Blog Review: April 13

Building 3D NAND; China’s EVs; a formal appointment; more zero-days; another ninth planet; data from wearables.


A Lam Research staff writer discusses the transformational effects of NAND flash memory and looks at the challenges of the next step: building 3D NAND structures.

With the recent reports of people lining up to preorder the Model 3, Tesla may seem like the hottest electric vehicle company right now. But Mentor’s Andrew Macleod argues it may actually be BYD Auto, a Chinese company that that sold the highest number of electric vehicles last year.

Cadence’s Christine Young chats with Dr. Ziyad Hanna on his recent appointing as a visiting professor at Oxford, bridging the academic-industry divide, and his views on the key areas of formal verification technology.

The number of zero-day vulnerabilities being exploited has risen dramatically, says Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi. Be sure to update your Flash player.

Is there another planet lurking out there in the solar system, just waiting to be discovered? Ansys’ Bill Vandermark points to a sign there might be in this week’s top five tech picks. Plus, a foam that stops bullets and automatic generation of videos.

The problem with wearables isn’t in the number of sensors – it’s in not knowing what to do with all the collected data, says Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff.

To see lots of kids having fun with tech, check out this report from ARM’s Stuart Beaton on this year’s Big Bang Fair in the UK.

The pressures on data centers are growing changing, and Altera’s Ron Wilson questions whether Ethernet will remain up to the task.

Cadence’s Jacek Duda describes the relationships between USB Type-C, USB 3.1, and Power Delivery specifications in a new video.

Synopsys’ David Chartier looks at the controversial practice of naming and promoting software vulnerabilities.

In his latest PCB podcast, Mentor’s John McMillan explores design for manufacturing analysis and steps to take in a design flow for first pass success.

How is molybdenum disulfide like a pair of mirrors facing each other? Rambus’ Patrick Gill points to recent research that has the answer.

Plus, check out the featured blogs from last week’s IoT, Security & Automotive newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling contends it’s time to get serious about security.

Technology Editor Ernest Worthman argues that no system can ever be fully secured.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler looks at why safety and security are at risk in the automotive supply chain.

Kilopass’ Paolo Piacenini points to the importance of understanding memory structure, key storage, and the chain of trust.

Mentor Graphics’ Andrew Macleod digs into what’s behind the drive to system-level design in automotive and why it’s so difficult.