Q&A with Mentor Graphics
September 18, 2014
Mentor Graphics is a major supplier of software tools that help engineers design electronic systems and components.  Headquartered in Oregon, US, Mentor generates annual revenues of some US$1bn.  Its tools are involved in the design of almost every electronic gadget you can think of. To find out about its automotive business, Matthew Beecham spoke to Martin O'Brien, General Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems Division Mentor Graphics. Could you explain a little more about Mentor Graphics, specifically its role in the automotive industry? Mentor realised very early that automotive electronics would undergo dramatic growth, and indeed become a major source of innovation.  It's said that a car can now be thought of as the most complex consumer electronics product available.  We also realized that the segment would experience particular challenges such as the need to compress development cycle times, or to design with high levels of safety.  So Mentor started investing in the automotive market ten or even fifteen years ago through a combination of internal product initiatives and technology acquisitions.

September 18, 2014
Amazon, the online retail giant, has announced a complete refresh of its tablet computer and e-reader devices, including a special child-friendly version of their Fire HD tablet. The Seattle-based firm announced new two versions of their e-reader device - the Kindle - will start shipping in October, as well as a new Fire HDX tablet that is designed to compete with the iPad Air. The announcement in New York completes an impressive round of hardware news from the e-commerce firm, after already confirming plans to bring both their TV streaming box, Fire TV and the company's first smartphone - the Fire Phone - to the UK for the first time.

US Patent granted to Mentor Graphics Corporation (Oregon) on September 16 titled as "Power state transition verification for electronic design"
September 18, 2014
United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent no. 8,839,164, on September 16, 2014, to Mentor Graphics Corporation (Oregon), titled as "Power state transition verification for electronic design"

Lockheed Martin and AEC to Establish Sniper Pod Support Facility in Saudi Arabia
September 18, 2014
Lockheed Martin and Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) will establish a Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) Expanded Repair Capability facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - the first Sniper support facility established outside the United States.

Sony SmartWatch 3 & SmartBand Talk To Be Available “End of 2014″
September 18, 2014
Besides phones and tablet, wearable technologies were also given a keen focus during Sony’s regional launch event in Singapore. The Japanese giant shone the spotlight once again on the two new wearable devices unveiled earlier this month during IFA 2014 – the Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk.

Toshiba Introduces CMOS Image Sensor for Mobile Handsets and Smartphones
September 18, 2014
Toshiba America Electronic Components reported its newest 1.12-micron CMOS image sensor for mobile handsets and smartphones with 20-megapixel resolution.

‘Forced labor’ rife in Malaysian factories
September 18, 2014
  NEARLY a third of some 350,000 workers in Malaysia’s electronics industry ― a crucial link in the international consumer supply chain ― suffer from conditions of modern-day slavery such as debt bondage, according to a study funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

NASA Invites Media to Mars Orbit Insertion Activities
September 18, 2014
NASA reported that media representatives are invited to the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center on Sept. 21 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT, for local coverage and interviews of the orbit insertion countdown activities for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission

MISSING WATER METERS; Water official strikes back at audit
September 18, 2014
Atlanta Watershed Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina is taking aim at City Auditor Leslie Ward over a recent report that said the department can't account for 10,000 water meters. Macrina said Ward's findings were "misleading" and "disingenuous" in stating the department can't account for the meters between 2006 and 2013. Macrina said the bulk of the missing meters went unaccounted for between 2006 and 2009, long before Mayor Kasim Reed took office. The commissioner also disputed Ward's assertion that Watershed has failed to put "consistent processes in place" to guard against loss.

New Research Proves Whiteness and Color Rendering Has a Strong Effect on LED Lamp Preference; While Most LEDs Just Illuminate, Soraa's Full Visible Spectrum Lamps Make Colors and Whites Pop;
September 17, 2014
Soraa, the world leader in GaN on GaN(TM) LED technology, announced today new psychophysical research proving that whiteness and color rendering have a strong effect on the perception of energy-efficient LED lighting. The study was approved by an Institutional Review Board and led by Kevin Houser at Penn State University. Because all of Soraa's lamps render the entire visible spectrum, white fabrics and paper goods pop, plastics are brilliant and people's smiles are whiter, and colors are more natural and beautiful. (Photo: Business Wire)


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