Automotive’s Unsung Technology


Sound systems are becoming a critical design element in vehicles, and not just for music. Thanks to evolving technology, automotive audio has reached a point where it is taking on a much broader role for applications both within and outside the vehicle. Most people associate automotive audio with the car radio, which has been a fixture in cars for decades. But in the future, these systems al... » read more

ON Semiconductor Meets AEC Requirements For Automotive Smart FET Drivers With Eldo Platform’s Electrothermal Analysis


ON Semiconductor is a leading provider of products for automotive applications that follow the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC Q-100-012) requirements for reliability characterization of smart power devices. This case study documents the verification challenges and solutions to validate short circuit reliability of Automotive Smart FET driver ICs according to these AEC requirements. Designe... » read more

Five Things You Need To Know Before Selecting An RTOS


Almost any embedded device is likely to need an operating system of some description. Making the decision to use an OS, selecting it and planning its deployment are all challenging. In this paper, we will take a detailed look at the 5 key issues facing an embedded developer, who is considering the selection of an OS: 1. Does the design need an operating system at all? Some designs might appear... » read more

Reduce Verification Complexity In Low/Multi-Power Designs


Accurate and efficient low-power and multiple-power domain verification requires both knowledge of the overall system’s power intent and careful tracking of signals crossing these power domains. Calibre PERC is the only comprehensive solution capable of providing transistor-level power intent verification without the need for SPICE simulation on both the schematic and layout side of your desi... » read more

IIoT Grows, But So Do Risks


By Jeff Dorsch & Ed Sperling After years of fitful progress, [getkc id="78" kc_name="Industrial Internet of Things"] technology is gaining adoption on the factory floor, in the electrical power grid, and other areas that could do with greater amounts of data analysis and insights from a connected ecosystem. AT&T, General Electric, IBM, Verizon Communications, and other large ... » read more

Sensors, Sensors Everywhere


Here’s a statement that will surprise no one: autonomous driving was once again a big theme last month at SAE World Congress in Detroit. This is the case at nearly any automotive or tech show these days. There were dozens of displays related to self-driving tech on the exhibit floor, a fact captured in the various social media feeds and news coverage of the event. Mentor was part of this s... » read more

In Search of Life On The Exoplanets


Space exploration is a constant driver of scientists around the world, searching for life on planets outside our solar system (exoplanets). The news is often filled by wondrous discoveries and promising leads that point to potential life outside of Earth. This search often depends on a key piece of technology – the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that accurately maps analog imaging to a dig... » read more

What’s Next In Neural Networking?


Faster chips, more affordable storage, and open libraries are giving neural network new momentum, and companies are now in the process of figuring out how to optimize it across a variety of markets. The roots of neural networking stretch back to the late 1940s with Claude Shannon’s Information Theory, but until several years ago this technology made relatively slow progress. The rush towar... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Finance SENSORO reports receiving $18 million in Series B funding from Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Sumitomo, and Tsing Capital. Nokia Growth Partners provided $10 million in first-round financing two years ago. SENSORO, which provides Internet of Things sensor devices and network technology, was established in 2013 as part of the Microsoft Accelerator program. Daylight Investors of Los An... » read more

Design Complexity Drives New Automation


As design complexity grows, so does the need for every piece in the design flow—hardware, software, IP, as well as the ecosystem — to be tied together more closely. At one level, design flow capacity is simply getting bigger to accommodate massive [getkc id="185" kc_name="finFET"]-class designs. But beyond sheer size, there are new interactions in the design flow that place much more emp... » read more

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