Blog Review: Aug. 17

Automotive challenges; ONFi protocol; 5G is coming; smart clothing; RFID and beer; VR exercise; beyond DDR4; testing drivers.


Mentor’s Andrew Macleod listens in on the most pressing electrical engineering and embedded software challenges in the automotive industry today, in an IESF presentation by Paul Johnston.

Many flash memory protocols have appeared, and Synopsys’ Rahul Ramesh Chaudhari delves into ONFi in particular.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan digs into the challenges facing the development and roll out of 5G.

Ansys’ Sandy Adam considers just how human robots should be, in her top five tech picks for the week. Plus, improving mobility in paralyzed patients and smart textiles.

NXP’s Hillary Cain checks out a place where RFID wearables and beer meet.

ARM’s Freddi Jeffries checks out a project to make stationary exercise bikes more exciting with VR.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff and Frank Ferro ponder what lies beyond DDR4.

Verification blogger Tudor Timi continues his series on testing UVM drivers with a look at the AXI protocol.

Cadence’s Priya Balasubramanian gives an overview of the MIPI DSI specification’s evolution.

Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi looks at a new policy from the White House that requires government agencies to share some of the code they create.

Mentor’s Darrell Teegarden provides a tutorial on understanding and modeling lithium cobalt oxide battery cells.

And don’t miss the blogs featured in last week’s Low Power-High Performance newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling contends that most of the new memory types flooding the market will not be successful.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler questions whether accuracy should be a necessity for power analysis and optimization.

Synopsys’ Srikanth Jadcherla argues that in the new world of multi-voltage chips, design analysis concepts need to be rethought.

Cadence’s Christine Young digs into the challenges of designing a wearable, closed-loop seizure detection microsystem.

ARM’s James Bruce finds that as users demand more from each generation of smartphone, thermal budgets are shrinking.

Mentor Graphics’ Russell Klein examines how to reduce emulation delays associated with probe-based debug of embedded software.