Blog Review: Apr. 25


Mentor's Cristian Filip digs into SerDes design with a focus on the adoption and evolution of Channel Operating Margin (COM) as a tool for ensuring compliance of high-speed designs and why it's useful even if its mathematical procedure might be intimidating at the beginning. Cadence's Paul McLellan explains the importance of IBIS and AMI standards for SerDes design and why the upcoming DDR5 ... » read more

Xcerra’s Stock Buoyed by Busted Deal


The stock chart for XCRA, Xcerra’s common stock traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, looks like a hockey stick since late February, when the company called off its acquisition by Chinese investors in the face of opposition by the federal Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. That busted deal may prove to be a blessing in disguise for Xcerra, which posts impressive financ... » read more

Integrated Software For CompactRIO


Embedded software tools today are fragmented. This forces developers to waste time stitching together IDEs, compilers, debuggers, trace tools, profilers, and other disparate pieces in their toolboxes. Then they have to make these pieces cooperate with each other. Furthermore, these same developers must spend months building, testing, and debugging all the dependencies of an OS, middleware, a bo... » read more

Wireless Test Faces New Challenges


Your mobile phone is far more complex than it was even five years ago, and it’s about to become even more complex with new wireless technologies. That has set off a scramble among test equipment vendors to come up with solutions, methodologies and equipment that is affordable, effective and reliable enough to make sure all of this technology works as planned—and that it continues to work th... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Trade President Trump this week announced his decisions on the actions the administration will take in response to China’s alleged unfair trade practices covered in the USTR Section 301 investigation of “China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.” Trump has proposed import tariffs that amount to about $60 billion on pro... » read more

Merging Verification With Validation


Verification and validation are two important steps in the creations of electronic systems and over time their roles, but how they play together is changing. In fact, today we are seeing a major opportunity for rethinking this aspect of the flow, which could mean the end of them as separate tasks for many of the chips being created. As with many things in this industry, however, squeezing it... » read more

The Bumpy Road To 5G


5G is coming, but not everywhere, not all at once, and not the fastest version of this technology right away. In fact, the probable scenario is that 5G will be rolled out first in densely populated urban areas, starting in 2020 or 2021, with increasingly widespread adoption over the next decade after that. But 5G is unlikely to ever completely replace 4G LTE, just as a smart phone today roll... » read more

5G New Radio Signal Design


By Gent Paparisto, Joel Kirshman, and David Vye The CP-OFDM modulation scheme will have many options. Variable subcarrier spacing (SCS) will be 3.75, 15, 30, 60, 120, 240, 480 kHz with sub-1 GHz of 15 and 30 kHz and sub-6 GHz of 15, 30, and 60 kHz, and above 6 GHz of 60 and 120 kHz. There will be normal and extended CP options. Slot duration will be 0.5 ms, subframe curation will be 1 ms, an... » read more

TATA Motors Builds HIL Test System For Hybrid Vehicle Simulation Using NI Tools


The Challenge: Developing a scalable, flexible, and universal hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) platform to validate the integration of multiple electronic control units (ECUs) for a parallel hybrid vehicle. The Solution: Using the scalability of the PXI platform and the out-of-the-box functionality of NI VeriStand software to build a test system that could test six interconnected vehicle ECUs toge... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Fab tools Samsung Electronics has broken ground on a new extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography facility in Hwaseong, South Korea. The new EUV facility is expected to be completed within the second half of 2019 with production slated for 2020. The initial investment in the new EUV line is projected to reach $6 billion by 2020. Imec and Cadence Design Systems have collaborated on the develop... » read more

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