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Blog Review – Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Monday, August 28th, 2017

This week, we find Trust issues for autonomous cars; Something old to wear; How to get design teams to talk; Discover Cadence adds ARM to its library; and Unravelling RTOS with Mentor

Autonomous driving – it’s all a matter of trust, says Jack Weast, Intel. Fearing the robot at the wheel can be overcome, he maintains, reviewing the findings of a Trust Interaction Study. His blog covers human-machine judgement, personal space and lack of assistance, awareness and information balance and giving up control.

Proving there is nothing new under the sun, Maeva Mandard, Dassault Systèmes, considers wearable technology and the earliest example of a wearable calculator. She outlines how an integrated view, mechanics, electronics and embedded software will allow design and test teams to work together.

Adopting a novel approach –i.e. different teams communicating – Lucid Motors designed a luxury electric vehicle by locking different engineering teams in a room. Another significant factor, relates Sandeep Sovani, ANSYS, is the use of multiphysics simulation on the Workbench platform for simultaneous optimisation.

Keeping up with multi-core, SoCs, Steve Brown, Cadence explains how the company’s library of portable stimulus is designed for specific functional sub-systems that are common in complex SoCs. The first, for multi-core ARMv8 and ARMv8.2 architectures, are introduced, with a link to Nick Heaton, ARM’s blog on the library. More libraries are promised for later this year.

Some economic policy advice becomes an analogy for Tom De Schutter, Synopsys, for engineers moving from single FPGA prototypes to multiple FPGA ones. How to make the leap painlessly is an interesting read addressing a topic that many will recognize.

A very informative piece by Colin Walls, Mentor Graphics, continues his RTOS focus, with a blog about data transfer. He provides some clear graphics to show the task of data transfer and opens a window on this procedure.

Blog Review – Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14th, 2017

This week, the blogsphere reveals how FPGAs adopt a MeerKAT stance; OML brings life to Industry 4.0; Wearable pairing boosts charging and rigid-flex PCB design tips

A keen advocate of rigid-flex PCB design, Alexsander Tamari, Altium, offers sound design advice for the routing challenges that it may present. There is a link to an informative white paper too.

We love wearables but charging devices wirelessly can present problems, but luckily Susan Coleman, ANYS, is able to describe the company’s recent collaboration with RF2ANTENNA. She describes with tips for efficiency improvements using its tools.

Another classic challenge is taken on by Arthur Schaldenbrand, Cadence. He continues his analog design series and looks at process variation, and countering die costs, power dissipation, with reference to the use of Monte Carlo analysis.

Chip Design’s John Blyler talks to Mentor’s Director of Product Management, Warren Kurisu, about a biometrics game and increased productivity using the Cloud.

Discovering new galaxies is exciting but is demanding on processing power and memory speeds. Steve Leibson, Xilinx, reflects on what the MeerKAR radio telescope has achieved and how FPGAs have played a part.

Ruminating on this year’s SMT Hybrid Packaging event, Danit Atar, Mentor Graphics, reviews what she claims is the world’s first IoT live public demonstration of a manufacturing line, and how Open Manufacturing Language (OML) bring Industry 4.0 to life.

Software integrity is never far from an engineer’s mind, and David Benas, Synopsys, presents a compelling argument for implementing security measures into the software development life cycle (SDLC) from start to finish.

By Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor

Blog Review – Monday, March 21 2016

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Coffee breaks and C layers; Ideas for IoT security; Weather protection technology; Productivity boost; Shining a light on dark silicon

Empathizing with his audience, Jacek Majkowski, sees the need for coffee but not necessarily a C layer in Standard Co-Emulation Modelling Interface (SCE-MI).

At last week’s Bluetooth World, in Santa Clara, CA, there was a panel discussion – Is the IoT hype or hope? Brian Fuller, ARM, reports on the to-and-fro of ideas from experts from ARM, Google, and moderated by Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.

Of all the things to do on a sabbatical, Matt Du Puy, ARM, chose to climb Dhaulagiri (26,795feet /8161m), described as one of the most dangerous 8,000m mountains. Brian Fuller, ARM, reports that he is armed a GPS watch with cached terrain data and some questionable film choices on a portable WiDi disk station.

Still with extremes of weather, the Atmel team, enthuses about a KickStarter project for the Oombrella, a smart umbrella that uses sensors to analyse temperature, pressure, humidity and light, to let you know if you will need it because rain is coming your way. Very clever as long as you remember to bring it with you. Not so appealing is the capacity to share via social media the type of weather you are experiencing – and they say the Brits are obsessed with the weather!

IoT protection is occupying an unidentified blogger at Rambus, who longs for a Faraday cage to shield it. The blog has some interesting comments about the make up of, and security measures for the IoT, while promoting the company’s CryptoManager.

Still with IoT security, Richard Anguiano, Mentor Graphics examines a gateway using ARM TrustZone, and heterogeneous operating system configurations and running Nucleus RTOS and Mentor Embedded Linux. There is a link provided to the Secure Converged IoT Gateway and the complete end-to-end IoT solution.

Europe is credited as the birthplace for the Workplace Transformation, but Thomas Garrison, Intel. Ahead of CEBIT he writes about the role of Intel’s 6 th Generation Core vPro processor and what it could mean for a PC’s battery life, compute performance and the user’s productivity.

The prospects for MIPI and future uses in wearables, machine learning, virtual reality and automotive ADAS are uppermost in the mind of Hezi Saar, Synopsys, following MIPI Alliance meetings. He was particularly taken with a Movidius vision processor unit, and includes a video in the blog.

Examining dark silicon, Paul McLellan, Cadence Design Systems, wonders what will supercede Dennard Scaling to overcome the limitations on power on large SoCs.

Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor

Blog Review, Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

ARM – celebrating 25 years and virtual reality; Light and smart; Say hi to Li-Fi; Power management in wearable devices; Happy Thanksgiving, the Brit test

An interesting blog by Freddi Jeffries, ARM, looks at Virtual Reality, its present status and its future in mobile devices, its challenges and pitfalls.

LED technology is at the heart of the Internet of Experiences, explains Neno, Dassault Systèmes, in a blog about smart cities and looking ahead to its presence at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.

Putting together a cheat-sheet for geeks, Bill Vandermark, Ansys, has a link to an article about Li-Fi which makes Wi-Fi look as slow as the telegraph.

Although not exactly an ingénue, Gabe Moretti, Chip Design, attended his first ARM Tech Con this month and liked what he found. Embracing the Maker community is to be encouraged, although he finds that politeness can run the risk of shorting circuits.

A cliché, but still effective: Dick Tracy as a reference for wearable devices makes Warren Kurisu, Mentor Graphics an eye-catching read. In this instalment, Kurisu tackles the thorny problem of power management – not just optimising it but architecting and developing a system that takes full advantage of the hardware.

While the USA celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday, the next day saw ARM commemorate 25 years since in spun out of Acorn Computers (November 27 1990). Neil Cooper, ARM, charts the early days of Advanced RISC Machines with the company’s first press release, some financial and technical milestones from the last quarter century.

(Belated) Happy Thanksgiving. As a Brit, I would argue there would be no Thanksgiving without us! Paul McLellan, Cadence turns the tables and ask how much of a Brit are you? Try his simple quiz. (Although my tests would also include, do you refer to ‘football’ or ‘soccer’? and do you give directions citing pubs and churches along the route or road juntions. (Brits answer yes to the first choices!)

Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor

Blog Review – Monday, September 28 2015

Monday, September 28th, 2015

ARM Smart Design competition winners; Nordic Semiconductor Global Tour details; Emulation alternative; Bloodhound and bridge-building drones; Imagination Summit in Taiwan; Monolithic 3D ‘game changer’; Cadence and collaboration; What size is wearable technology?

Winners of this year’s ARM Smart Product Design competition had no prior experience of using ARM tools, yet managed, in just three months to produce a sleep Apnea Observer app (by first prize winner, Clemente di Caprio), an amateur radio satellite finder, a water meter, an educational platform for IoT applications and a ‘CamBot’ camera-equipped robot, marvels, Brian Fuller, ARM.

This year’s Nordic Semiconductor Global Tech Tour will start next month, and John Leonard, ARM has details of how to register and more about this year’s focus – the nRF52 Series Bluetooth Smart SoC.

Offering an alternative to the ‘big box’ emulation model, Doug Amos, Aldec, explains FPGA-based emulation.

Justin Nescott, Ansys, has dug out some great stories from the world of technology, from the UK’s Bloodhound project and the sleek vehicle’s speed record attempt; and a story published by Giz Mag about how drones created a bridge – with video proof that it is walkable.

A review of the 2015 Imagination Summit in Taiwan earlier this month is provided by Vicky Hewlett. The report includes some photos from the event, of attendees and speakers at Hsinchu and Taipei.

It is with undeniable glee that Zvi Or-Bach, MonolithIC 3D announces that the company has been invited to a panel session titled: “Monolithic 3D: Will it Happen and if so…” at IEEE 3D-Test Workshop Oct. 9th, 2015. It is not all about the company, but a discussion of the technology challenge and the teaser of the unveiling of a ‘game changer’ technology.

A review of TSMC Open Innovation Platform (OIP) Ecosystem Forum, earlier this month, is presented in the blog by Christine Young, Cadence. There are some observations from Rick Cassidy, TSMC North America on Thursday, on automotive, IoT and foundry collaboration.

How big is wearable, ponders Ricardo Anguiano, Mentor Graphics. Unwrapping a development kit, he provides a link to Nucleus RTOS and wearable devices to help explain what’s wearable and what’s not.

A brief history of Calypto Design Systems, recently acquired by Mentor Graphics, is discussed by Graham Bell, RealIntent, and what the change of ownership means for existing partners.

Beginning a mini series of blogs about the HAPS-80 with ProtoCompiler, Michael Posner, Synospys, begins with a focus on the design flow and time constraints. He provides many helpful illustrations. (The run-on piece about a visit to the tech museum in Shanghai shows how he spends his free time: seeking out robots!)

Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor

Blog Review – Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday, August 31st, 2015

HPC for cancer analysis; body power: game on for animation; DDR challenges; aviation fascination; packaging checks; Arrow explains USB3.1; IDF meets IoT

It would take 5.6Exabytes to synchronize the data of the 14million cancer patients worldwide, just once, points out Kristina Kermanshahche, Intel. She explains how Intel’s HPC is a helping scientist access and share data, with relationships such as Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes, and at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

Distasteful things like a body’s sweat could charge phones, speculates Catherine Blogar, Dassault Sytemes. She speaks to some experts in wearable and implantable engineering for some futuristic power advice.

Some helpful tips on creating animation is offered by Laura Mengot, ARM, in her blog. Although the software used is Autodesk Maya and Unity, Mengot says that the detailed, illustrated theories are applicable to any 3D engine and game engine.

Ely Tsern, Rambus, identifies five trends in server memory and speculates on DDR4 capability in particular, and even beyond to DDR5.

Welcoming the RTCA/DO-254 (Design Assurance Guidance For Airborne Electronic Hardware) standard, Graham Bell, Real Intent, delves into what it means for verification tools.

Reminiscing about a European design classic, Nazita Save, Mentor Graphics, remembers Concorde. Pre-CAD modification and with no CFD software, how did they do it?

While end users may love smaller package sizes, they are a headache for manufacturers. IC Packaging Pros, Cadence, discuss layout tools for validating and verifying, with some easy-to-follow advice.

Four bloggers contribute to the latest update to USB3.0. Anand Shirahatti, Thejus Shanbhogue, Kanak Singh, Deepak Nagaria, Arrow, discuss the implementation and verification challenges – with a link to a USB3.0 vs USB3.1 USB cheat sheet thrown in.

Richard Solomon appears confused as to what day it is, but makes up for it with a round up of what’s what at this year’s IDF, from characters encountered, travel tips to his own takeaways from this month’s event in San Francisco.

Research Review – Tues. June 10 2014

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Imec and Samsung invest in open reference sensor module; straight from the 3D heart; automotive semiconductor market accelerates; IoT becomes a reality. By Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor

Imec and Samsung Electronics are collaborating, the former contributing its Body Area Networks (BANs) technology, with Samsung’s Simband platform, which includes an open reference sensor module, integrating advanced sensing technologies from imec. Part of the Samsung digital health initiative, the sensor array can be used to develop the next generation of wearable health sensors.

Dassault Systèmes has presented the world’s first 3D realistic simulation model, based on its 3DExperience platform, of a whole human heart. It was developed with a team of cardiac experts as part of the Living Heart Project, to diagnose, treat and prevent heart conditions through personalised, 3D virtual models.

It’s full throttle for growth in the automotive semiconductor industry, says a report from Strategy Analytics. The Automotive Electronics Semiconductor Demand Forecast 2012 to 2021 predicts a strong growth of 5% CAGR over the next seven years, fuelled by green, safe, connected vehicles.

To some it’s a buzzword, but to IDC, the IoT (Internet of Things) is becoming a reality, with a worldwide market forecast predicted to exceed $7trillion by 2020. Research indicates that a transformation is underway whereby the global market for IoT solutions will grow from $1.9trillion in 2013 to $7.1trillion in 2020. The IoT is expected to find traction in homes, cars, and in businesses.

Blog Review – Mon. May 05 2014

Monday, May 5th, 2014

An algorithm tracks your location if you tweet often enough; Intel envisages the intelligence that IoT can bring to a vehicle; heterogeneous computing writers speculate on wearable technology past, present and sci-fi. By Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor

George Orwell did not forsee this. Not only is Big Brother watching, he is tracking you too, with meta data tags. Hamilton Carter looks at the HRL Industries algorithm that produces the data that everyone promises never to use.

Take a blank piece of paper and ask sci-fi writers what wearable devices they imagine or would like to have and the result is a very entertaining blog. John Blyler rounds up the ideas from new uses for duct tape to portable lie detectors and a solar poncho.

The IoT should add intelligence behind the wheel of a car, argues Intel’s Joel Hoffmann. He has some interesting ideas on how to exploit a vehicle that is more a system of systems and how it can enhance road safety.

Heterogeneous computing, is the subject of a blog by Altera’s Ron Wilson that has caught the eye of Brian Fuller, Cadence, in particular design for reliability in the cloud. Wilson looks at the role of FPGAs, particularly in packet streaming in the complex, critical “parallel universe” that is the data center environment.

Blog Review – Mon April 14 2014

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Static warning about keyword variables in C language; wearable electronics; more power to the user interface; IP sales – where and when to shop around; EDA consolidation concerns. By Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor

Defining the static keyword in the C language can cause mayhem and confusion, but Jacob Beningo, ARM, has helpful advice in his blog about when and where to declare.

With an eye on the aesthetics of wearable electronics, Ansys’s Sudhir Sharma writes about cool, wearable electronics design, with some interesting examples and practical news for a related webinar using Synapse for engineering services.

As a follow up to his web seminar, called Create Compelling User Interfaces for Embedded with Qt Framework, Phil Brumby sits in the guest blogger seat at Mentor Graphics. He uses it as a platform to complete unfinished business, posting and answering questions not covered in the seminar and to help assess the processor power required for a particular project.

When and what to buy and if to buy at all, is the focus of a well constructed blog by Neha Mittal , Arrow Devices. It defines the four IP development models, and lists the advantages and disadvantages of each.

John Blyler looks at the EDA market’s recent activity for mergers and considers the future, with a Consolidation Curve and the effect consolidation has on the industry and its innovation.

Blog Review – Monday October 27 2014

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Synopsys won’t let the hybrid debate mess with your head; automating automotive verification; the write stuff; software’s role in wearable medical technology; ARM’s bandwidth stretching.
By Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor

Playing with your mind, Michael Posner, Synopsy, relishes a mashup blog, with a lion/zebra image to illustrate IP validation in software development. He does not tease the reader all through the blog though, and gives some sound advice on mixing it up with ARM-based system for development and FPGA for validation and combinations in-between.

Indulging in a little bit of a promo-blog, Richard Goering, deconstructs the addition to the Incisive additions of Functional Safety Simulator and Functional Safety Analysis for the vManager. We will let him off the indulgence, though, as the informative, well-researched piece is as much a blog for vehicle designers as it is for verification professionals.

Not that he needs much practice in a writing studio, Hamilton Carter is still turning up for class and finds parallels in the beauty of prose and the analysis of code. Instead of one replacing the other, he advocates supplementing one with the other so that the message and intent is clear for all.

Taking an appreciative step back, Helene at Dassault, reviews the medical market and how the wearable trend might influence it. She also looks at how the company’s software helps designers understand what is needed and create it.

There are plenty of diagrams to illustrate the point that Jakublamik is making in his blog for bandwidth consumption. After clearly setting out the culprits for bandwidth hunger, he lays out the ARM Mali GPU appetizers in a conversational, yet detailed very useful blog (and with a Chinese version available too).


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