It’s always tricky looking at blogs on April 1 st. So much technology, so many gags. I didn’t fall for Microsoft UK’s April Fool that Bing can read nerve pulses and brain waves to improve your web search, or HTC’s Rok the Sok, a smart tag which pairs socks in the wash and alerts the wearer when the sock is wearing thin. Many people downloaded Microsoft’s MS-DOS for Windows phones, and loved the joke. The most ‘successful’ or most reported, was CERN’s claim to have found The Force and that it was using it, Star Wars-style to reheat coffee in a mug and return books to a bookshelf while remaining seated. I won’t be at GSA Silicon Summit to get a chance to check McKenzie Mortensen’s claim that IPextreme’s Warren Savage has cut his long hair into a Silicon Valley ‘short back and sides’ – could it another April Fool?
I decided to narrow down my Blog Review search to genuine ones only (I hope!)
Three boards and three ways to write code are discussed by Thomas Aubin, Atmel, interviewed by David Blaza, ARM, ahead of the ARM Embedded Computing Board resource guide.
The pressure to be smart is examined by Matthew Hall, Dassault Systemes. He has latched on to the findings of the Aberdeen Group, that engineering groups must communicate and collaborate to predict system behavior ahead of testing.
Laman Sahoo, Arrow Devices, identifies three sources of confusion for Object Oriented Programming, to take the ‘oops!’ out of OOP.
The reports of the death or slowing down of Moore’s Law are exaggerated, concludes Brian Fuller, in his interview with Suk Lee, Senior Director, Design Infrastructure Marketing division, Cadence, ahead of the TSMC Technology Symposium. In conversation, Fuller pushes Lee on the progress of process development down to 7nm as well as FinFET development.
Ahead of the Embedded Vision Conference, Jeff Bier, BerkeIey Design Technology, looks at how academia and industry respond to neural networks.
3D printable heatsinks are examined by Robin Bornoff, Mentor Graphics, using FloTHERM, and FloMCAD.
Larry Lapides, VP of sales at Imperas, discusses security on connected devices using MIPS CPUs.
A biblical theme is adopted for an Eastertime post by Ramesh Dewangan, Real Intent. The David and Goliath struggle of large and small EDA companies is reported from the Confluence 2015, where one panel was ‘The paradox of leadership: Incremental approach to Big Ideas’, and ‘How to build the technology organisations of tomorrow’.
An interesting smartphone app by Philips to control lighting via WiFi is explored by Ashish D, Intel, but using an Intel Edison board.
Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor