Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Present Opportunities for Design Engineers

In case of interest...

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Electronic Design Power & Analog Update: The design engineer's weekly source for power and analog information
In the July 22, 2010 Issue:
 Podcast: Design Challenges for Electric Vehicles
 Hybrid Vehicle Symposium Addresses Improvements for Efficiency, Performance and Cost
 All-Electric Vehicles Prepare To Shock The Automotive Market
 Battery Challenges for Electric Vehicles
 Electric And Hybrid Vehicle Technologies Charge Ahead
 Electric Vehicles Zero In On Improved Power Management

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Focus On Electric Vehicles

 By Joe Desposito, Editor-in-Chief

Hybrid and electric vehicles are a hot topic in the design engineering community and Electronic Design has published a host of articles about them. In addition, contributing editor John Edwards recently interviewed Don Wires of Amp Electric Vehicles about his opinion on what it takes to design electric vehicles. If you missed some of these articles the first time around, you may want to give them a look. If one or more of them rings a bell, you may want to review some of the design ideas in these articles. For a complete listing of Electronic Design articles on hybrid and electric vehicles, go here.

Podcast: Design Challenges for Electric Vehicles

 By John Edwards, Contributing Editor

Electronic Design contributing editor John Edwards recently spoke with Don Wires, director of engineering for Amp Electric Vehicles, about how his company is creating opportunities for both electronics vendors and designers.

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Hybrid Vehicle Symposium Addresses Improvements for Efficiency, Performance and Cost

 By Randy Frank, Contributing Editor

In addition to the battery, every aspect of a hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is a target for improved vehicle efficiency and cost reduction.


All-Electric Vehicles Prepare To Shock The Automotive Market

 By Bill Wong, Embedded Systems/Software Editor

All-electric vehicles are the next automotive wave, but a century-old Baker Electric shows this is not a new idea.

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Battery Challenges for Electric Vehicles

 By Roger Allan, Contributing Editor

A study by the Boston Consulting Group entitled "Batteries for Electric Cars, Challenges, Opportunities and the Outlook to 2020" states that major technical breakthroughs are needed in rechargeable battery chemistries.


Electric And Hybrid Vehicle Technologies Charge Ahead

 By Roger Allan, Contributing Editor

A roundup of the current state of the art of EVs, PEVs and HEVs, including BAS systems, active wheels and pertinent semiconductor ICs.


Electric Vehicles Zero In On Improved Power Management

 By Sam Davis, Contributing Editor

The desire to protect the environment is driving consumer demands for electric vehicles that use non-polluting propulsion systems. Nickel-metal hydride and several versions of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have been used in the power.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

System Verilog Open Enrollment--Longmont, CO, 8/9/10

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From: Stuart Sutherland <>
Date: Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM
Subject: Sutherland HDL Open Enrollment--Longmont, CO

Sutherland HDL is offering an open-enrollment SystemVerilog training workshop in Longmont, Colorado, August 9-13.  Registration closes at 9:00 AM PDT July 26th, so that the training materials can be printed and shipped.


There are three options for training, allowing you to focus on your individual training needs.  The two courses offered this week are customized to offer the information you need in a minimal amount of time.  The concepts of advanced SystemVerilog that are common to both courses will be taught on Wednesday.  For a detailed outline of either course, please contact Sutherland HDL at  When 2 or more engineers from the same company attend, they each receive an additional 5% discount.



Option 1: (Mon-Wed)

Comprehensive Verilog and SystemVerilog for Design and Synthesis (3-days)

Longmont, Colorado, August 9-11 $1,800 per student (~10% off our standard 3-day price)

This is the perfect workshop for engineers to become instant experts in modeling digital designs that simulate and synthesize correctly using SystemVerilog.  Self-taught users of SystemVerilog will also find this workshop extremely valuable.  We often receive comments about how much even those who are current Verilog users learn from this comprehensive workshop. 


This course covers the same lecture information as the full 4-day course, without the final lab work.


Option 2: (Wed-Fri)

SystemVerilog Testbench for Verilog Verification Engineers (3-days)

Longmont, Colorado, August 11-13 $1,800 per student (~10% off our standard 3-day price)

This workshop is ideal for verification engineers that are already familiar with Verilog, and need to become experts with SystemVerilog's advanced, object-oriented verification constructs.  Topics include inheritance and polymorphism as it applies to verification, constrained random testing, functional coverage, and an overview of assertions.  This workshop is intended for verifications engineers that have Verilog experience.


Option 3: (Mon-Fri)

Longmont, Colorado, August 9-13 $2,900 per student (~10% off our standard 5-day price)

Attend all 5 days and receive training in both design and verification.


Registration information can be found at


Onsite Workshops

Sutherland HDL can also provide on-site training at your company when and where you need training!  There is a 5 student minimum charge for on-site training.  All that is needed is a simple meeting room; Sutherland HDL provides the software for labs and a portable server with an isolated network.


We hope to see you soon at this upcoming workshop!  Please forward this e-mail to any of your co-workers that might benefit from expert SystemVerilog training.


Stuart Sutherland

President and expert trainer

Sutherland HDL, Inc.

Portland Oregon




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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How to (tactfuly) answer illegal interview questions

Colleagues of mine have been asked in interviews how old they are, or if they are married/have children.
It might be innocent conversation and ignorance of the laws, or something more sinister, but regardless it probably will not help you to point out the illegality ...

I like the advice in this article.

How to answer illegal interview questions (tactfully)

Design&Verification: Mentor @ DAC Extended Schedule- July 13, 2010

22 Sessions with Q&A to address your design challenges 

Looks interesting (and free) to me.  From the LinkedIn 

FPGA/CPLD Design Group


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Poudre River rafting, 7/5/2010

River rafting is always fun, but this time a boat got too close to us and flipped over, and we got to lift 4 people into our boat :-). A fun time was had by all...

Flickr: Your stuff tagged with poudre