Category Archives: Research

R&D, studies, surveys

European Design Automation Association 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award honors Symtavision’s Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Ernst

The European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who make innovative contributions to electronic design, automation, and testing of electronic systems. Symtavision Board member Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Ernst has had a major role in automotive systems, HW/SW co-design, and as chair of many conferences.

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Newnes Publishes 5 Books on Electrical Engineering and Embedded Systems

MSP430-based Robot Applications by Dan Harres

Elsevier, under the Newnes imprint, recently published five books on Electrical Engineering and Embedded Systems. The titles of the books are MSP430-based Robot Applications, The Designer’s Guide to the Cortex-M Processor Family, Software Engineering for Embedded Systems, Real World Multicore Embedded Systems, and Model-Based Engineering for Complex Electronic Systems.

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PragmaDev Expects UML Modeling Usage to Decrease Again

PragmaDev UML modeling survey

PragmaDev released the results of their recent UML survey. According to their research, UML modeling technology usage is expected to decrease for the third year in a row. However, the effective usage of UML has been slightly growing from 65% in 2011, to 70% in 2012, up to 71% this year. These two trends mostly indicate UML has reached peaked and is about to start its decline.

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Cadence Design Systems Seeks Papers for MemCon 2013

Cadence Design Systems has issued a call for papers to be presented at MemCon 2013. Cadence is seeking presentations and papers on topics that illustrate users’ knowledge and expertise in memory design and architecture. The deadline for paper abstract submission is May 30, 2013. The MemCon conference showcases the thought leaders driving advances in memory technology. The event will take place August 6, 2013 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

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Application Note: Multisim/Ultiboard for Low-Frequency Simulation and Layout

Application Note: Multisim/Ultiboard for Low-Frequency Simulation and Layout

AWR published a new application note. The article explains how to complement Microwave Office circuit design software with National Instrument’s Multisim circuit simulation software and Ultiboard printed circuit board (PCB) layout software for a comprehensive design flow spanning from DC to microwave frequencies. The title of the technical paper is Multisim/Ultiboard for Low-Frequency Simulation and Layout.

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AWR Application Note: Design and Optimization of a Board-to-Chip Transition

Design and Optimization of a Board-to-Chip Transition ~ AWR application note

AWR published an application note about the features of Analyst EM Simulator for chip-module-board transitions. The technical paper highlights the features of AWR’s 3D finite element method (FEM) EM simulator by demonstrating the optimization of the transition from a board-to-chip signal path. The article shows how the ability to access Analyst seamlessly from within the Microwave Office environment saves time by eliminating not only the need for the design to be drawn and/or redrawn, but also by providing ready access to additional and powerful features of a circuit design tool such as tuning and optimization.

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White Paper: Understanding and Correctly Predicting Critical Metrics for Wireless RF Links

AWR published a white paper about correctly predicting cellular, radar, or satellite RF link performance early in the design cycle. The article highlights the advantages of using Visual System Simulator (VSS) RF system simulation software for detailed insight into the full performance of an RF link in next-generation wireless products. The title of the technical paper is: Understanding and Correctly Predicting Critical Metrics for Wireless RF Links.

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National Instruments Shares Automated Test Outlook for 2013

National Instruments published their 2013 Automated Test Outlook. The report highlights the latest test and measurement technologies and methodologies. The research examines trends affecting industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer electronics, semiconductor, telecommunications and transportation.

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Electronic Design Automation Increased by 4.9% in Q3 2012

According to the EDA Consortium (EDAC) Market Statistics Service (MSS), the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 4.9% in the third quarter of 2012. Revenues grew to $1619.9 million, compared to $1543.9 million in Q3 2011. Sequential EDA revenue for Q3 2012 increased 1.7% compared to Q2 2012. The four-quarters moving average increased by 8.8%. Companies that were tracked employed 28,877 professionals in Q3 2012, which is an increase of 6.3% compared to the 27,162 people employed in Q3 2011, and up 2.4% compared to Q2 2012.

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New Book: Analog Circuit Design, Volume 2, Immersion in the Black Art of Analog Design

Analog Circuit Design, Volume 2, Immersion in the Black Art of Analog Design

Newnes Press, an imprint of Elsevier, announced the publication of Analog Circuit Design, Volume 2, Immersion in the Black Art of Analog Design. The book is a companion volume to Analog Circuit Design: A Tutorial Guide to Applications and Solutions. The book includes application notes on power management, data conversion and signal conditioning circuit solutions, and an extensive circuit collection of reference designs. The analog circuit design book was written by Bob Dobkin and Jim Williams.

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