in die attach material in power semiconductors, specifically IGBTs. View White Paper

Fluids are a critical factor for design. In almost every industry, engineers must assess the impact that fluids have on a product's performance and develop alternative designs that take those influences... View White Paper

When the history of fluid simulation is written, a justifiably large proportion of the tome will focus upon the development of solutions based on, or derivatives of, the Navier-Stokes equations. In fact,... View White Paper

This paper describes the Design of Experiments approach used in the Mentor Graphics 1D thermo-fluid simulation software Flowmaster V7 to address the issue providing simulation results in real-time. Mentor... View White Paper

Networking and telecom systems need to run 24/7, and continually increasing computing requirements and network traffic are increasing power densities in enclosures and on boards. These demands require ever-more... View White Paper

The insides of network and telecom equipment consist of a complex assembly of many solid objects (PCBs, electronics packages and devices, cabling, fans, and heatsinks, for example). Airflow is confined... View White Paper

PCB Manufacturing, Assembly & Test

So, you have invented and designed the next hit product, poised to wreak havoc with the competition and ensure continued financial success for the company for a long time into the future. View White Paper

The new Valor Production Plan software is an intelligent planning engine specifically tailored to include the unique requirements for the planning of SMT lines. View White Paper

The Valor Lean NPI flow, featuring Xpedition PCB Layout, Valor NPI for manufacturing rule management and Valor Process Preparation for comprehensive manufacturing process setup, uniquely supports the concept... View White Paper

This white paper explains exactly how the Valor solution works to enhance ERP capability, eliminate needless material costs, and promote flexibility and agility of electronics manufacturing in line with... View White Paper

This paper describes the solution that allows complete management and control for companies to optimize their business and their performance on commitment to customers, specifically with respect to effective... View White Paper

The electronics industry is experiencing an increase in the use of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) in a growing number of products. The lower power consumption, smaller size and longer life make LEDs an attractive... View White Paper

PCB Design

This white paper details the use of the DDRx Wizard for analyzing designs that implement the QDR 4 protocol. View White Paper

This is the first in a series of three white papers which discuss Optimum Design Associates’ business processes. In this paper, you'll learn about their approach to integrating PCB layout and... View White Paper

In this second in a series of three white papers, you will learn about Optimum Design Associates’ evolving NPI processes and their three stage approach for achieving best-practice Lean NPI: 1. DFM... View White Paper

It’s hard to imagine a GPS that doesn’t list landmarks, street names, or exit numbers. Every bit of visual information we get from map symbols and text makes navigating easier and faster. The... View White Paper

External automation is usually used, without the HyperLynx DRC GUI, to automate a layout review process by checking a particular layout design against pre-defined DRC rule set, then generating reports for... View White Paper

At first glance, managing PCB design data seems rather simple, just bundle a released design, its BOM, and the viewable files for later use. Yet this is only one small aspect of the process. In this paper... View White Paper

Silicon Test & Yield Analysis

In this whitepaper, we explore how a layout- aware diagnosis is a powerful tool for both failure analysis engineers, who find the root cause of a particular failing die, and for yield engineers, who need... View White Paper

Large System on Chip (SoC) designs present many challenges to all design disciplines, including design-for-test (DFT). By taking a divide-and-conquer approach to test, significant savings in tool runtime... View White Paper

Scan logic diagnosis turns failing test cycles into valuable data and is an established method for digital semiconductor defect localization. The advent of layout-aware scan diagnosis represented a dramatic... View White Paper

As the industry transitions to 3D ICs, new test strategies are being developed to meet to two 3D IC test goals: improving the pre-packaged test quality and establishing new tests between the stacked die.... View White Paper

Tessent Cell-Aware ATPG is a transistor-level ATPG-based test methodology that achieves significant quality and efficiency improvements by directly targeting specific shorts; opens and transistor defects... View White Paper

Two test strategies are used to test virtually all IC logic—automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) with test pattern compression, and logic built-in self-test (BIST). For many years, there was a... View White Paper

System Modeling

This paper describes how using model-based engineering supports making informed design decisions. Model-based engineering provides for a concurrent design process that allows users to examine and define... View White Paper

Nonlinear loads, such as those used in electric vehicle chargers, introduce power quality issues within distributions that can have detrimental effects on system assets. This paper presents shows how a... View White Paper

This paper discusses ways that model-based development lays the groundwork for an integrated design flow that addresses the complexity challenge once and for all. Thanks to recent advances in modeling languages... View White Paper

When employed at the start of the design process, simulation provides an environment in which a system can be tuned, can be optimized, and critical insights can be gained. Then, during the verification... View White Paper

Modeling is a useful technique that allows important variables to be parameterized and provides visibility to the key factors that drive performance. This white paper describes how to apply an electrochemical... View White Paper

This paper explores a more modern approach to system development built on a Model Driven Development (MDD) approach. MDD directly addresses the three key challenges of systems design: 1) sequential development... View White Paper

Vehicle Network Design

This paper demonstrates the interaction and the interoperability of architecture and model-based design environments in five steps using the examples of MATLAB, Simulink, and Embedded Coder by MathWorks,... View White Paper

This paper discusses how round-trip engineering can be used as an iterative development process and describes interoperability between tools from Mentor and MathWorks. View White Paper

This paper describes a meta-model that covers specific portions of software-oriented AUTOSAR development methodology using the ECU Resource Template. View White Paper

Proper safeguarding of safety-critical systems in an automotive environment cannot be ensured sufficiently without taking timing into consideration. The failure to observe timing constraints can lead to... View White Paper

This paper describes ways tools are quickly becoming the foundation for optimization processes that help engineers design profitable... View White Paper

Current development trends in automotive software feature increasing standardization of the embedded software structure. But, it still remains the critical issue of the overall engineering information management... View White Paper