Mentor Graphics, Inc is a US-based multinational corporation dealing in electronic design automation (EDA) for electrical engineering and electronics. In 2001, it was ranked third in the EDA industry it helped create. Founded in 1981, the company is headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, and employs roughly 5,200 people worldwide with annual revenues of around $1 billion.

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  • Next week, Tuesday-Thursday, is what I believe to be the biggest event dedicated to embedded system development on the planet: Embedded World. It is a massive show. The exhibition includes just about anything remotely connected with embedded design. It is so large that there is a shuttle bus to take you from one side of the site to the other. Mentor is exhibiting there, of course, and, along with ...

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  • The Mentor Embedded IoT Framework complements and extends the massive investments made by cloud vendors to provide comprehensive IIoT features that can be implemented down to the hardware of the edge or end node devices – and can be ported across platforms and clouds. The benefits of using a framework such as MEIF are abundantly clear: minimize learning curves, simplify implementations, increase c...

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  • There is an old joke saying: “To err is human, but for a real ****-up, get a computer.” This chimes with many people’s experience of computers [and embedded systems!], because things do go wrong. Often. The irony is that almost all problems with computer systems, that are encountered on an everyday basis, are rooted in software. Who designs, writes and tests software? Human beings, that is who … S...

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  • There is much written about considerations of moving from RTOS to Linux for embedded projects. Based on  pragmatic experience of helping customers through the decision-making process and the actual transition, this paper provides practical information, so developers can be fully aware of the trade-offs of moving to OSS and the often unmentioned hidden costs of managing a Linux distribution.

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  • Today is another in my occasional series of posts that document a few useful tips for embedded software developers. I received some good feedback from the last posting in the series, so I hope that these tips are equally useful … Only use [ ] operator(s) with an array; not with a pointer. In C/C++ an array is accessed thus: x = myarray[3]; Two things are not immediately obvious. First, an array n...

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  • Designing an SoC for 3D TV Without using the Funny Glasses The best in PCB design during 2017 How To Sleep Easier If You Test Auto ICs For A Living 2017 was Hardware Emulation’s “Marvel-Apps” Year Signals     Designing an SoC for 3D TV Without using the Funny Glasses SemiWiki A new SoC design for 3D TVs eliminates the need for specialized glasses by performing real-time depth-of-field

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  • FREE electrical DRC's for any PCB layout tool: bit.ly/FreeHLDRC. Today’s producers of electronics cannot afford to leave automated design rule checking out of their PCB design process. Constant change in the industry has shrunk the available window of time between product development and release to market. HyperLynx® DRC rapidly identifies PCB design issues affecting EMI/EMC signal integrity and ...

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  • My latest video blog is now available. This time I am looking at how to make the simplest possible multitasking scheduler. You can see the video here or here: https://youtu.be/g-Lq3vz00Yw Future video blogs will continue to look at topics of interest to embedded software developers. Suggestions for topics are always welcome via comment, email or social networking.

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  • With the proliferation of Internet Of Things (IoT) across industry verticals, connecting embedded devices in a reliable and secure fashion to the cloud has become a table stakes requirement. From low-end microcontroller based devices to high-end Linux based systems, a scalable and consistent set of run-time services and support infrastructure are needed to enable the devices to participate in the ...

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  • With the proliferation of Internet Of Things (IoT) across industry verticals connecting embedded devices in a reliable and secure fashion to the cloud has become a table stake requirement. From low-end micro-controller based devices to mid to high-end head-less Linux based systems, several run-time services and support infrastructure are needed to enable the device to participate in the IoT system...

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  • Most software developers will have received some kind of training or education in programming techniques. Others may be self-taught. But either way, many will agree that much of the real learning comes later. When programming, it is possible to stumble across useful techniques or get advice from colleagues during a code review. Even very experienced programmers pick up new tips from time to time. ...

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  • Smarter DFT Infrastructure and Automation Emerge As Keys To Managing DFT Design Scaling IoT Project Planning – Profiting from the Folly of Others RTOS memory footprint Streamlining Thermal Design of PCBs Developing for autonomous driving is hard – really hard Smarter DFT Infrastructure and Automation Emerge As Keys To Managing DFT Design Scaling SemiEngineering DFT for large, complex SoCs

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  • My latest article on embedded.com has been published. This piece is the sixteenth installment of the RTOS Revealed series, which will continue to appear through the rest of 2018. The series will cover every aspect of real time operating systems. Signals In this article, I take a look at signals in an RTOS … Here are all the articles in the series: Introducing RTOS Revealed Program structure and

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  • By 2030, nearly 25% of all miles driven in the United States could be in shared autonomous electric vehicles, as per a recent study by the Boston Consulting Group. The majority of autonomous vehicles announced by automakers or that are in fleet testing have electric powertrains (if not full electric, then hybridized). An electric powertrain is indispensable for autonomous vehicles because of highe...

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  • 2017 was another great year for sourcing technical papers on embedded systems topics so I’ve compiled the list of the most popular white papers from 2017. Although security was a prevalent theme, IoT and Industrial IoT (IIoT) were also extremely high topics of interest for our readers’. Safety, medical, heterogeneous devices, and autonomous driving rounded out the top 10…actually the

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  • My latest video blog is now available. This time I am looking at partition memory in real time operating systems. You can see the video here or here: https://youtu.be/aXfatepOVRY Future video blogs will continue to look at topics of interest to embedded software developers. Suggestions for topics are always welcome via comment, email or social networking.

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  • After my last posting of 2017 was on a light note [at least I hope that it was read that way!], it would have been good to start 2018 in the same vein. However, it seems that this is not to be the case. A few days ago, I heard of the death, just before Christmas, of my old friend and colleague, Jim Ready … It is fair to say the Jim essentially invented the commercial real time operating system [RT...

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  • This is the second blog of a 2-part series. See part 1 here. In my previous blog, I briefly reflected upon the challenges faced by today’s automakers, especially resulting from a lack of meeting growing consumer expectations. In addition, new regulatory requirements and a desire to align with the broader industry trends are creating further headwinds for car makers. In this blog, let’s take a quic...

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  • 2017 has flown by and it’s fun to look back on what the embedded design community deemed most interesting in our blogs. This year we found that the most read blog was about the announced support for the IA16. We posted the blog on April 1st to seem like a joke while being very serious about the support for the platform, recognizing the needed long-term maintenance for platforms and the continued e...

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  • High Calibre Development Keeps Mentor on Top of the Game How To Use CFD To Test And Analyze A Chip Package Data-hungry applications demand emulation Closed-loop, multichannel A2B audio testing What’s new about the Industrial IoT? High Calibre Development Keeps Mentor on Top of the Game SemiWiki Advanced process nodes introduce new and more complex verification requirements making physical verifi...

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  • Even though autonomous driving has been a topic of interest for over half a century, there is currently no consensus on the exact technology that will form the basis of a driverless vehicle. Will future driverless vehicles be automatons which simply follow a set of pre-programmed instructions? Or will such vehicles be autonomous in the sense of deriving their own instructions based on a rule set? ...

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