Archive for Nazita Saye

26 August, 2015

I remember the first time I saw it. It was summer of 1976. My family and I were on our way home from a nice long vacation. For once I was able to grab the window seat (much to the annoyance of my sisters). After an indeterminable amount of time sitting at the gate the plane pulled back and started taxiing down the runway. All of a sudden the plane came to a stop and the pilot came on the speaker system. He excitedly announced that those of us on the right side of the plane were about to see something rather spectacular.  A few people sitting on the left side unhooked their seat belts and craned over us lucky folks. Looking out the window I spied what he was talking about – a Concorde. We sat there for a couple of minutes while the pilot talked about the plane. I remember being suitably impressed albeit not really comprehending the magnificence of what I’d just seen. I also remember thinking that I want to fly on one of those when I grow up.

Image courtesy of Microsoft clip art. All rights reserved.

The Concorde. Image courtesy of Microsoft clip art. All rights reserved.

Years later I got to board one but at a museum. The Concorde sat proudly in a large hall among a bunch of fighter planes. She stood out like a queen. This time I knew exactly what I was looking at and I couldn’t help feeling sad because I never got a chance to experience “time travel” as a passenger…  What reminded me of this episode from my childhood?  A colleague who knows my affinity for beautifully designed machines sent this clip to me. Flushed with the memory of my first sighting of the plane as a child, I decided to watch the next suggested video to learn more about the Concorde.

After watching the second video I started thinking…

The first successful Concorde flight was in 1969 – the same year we landed on the moon. According to Wikipedia the origins of the Concorde go as far back as the 1950s. A quick search for images from the 50s gave me a feel for what mechanical and aeronautical engineering was like back in the day. No CAD to modify designs, no CFD software producing insightful plots of air flow or engine performance. Just plain old human ingenuity and perseverance.  Considering the tools at their disposal back then I can only conclude that the Concorde is one of the great feats of engineering.

Fast forward to 2015. You have such a vast array of engineering tools at your disposal so my future world is only limited by your imagination. What wonderful machines are you dreaming up now? If you need a bit of inspiration then have a look at how our solutions can help make your dreams a reality for the rest of us.
Until next time,

PS. CFD users don’t get a lot of recognition in the world – mainly because the average joe doesn’t really know what you do. Here at Mentor, we’re hoping to change that, at least a little bit. On September 1st we’re encouraging people to share how and why they use CFD (irrespective of the software) by using the hashtag #iusecfd. This is your chance to show the world that despite the stereotypical image of engineering what you do is way beyond cool. Join us by posting your own thoughts on Twitter and/or retweeting those of others.


10 August, 2015

There’s been a fair amount of chatter about “shift left” recently. If I understand it correctly, it refers to the practice of focusing on quality at the start of a project which would require you to identify and fix problems as they arise through the process.

A recent article I read made me think about this concept and how it may apply to the CAE market. In the article, one of the interviewees said “[shift left] says take the existing tools and try and make them work better together without changing the flow much. We need to rethink how we do design if we are going to help it get faster.”  I agree that trying to use a square peg in a round hole is not very efficient and may very well require use of brute force (which is not in the spirit of this discussion). But asking companies to examine and change their processes is something that is much easier said than done.  Not every company can or will change their processes without a good business reason. If the pain is not big enough what’s the motivating factor to change? So people, much like heat, go through the path of least resistance and reach for step changes which provide some relief and process improvement.

In the CAE market we’ve been talking about “shift left” for a few years – I remember talking about integrating structural analysis and CAD with SolidWorks’ John Hirschtick at a tradeshow in 1995 (or was it ’96?). Anyway, by moving simulation upfront you can identify problems earlier. And yeah you can use existing tools to achieve significant process improvement. But (and it’s a big but) it depends on the tool you’re using!

You can’t take software that was designed 30+ years ago for analysts, keep adding bells and whistles to it to ensure that it can simulate very complex physics and then ask the design engineer to use it. It’s not that design engineers aren’t capable of learning how to use the tool. It’s the complexity of the tool which hinders its adoption during the design process. You can’t spend a week on finding the right mesh when all you’re looking for during the early stages is trends … You want to get it going and get it going fast.

Our family of CFD solutions was built with the speed of the design process in mind. For example, FloTHERM XT is an award-winning CAD-centric electronics cooling simulation solution which can help remove the risks associated with the thermal aspects of the design as early as possible. And because it integrates easily into your existing process (and as a bonus even closes the gap with the EDA design flow), you don’t need a grand upheaval of your design process to benefit from analysis earlier. Let’s take a look at what I mean.

With FloTHERM XT the overall process from model building through to result analysis can be compressed by at least 50%. Image courtesy of Mentor Graphics. All rights reserved.

With FloTHERM XT the overall process from model building through to result analysis can be compressed by at least 50%. Image courtesy of Mentor Graphics. All rights reserved.

Compared with traditional tools, with FloTHERM XT the overall process from model building through to result analysis can be compressed by at least 50% (as shown in the figure). How? Well, FloTHERM XT eliminates the need to clean the CAD geometry or to simplify it in order to be able to generate the mesh. It also eliminates the time spent improving the mesh in order to reduce mesh distortion inherent in body-fitted meshes that impact convergence and result quality. I can talk about this stuff until the cows come home but for the sake of brevity I won’t. If you’re intrigued, then please follow this link and take a closer look at it.

FloTHERM XT … making”shift left” easy in the world of electronics cooling.

Until next time,

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9 July, 2015

In my lifetime I’ve seen some amazing things – the moon landing, the Concorde, the space shuttle, PCs, electric vehicles, smart phones, and tablets …  Some have brought tears to my eyes – first from joy when our school principal announced the successful take-off of the Columbia and then from sadness upon hearing about its fate in 2003.  For someone who loves technology this has been a great time to be alive.

What I adore about the world of technology is that it’s a world without territorial bickering and chest-pounding. When left to their own devices, engineers from different nations and backgrounds work together and give credit where credit is due. Forget about the cold war. Forget about lines drawn in the sand thousands of years ago. In the world of technology, there is no such thing as religion or skin color.

A few days ago one of my colleagues shared some interesting news with me about Professor B. Jayant Baliga, an Indian American scientist who recently won Russia’s top technology award. In today’s politically charged atmosphere Russians gave an Indian American their top tech award. How fantastic is that? And why was this award given to him?  Because Professor Baliga developed insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) back in the 80s. While I knew they were important I had no idea that “the invention has possibly saved the world around $24 trillion by raising energy efficiency”. That’s a lot of moola no matter what you call it… sterling, dollars, euros, yen or rubles.

IGBTs are pretty much everywhere especially in power electronics applications such as electric and hybrid vehicles as well as alternative energy (ie wind and solar power). IGBTs are subject to large thermal loads and repeated heating/cooling cycles. And as we all know heat is not a great friend of electronics and affects reliability of components. Since people driving an electric or hybrid vehicle aren’t really interested in getting stranded by the side of a freeway/motorway taking care of thermal issues is a priority.

Forward voltage of IGBT at heating current level as function of applied power cycles as measured by the MicReD Power Tester. Image courtesy of Mentor Graphics. All rights reserved.

Forward voltage of IGBT at heating current level as function of applied power cycles as measured by the MicReD Power Tester. Image courtesy of Mentor Graphics. All rights reserved.

I can’t begin to even touch the subject effectively so if you’re interested in learning more about increasing reliability and or better understanding IGBT lifetime, then I suggest that you read this article by Dr. John Parry. The article titled Influence of Power Cycling Strategy on IGBT Lifetime – a Case Study   does a great job of explaining how the powering strategy you choose may ultimately affect the lifetime of your IGBTs. And considering their popularity having this knowledge is pretty gosh darned important if you’re vaguely interested in reliability of the product being designed.

So … Congratulations Professor Baliga and thank you engineers for teaching the rest of us that we can live in a world where race, religion, sex, politics or any number of “descriptors” doesn’t matter. One world. One race. No boundaries.
Until next time,

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11 June, 2015

This past week in England we got dangerously close to experiencing summer. The sun was out, the skies were blue and there were hardly any clouds. Despite the wind being a wee bit chilly, men started wearing shorts and women dusted off their colorful sun dresses. Those of us driving convertible cars drove with the tops down with abandon.  And more importantly the radiators at work were finally turned off.

Airflow simulation in an office. Image courtesy of Mentor Graphics. All rights reserved.

Airflow simulation in an office. Image courtesy of Mentor Graphics. All rights reserved.

And of course when the weather starts to turn we start facing the next big challenge – how to remain cool inside. The cooling challenges in our offices have been sufficiently documented by yours truly already here and here. Thankfully our office is scheduled to undergo a refurbishment and will get an AC system soon (I guess then we’ll start complaining that it’s too cold inside but then again that’s human nature for you).

With the arrival of summer I was reminded that my house gets uncomfortably hot. My 200+ year old brick cottage wasn’t built for energy efficiency.  The ground floor remains cool (regardless of whether it’s summer or winter) but the upstairs gets hot in the summer.  The bricks bake in the sun all day and release the heat at night. Last week I found myself huddled in the sitting room under a blanket after dinner but the bedroom which is directly above it was a whole other story. When I went upstairs to go to bed I couldn’t open windows to create a draft fast enough. In fact by the time I had opened 3 windows in a 10 foot radius I had started to sweat.

Last year I flirted with the idea of buying a window-mounted AC system but I couldn’t find anything that didn’t cost an arm and a leg – window-mounted systems are dime a dozen in the States… in England not so much. As a result, I had a few restless nights trying to get cool enough to sleep by using my trusty old fan. When the temperature got unbearable I even dragged my stuff downstairs and slept on the sofa. So when this little video crossed my social network feed I had to take a look. The basic premise of the video is that with $8 you can create a homemade AC system. The idea is simple enough… one Styrofoam cooler, two vents, one fan, a lot of ice and presto. Nice cold air. It’s not elegant nor will it win any design contests but even the DIY challenged folks like me can do it. I’m sure a few of you smart souls can even further improve the design but I’m seriously tempted to give this a try.

Yes … sometimes a solution doesn’t need to be an all dancing, all singing one. Sometimes it’s the simplest design that will do the job. Something to keep in mind the next time you’re dealing with a particularly difficult design problem. And if you’re looking for inspiration on how to solve some of those hairy flow or cooling problems, do take a look at our library of videos.
Until next time,

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20 May, 2015

The other day I saw a great sign in a novelty shop. It featured the tale of a glass of water –

Image courtesy of Microsoft. All rights reserved.

Image courtesy of Microsoft. All rights reserved.

The optimist says the glass is half full.
The pessimist says the glass is half empty.
The engineer says the glass is twice the size it needs to be.

The sign made me laugh out loud as whoever made it clearly knew engineers.

Perhaps this pragmatism comes from your no nonsense nature. When looking at a problem, you look at finding the optimal solution. And more often than not the perfectionist in you wants to work on it until it is perfect. To make something perfect means you need time. Lots of time to tinker…. a bit here, a nudge there.  If we had all the time in the world then tinkering is just fine. But in real life we have deadlines and market pressures which require us all to get on with it. So sometimes good enough is just that … it’s good enough.

And one of those times is during the early stages of the design process when you don’t need to have 100% accuracy in your simulation results… you need something that is good enough. We all know that design is iterative in nature. The faster you can iterate to a final design the better – especially when you have a boss breathing down your neck. So speed and time are of the essence.  What’s a pragmatic person to do? Find a trend in the right direction, explore and tweak the model further and when you’re happy with your design send it off for final verification. Job done!

That’s why our family of CFD simulation tools is designed to be inserted easily and effortlessly into your design process. You can pick up FloEFD, FloTHERM, FloTHERM XT or Flowmaster as soon as you have a basic concept. And because it’s easy to set up problems for analysis and fast to solve them you can quickly see trends emerging and get on with the business of developing a final design fit for purpose.  Don’t get me wrong. Just because you can use these solutions early it doesn’t mean that you can’t use them throughout the process and into final verification. Because you most certainly can and you don’t have to take my word for it – just take a look at our extensive range of customer success stories.  What I’m trying to say is that sometimes you can achieve more in the long run by using the “good enough” principle.
Until next time,

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1 April, 2015

THERMINIC is the major European workshop related to thermal issues in electronic components and systems. And the 21st workshop will be held in the heart of Paris – that’s Paris France … we don’t want anyone showing up in Paris Texas by mistake. Anyway, the good folks at THERMINIC always endeavor to offer an engaging technical program organized under three major themes: thermal phenomena, simulation and experiment; electronics cooling concepts; and, thermo-mechanical reliability.

The program consists of technical presentations and special sessions including presentations by prominent speakers.

To ensure an engaging and industry relevant program, the organizers are casting a wide net and inviting engineers, specialists and academics to submit an abstract describing recent work on relevant topics. The abstracts are due on April 14, 2015. Additional information about the workshop, abstracts and the submission process can be found on their website

I really hope that you consider presenting and or attending THERMINIC. It’s a great event and well worth the time.

Until next time,

19 March, 2015

It is with great pleasure that I’d like to announce that we won the first annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Award in the category of SSL Tools and Test.

The unique combination of T3Ster, TeraLED and FloEFD win the first annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Award in the category of SSL Tools and Test.

The unique combination of T3Ster, TeraLED and FloEFD wins the first annual LEDs Magazine Sapphire Award in the category of SSL Tools and Test.

Over 100 products were nominated across 13 categories. And “the best of the best” were announced at a gala evening in Las Vegas. Products were considered against a virtual perfect product in each category and they were rated on a scale of 0 to 5 Sapphires. Fractional scoring was allowed to help further differentiate products in each category. According to Maury Wright, Editor in Chief at LEDs Magazine, “for a score in excess of 3 Sapphires, the judges were asked to consider to what degree the entry could deliver outstanding performance.” The unique combination of T3Ster, TeraLED and FloEFD was given 4 Sapphires. One of the judges even noted that the suite comprises an “excellent complete temperature analysis and simulation system”.  And we couldn’t agree more!

Our combination of software simulation and testing products can be used by development teams in the lighting industry to provide superior performance within compressed development schedules. And who wouldn’t want to get a better product to market faster?  Please join me in celebrating the good news and if you’d like to read more about the award and the selection process please follow this link.

LEDs Magazine tweet features John Wilson, one of our awesome Technical Marketing Engineers supporting the products.

LEDs Magazine tweet features John Wilson, one of our awesome Technical Marketing Engineers supporting the solution suite.

Until next time.

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20 February, 2015

I don’t know about you but I used to break into a sweat when I’d meet someone new because invariably they’d ask the question.

What do you do?

Since I love what I do, I’d always go into a speech about computational fluid dynamics (CFD) until a chance occurrence at a party made me change my behavior a few years ago. At his birthday party, an English friend of mine introduced me to one of his friends who happened to be an American. After the initial pleasantries (you’re from California? I’m from Ohio!), she told me that she had just finished a stint as a project manager at Microsoft and asked me what I did for a living. When I told her that I was also in software and explained what I did she grabbed her husband who had caught some of our conversation and mockingly said “listen to this. C F something or another. I’m pretty sure she’s making this stuff up”. Upon seeing the shock on my face, her husband apologized profusely and ushered her away. After that night I stopped automatically telling people what I did. Whenever somebody would ask I’d say marketing for an engineering software company and leave it at that. When some people hear that magical combination of engineering and software they are happy to move on to a different subject. But sometimes they ask for more. Like last Friday.

Last November while on a business trip I got sick. Nine weeks, 7 doctors, one CAT scan and 4 ultrasounds later, I found myself checked into a hospital being prepped for surgery last Friday. The surgeon stopped by my room to discuss the procedure. When he was done answering my questions, he asked what I do for a living. So I gave him my stock answer, stopped and smiled. The surgeon, a rather kind-looking older gentleman, looked over his glasses (the way fathers do) and said “why do people always respond as if they’re talking to the secret services? What do you do and who do you work for?” He seemed genuinely interested so I let loose and since I like using examples that people can relate to I spoke about how our technology can help minimize infections in operating and hospital rooms. That piqued his interest so I pointed to his mobile and started talking about how manufacturers use our ears as glorified heatsinks. Twenty minutes later as he was leaving the room he had an amused look on his face – I had either fascinated him and he couldn’t wait to tell his financial adviser to add some Mentor stock to his portfolio or he thought I was a raving lunatic making it all up.

Funny enough I get that now. No, not the raving lunatic bit (ok, that too). It’s ok. I don’t mind anymore because despite this technology being around all these years most people whom I meet outside of work have never heard about CFD. But the cars they drive, the planes they ride, the mobiles they use … they’ve all been touched by CFD in one way, shape, form or manner. So I don’t mind describing what it’s all about. More often than not I leave people surprised that a lot of thought has gone into designing whatever product they’re using. And maybe, just maybe, they look up CFD and learn a bit more about the wonderful world of simulation.

CFD. The unknown engineering hero. My one woman crusade to educate the masses continues one person at a time.

Until next time,
PS. In case you’re wondering the procedure went without a hitch. I can hardly wait to get the clearance to start hiking again in a couple of weeks time :-)


2 February, 2015

I’m a perfectly good driver but I don’t enjoy driving in the dark on unfamiliar roads.  Recently I found myself driving in the dark from one village to another on a country lane in the deepest darkest Wiltshire. For those of you unfamiliar with Wilshire, it is a county in the South West of England. Here’s a picture of a typical country lane in Wiltshire. These roads are just wide enough for a car to drive comfortably in one direction. If you see another car approaching from the opposite direction you need to slow down and pull over as much as you can or find a “passing” spot where one car can lurk until the other one has passed. There aren’t any fast rules as to who gets to pull over so I do the “whose car is more expensive” test when I drive – the more banged up car always gets to go first.

More often than not country roads aren’t what’s referred to here as “Roman” roads. Roman roads are straight so you can see down the road for a fair distance; for example, a typical West Coast road in the States would be considered a Roman road. English country roads are curvy and a bit arbitrary shaped. To make matters even more exciting as you drive towards blind corners, the speed limit is 60 miles/hour. And there are no lights at night … until you arrive at a village. For a city girl who is used to streetlights and having a lane for each direction of traffic, driving on these roads in the dark creates a bit of angst.

On that fateful night I left the first village with no one on the road but me. For once it wasn’t raining or foggy … perfect conditions for driving. So I adopted a “sensible” speed and carried on. However, after about 10 minutes, a couple of cars joined me. Clearly these guys were locals because they were hurtling down these roads at the speed limit yet I was having a hard time going faster than 40 MPH before having to slow down abruptly in order to make the tight curves without smashing into a tree or a farm fence. My driving was agitating them but there was nowhere to pull over so they were stuck behind the “slowpoke”. For about 20 minutes they continued riding my bumper. I finally got to the turn-off for my destination (much to their relief I’m sure) and I continued the rest of the journey on my own barely going over 30 miles per hour. My friends know I find driving on these roads rather stressful so a healthy-sized glass of wine was thrust into my hands as soon as they opened their front door.

So when I watched this clip from the CES on BMW’s LED headlight concept design a couple of weeks ago I thought these lights would make country driving in England a whole lot less stressful! I love how the light is brighter and can light up a fair distance without causing grief for opposing traffic and how it adapts to help you see around corners (great for country roads and their funky shapes).  IMHO this concept takes automotive lighting to a whole other level.

Automotive lighting has changed by leaps and bounds in the past few years especially after the adoption of LEDs in their design. In fact some car manufacturers have taken advantage of the flexibility offered by LEDs to create very distinctive looks for their brand – when driving in the dark I bet you can always spot a BMW or an Audi.

Designing automotive lighting using LEDs has its own unique set of challenges. To help design engineers solve those challenges, we’ve introduced a full roster of simulation and testing solutions: the combination of T3Ster, TeraLED and FloEFD enable lighting designers to manage heat and condensation thus improving product reliability and life. I should also mention that with T3Ster and TeraLED they can measure both thermal and optical characteristics of single LEDs and full arrays to achieve proper light quality and color.

T3Ster, TeraLED and FloEFD enable lighting developers to manage heat and condensation thus improving product reliability and life. Image courtesy of Mentor Graphics. All rights reserved.

T3Ster, TeraLED and FloEFD enable lighting developers to manage heat and condensation thus improving product reliability and life. Image courtesy of Mentor Graphics. All rights reserved.

So it’s with great pleasure that I’d like to announce that this powerful combination has been selected as a finalist by LEDs Magazine for a Sapphire Award. The Sapphire Awards recognize innovations that enable SSL transition. The finalists were selected based on a point system and the winner will be announced next month. Regardless of who wins, it’s still quite an honor to be chosen as a finalist – seeing how our solutions help our customers innovate and produce incredible products is brilliant and winning a Sapphire Award for our contributions to the industry would be such lovely icing on the cake.


Until next time,

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18 December, 2014

Santa would not be very pleased with me this year. I’ve been naughty. Yes, through an unfortunate mix of being on the road and getting ill during the past 3 weeks, I haven’t done any Christmas shopping. Nor have I sent out any cards. I keep telling my loved ones that my cards will get there … rather late for this year but being the considerate soul that I am I won’t refer to the year in my note so they could always consider them as rather early for next year. Win-win for both of us, don’t you think?

While I was putting together the list of presents for my loved ones last night my mind started to wander. I started to think about the cool stuff that I’d seen this year. Then it occurred to me that they were all in one shape or another related to electronics.  A one track mind don’t you think? According to the BBC, the average person in the UK is using 10% less electricity than five years ago despite the increase in the number of large TVs, PCs/tablets and smartphones. So thanks to the efforts of lovely people like you who design more energy efficient electronics with the help of CAE and CFD I don’t feel too guilty about wanting even more electronic gadgets in the house. Anyway, since you are fellow electronics enthusiasts (and who may still be looking for ideas as to what to buy for your loved ones or yourself) I thought I should share my list with you. Ok… this is a thinly veiled list of things that I’d love under my Christmas tree but we’ll see what Santa will bring for me… it wouldn’t surprise me at all if I get a lump of coal in my stocking this year instead 😉

Here we go…

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: I remember my first mobile phone. The handset was the same size as a regular phone but it required you to carry an external battery pack the size of a medium sized handbag. Oof! Then we went through this period where the smaller the mobile phone, the cooler the owner. But a funny thing’s happened in the past 5 years or so. Now it’s pretty much a case of how big can you go and still get away with it! It reminds me of Dom Jolly’s skit from a few years ago… (for my friends on the other side of the pond Dom Jolly had a big mobile and he wasn’t afraid to use it … just fast forward about 28 seconds and you’ll see what I mean) :-) Now the new large mobiles are not as big as that but my Samsung SIII does look tiny sitting next to the new gen mobiles. My mobile contract is up for renewal shortly and after seeing a colleague’s Samsung Note 4 in action, I’ve got a serious case of phablet envy. It’s big. It’s bold. It’s beautiful. I’m not sure it’ll fit into my hiking pants pockets but as a woman I tend to carry either a handbag or a backpack at pretty much all times anyway so transporting this bad boy should not an issue.  AND I can use this beauty as my new SatNav as well. No more of that clunky SatNav that gives me instructions too late or throws a wobbly every time I decide to ignore its instruction to randomly “make a u-turn now” in the middle of a motorway.

Cickret bracelet: I can hear what you’re thinking… why is she talking about bling here?  Well, it’s not exactly bling. It’s allegedly a gadget that can keep you connected.  It can even double as your mobile. Now I’m not sure if this is a joke (someone has had fun with CGI) but as a concept I like it – wearable tech that doesn’t intrude on you. And we shouldn’t forget that most of the gadgets we now use didn’t even exist 10 years ago so who’s to say we shouldn’t dream… if anything we should dream big. But not Dom Jolly mobile big.

Dell Curved Screen: I’m not a gamer. Never been. Never will be. So I’m not part of the demographic that this product was designed for but I find that I’m increasingly watching movies and programs on my computer at home. So when I saw this beauty I thought it would even look cool sitting in the corner of my sitting room.  Yummy.

Tory Burch Fitbit case: teehee… lulled you into a false sense of security didn’t I? I know this is about gadgets but I’m still a girl so I have an affinity for shiny things. You all know about my relationship with my Fitbit tracker. I mostly wear Fitty when I’m out hiking; however, it really is meant to be worn at all times but it looks rather “industrial” against my regular clothes. A lot of other members of the Fitbit cult must have thought the same thing so I’m glad we finally have an elegant solution – two different gorgeous vessels for Fitbit and in three different finishes. And in case Santa is listening I’m rather partial to the silver bracelet 😉

A footstool: Yes, I’ve completely gone off reservation but you’ll see why if you click on this link There’s also a matching IC coffee table! Pretty cool, huh? The site includes instructions on how to build one but it requires use of power tools and those two words and my name should never be uttered in the same sentence. You’d know why if you saw me use something as simple as a hammer. Anyway, if you have a bit of time and wouldn’t mind making a bit of money, I know someone who’d like to talk with you.

So there you have it. My most coveted electronics related things.

As this will be my last post of the year, I thought I should also wish you and yours the very best. We’ve definitely had the festive mood in the office this year. A handful of us even decorated the Christmas tree on the development floor with our software CDs (some circa 90s!) and topped it all with a giant fan/heatsink. Now that’s what I call a nicely decorated tree. And in case, you’re wondering we didn’t optimize the location of the heatsink ;-P

Now that's what I call a "cool"  Christmas tree. Image courtesy of G. Tang. All rights reserved.

Now that’s what I call a “cool” Christmas tree. Image courtesy of G. Tang. All rights reserved.

Thank you for your support this past year and see you next year.
Until next time,