Blog Review: Feb. 3

Technology boosts for cars; hacking on TV; auto company structure; formal and football; routing finFETs; telegraph history.


In this week’s top five tech picks, Ansys’ Bill Vandermark highlights a variety of breakthroughs which, working together, help boost self-driving cars.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff reviews the television show Mr. Robot, which he says may have as much potential impact as WarGames did in the 80s.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan looks at Conway’s Law of business organization and the changing structure of automotive companies.

How is formal verification like football? Mentor’s Joe Hupcey III has a bug hunting technique to look for during the Super Bowl.

Synopsys’ Graham Etchells considers some special routing challenges when it comes to FinFETs.

The Science Museum in London and ARM’s Neil Cooper present two more quick videos of technologies instrumental in getting to where we are now: Cooke and Wheatstone’s Electric Telegraph and the telegraph improvement from Émile Baudot.

Lam Research puts some perspective on just how small a nanometer really is. Just wait until we get down into the Ångström world.

Karen Bartleson reveals the four topics taking the IEEE’s attention this year.

And if you missed last week’s System-Level Design newsletter, check out the featured blogs:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling argues that taking advantage of new markets requires some fundamental changes throughout the EDA industry.

Technology Editor Brian Bailey contends that 2016 could be a boring year because the industry and the products it produces have all become adequate, despite the fact that there is a way out.

Mentor Graphics’ Ellie Burns explores why UPF needs to be an integral part of a design rather than an afterthought.

Synopsys’ Tom De Schutter digs into self-driving and almost self-driving cars and how to improve them.

Cadence’s Frank Schirrmeister looks back to the Cell processor and solid-state drives and forward to the driverless car.

XtremeEDA’s Neil Johnson finds peer pressure is causing verification teams to adopt UVM, but questions whether it’s time to talk about alternatives.

eSilicon’s Mike Gianfagna observes that EDA is at the center of the IoT, and the IoT is at the center of DAC.

FirstEDA’s Alex Grove sings the praises of FPGAs.