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Electrical & Wire Harness Design

Manufacturers of off-highway vehicles are faced with the same challenges as companies in other sectors — reducing design and manufacturing costs, reducing lead times, and improving product quality.... View White Paper

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

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

Single-core processor designs for purpose-built devices used to rule the day. Now, heterogeneous multicore systems are quickly becoming the defacto architecture as devices are tasked to do more complex... View White Paper

When securing today’s modern devices, it’s not enough to know the type of device you want to secure. Equally important is the process used to develop that device. In this paper, we’ll... View White Paper

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


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

Russ Klein describes how Codelink, a Mentor Graphics trace-based debug tool, gives software developers a traditional software debug view from a unique processor trace, enabling them to increase emulator... View White Paper

Class-based debug is not the same as debugging RTL. You don’t have to be an object-oriented programmer in order to debug a class-based testbench, which is just a bunch of objects – some statically... View White Paper

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

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

Design constraints describe the intent of IC designers when developing electronic circuits. For example, constraints from electrical and thermal domains are transformed into corresponding physical constraints... View White Paper

Designing large SoCs at advanced nodes requires physical design tools and flows that are highly efficient and can offer excellent quality of results while effectively controlling turnaround time. One of... View White Paper

While reliability is a requirement for integrated circuits across all industries, process nodes, and design implementations, it is especially critical for applications serving industries such as transportation... View White Paper

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

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

A new class of intelligent fluid automation systems that are based on smart valve technology and capable of executing automatic damage control have the potential to reduce the manning required to operate... View White Paper

This example given in this paper has demonstrated that the behaviour of sophisticated fluid flow systems can be predicted using the commercially available Flowmaster software. Transient ‘fluid hammer’... View White Paper

This paper will focus on the use of simulation to help engineers meet the fluid dynamics aspects in the design of a single buoy mooring system. More specifically, the example model presented shows how Flowmaster®... View White Paper

Testing oil and gas facilities to ensure every possible eventuality is covered is an essential process, and Flowmaster can provide the tools to be able to test an entire system early in the design process... View White Paper

Lumped analysis of lumped automotive lubrication Systems using Flowmaster. Introduction: Internal combustion engines harness the energy produced by the combustion of gases in the cylinders for the purpose... View White Paper

In the history of the simulation of flow, heat and mass transfer processes for the development of products and processes, several phases can be observed: an early phase of the first commercial codes from... View White Paper

PCB Manufacturing, Assembly & Test

With the move from low-mix to high mix-manufacturing, the need for optimizing throughput across multiple batches of different product is critical to maximizing manufacturing output. Overall line utilization... View White Paper

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

PCB Design

PCB autorouters have been around for decades and have proven to be beneficial for routing nets, particularly with large digital designs. Rarely, however have autorouters been regarded as a push button process... View White Paper

This paper, originally presented at DesignCon and nominated for a best paper award, includes an investigation of DDR4's Pseudo Open Drain driver and what its use means for power consumption and Vref... View White Paper

Typically, design engineers spend only a fraction of their time with EDA tools. So, to help optimize every minute these engineers spend in the design-creation process, we have come up with a list of six... View White Paper

This white paper examines how evaluating the likely quality of the solder joints early in the PCB design and manufacturing process can alleviate the headaches of re-work in the PCB assembly process. Solder... View White Paper

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

Silicon Test & Yield Analysis

Embedded test compression was commercially introduced over a decade ago and has scaled to well beyond the 100X range envisioned when it was first introduced. However, growing gate counts enabled by new... View White Paper

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

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