Smartphone Innovation Ignites IoT Creativity


The unrelenting drive to add more sensor-based features at a lower cost in smartphones has opened up opportunities for companies large and small to create innovative IoT edge products. With close to 15 billion MEMS-based sensors shipped in 2015 (expanding to 30 billion by 2020) at an average selling price of $1 (Yole Développement “Status of the MEMS Industry report for 2015”), many design... » read more

Five Automotive Megatrends


We see the term 'new mobility' becoming a catch-all for everything happening in connected, autonomous, electric vehicle development. It’s too broad a term to describe the future, we need to drill down a level. We have to look beyond automotive today, see where industry technology convergence is taking us, and identify the megatrends. Here at Mentor Automotive, we have identified five: Connect... » read more

Data Management For IIoT Devices: Is Your Software Stack Up To Task?


By now we’ve heard about the great things the IIoT will bring; increased productivity, improved operational efficiency, innovation, greater competitiveness the global markets, and so on. But there’s a major shift underway that’s worth mentioning. …what is this shift? Image courtesy of EETimes. The rise of the edge device Today we are seeing intelligent processing and ... » read more

Automotive IC Design Drives Simulation Innovation


By Roberto Stella, STMicroelectronics and Ahmed Eisawy, Mentor Graphics STMicroelectronics invented the Bipolar, CMOS, DMOS (BCD) technology for the intelligent power applications demanded by automotive ICs. This technology is widely-adopted by the automotive IC industry. But, designing automotive ICs is very challenging. It requires innovative techniques to ensure that the ICs can stand u... » read more

Engineering Challenges Of ADAS


Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have made tremendous strides in the past decade. The technology is part of the larger thrust to improve safety of cars, which cause over a million deaths per year around the world. Fortunately, fatal crashes have been on a steady decline for decades even as automobile usage has gone up. This is due in large part to safety-related technologies, including... » read more

Automotive Digitalization And The Customer Relationship


A current big idea that’s kicking around, one that motivates much of what we’re trying to do with Mentor Automotive tools and services, is that digitalization represents the third relatively recent disruption of the auto industry. Yes, the effects of the first two, the opening of China and the electrification of the powertrain, are still being felt. But the effects of the third will almost... » read more

Life on the Edge of IoT


The world on the edge of the IoT provides a rich microcosm to explore. While much of the attention paid to IoT is on big data applications in the cloud or the world of aggregating massive data provided by the real-world edge devices in the wild though cellphones and gateways, the edge devices themselves present a cornucopia of design challenges and exciting applications. Sensors and actuators m... » read more

Perspectives on the Future of Mobility from SAE World Congress 2016


The discussions rage on, and I'm not talking about any election banter, which is growing tiresome. (I’ll note here that election cycles back home in the U.K. last just a month or so.) I’m talking about the future of mobility, the way you and I get around in the world — a hot topic last month at SAE World Congress. Along with much of the rest of the automotive engineering community, I w... » read more

The Road To Electronics Consolidation In The Vehicle


I’ve been at Mentor for more than six months as the director of automotive marketing. It’s an exciting technology space with many great stories to tell, most stemming from the fact that the automotive industry is being disrupted like never before. Indeed, I’ve heard it said more than once that there will be more change in the next 5 to 10 years than there has been since the days of Henry ... » read more

Is Your IoT Network Just Another Playground For Hackers?


Let's talk about how the IoT is evolving. Last year, Gartner published a study that said 5.5 million new “things” were being connected to the Internet every day. The study predicts that by the end of this year there will be 6.4 billion connected devices, and by 2020 there will be 20.8 billion connected devices. That’s a lot of connected things to keep track of and to protect fro... » read more

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