Avoiding The Barriers For Multi-Board Systems Design Development


Designing electronic systems that comprise multiple interacting boards, connectors and cables requires a multi-discipline team collaboration to effectively manage design complexity for optimum product performance and reliability. Multi-board systems may comprise two boards or up to hundreds of boards, packing a cabinet or rack, with interconnected connectors and/or cables. Since the hardware fu... » read more

Industry 4.0 And The Internet Of Manufacturing For PCB Assembly & Fabrication


For years, the PCB manufacturing industry has needed a robust real-time, comprehensive shop-floor communication standard that would include detailed, bidirectional, machine-to-machine communication, as well as shop-floor to IT computerization communication. Now, there is a solution: the Open Manufacturing Language (OML), an open communications specification managed through a community of indust... » read more

Moving Automotive Test Into The Analog Domain


The amount of electronic content in passenger cars continues to grow rapidly, driven mainly by the integration of various advanced safety features. The industry’s move towards fully autonomous vehicles promises to even further increase the number of these safety features and consequentially, the electronic content required in each vehicle. Recent reports indicate that hundreds of semicondu... » read more

The Rise Of Complex Debug On Heterogeneous Multicore SoCs


When projects move away from discrete development of loosely coupled systems to an integrated heterogeneous environment, elephantine debugging challenges are created. These challenges do not exist during discrete development because developers are able to design, develop, test, and optimize within the confines of their own device. But when consolidating heterogeneous systems, developers and ... » read more

Advanced Analog And Mixed Signal Design Continues Pushing The Design Envelope


As PCB design has evolved into its present form with extremely complex boards housing high speed circuitry in very small areas, analog and mixed signal (AMS) and high speed analysis can address the latest design challenges. Analog/mixed signal design More and more products incorporate more than just digital circuitry. The vast majority of products now integrate digital and analog circuitr... » read more

Improve DFT Verification And Meet Time-To-Market Goals With Emulation


What if all the DFT verification on your next big chip could be completed before tape-out? This “shift-left” of DFT verification would eliminate the need for shortcuts in verification and allow for more types of verification. The benefits of faster and earlier DFT verification include higher confidence in the “golden” RTL, eliminating DFT from the critical path of tape-out, and more pre... » read more

What I Learned About Heatsinks Using Thermal Simulation


By Yousaf Mohammed, Student Intern at Mentor Graphics When designing electronics, heat dissipated to the surroundings by micro devices is an important consideration because heat has a powerful and stringent effect on their operation and lifespan.  When an electronic device overheats, components start to wear out more quickly, degrade, cross the threshold into safe mode, and then stop functi... » read more

Deep Space Design Considerations


The linchpin technology in a deep space telescope is the ability to efficiently convert analog image sensor data into digital data in order to beam home high-resolution images of astronomical objects. The analog-to-digital converters (ADC) must perform flawlessly once deployed, because it is not feasible to drive out 1 million miles into space to fix any problems. The next-generation success... » read more

Enhanced Electro-Mechanical Collaboration


By Alex Grange and Linda Mazzitelli Integrating electronics into its mechanical environment comes with a number of challenges that boil down to Collision and Connectivity (does the cabinet bang against that capacitor?) and Synchronization (is mechanical designing to the latest PCB design and vice versa?). The culprit to problems that arise usually is the result of poor communications. Mod... » read more

Can You Really Fry an Egg on a CPU?


Solving complex thermal models with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) requires a lot of processing power, and a central processing unit (CPU) under full load generates a fair amount of heat. But can you cook an egg on it? Search online and you can find videos of people attempting to cook on their processors—I wouldn’t recommend this as a cooling solution. However, just out of curiosity, I ... » read more

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