Blog Review: Jan. 20

Solar power; auto BiST; finFET storms; medieval security; CES; new packaging options.


How far can you go on solar power? 493 million miles, at least if you’re the Juno spacecraft. Plus, winemaking gets a boost from submarine technology, in this week’s top tech picks from Ansys’ Bill Vandermark.

Mentor’s Steve Pateras digs into how automotive ICs bring a whole new set of requirements that are driving the evolution of memory BIST.

If you’re interested in neural networks and how to bring them into mass-market silicon, Cadence’s Paul McLellan has an event you won’t want to miss.

Synopsys’ Graham Etchells poses a riddle: How is a FinFET like a hurricane?

NXP’s Christopher Hill returns to the question of why Tj @ Tcase and looks at what happens to the majority of the heat energy when it leaves a surface-mount power component soldered to a PCB.

The IoT is redefining the sensor’s place in the electromechanical ecosystem, and Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff says to be successful, the next generation of sensors are going to have to do more with less.

What can medieval military techniques teach us about system security? According to Altera’s Ron Wilson, there are more parallels than you might think.

Cadence’s Christine Young chats with Gilles Lamant on how photonics can make the move into mainstream electronic design.

Computational fluid dynamics on your phone? It’s coming, says Mentor’s Robin Bornoff, who looks at some exciting realtime 2D CFD apps on the market.

ARM’s Eoin McCann identifies four trends at CES that he sees influencing where the industry is headed this year.

And for an alternate take on CES, Semico’s Joanne Itow focuses on what was missing from the show.

And don’t forget to check out the featured blogs from last week’s Low Power-High Performance newsletter:

Editor in Chief Ed Sperling contends that big changes are ahead with all the industry leaders backing new packaging approaches.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler digs into the reasons we still need new chips in the cloud computing era.

ARM’s Brian Fuller finds that intelligent software, the right processor and constant calibration can prevent nausea and solve ‘simulator sickness.’

Rambus’ Steven Woo zeroes in on problems caused by the fact that not all technology advances at the same pace.

Mentor Graphics’ Abishek Ranjan, Saurabh Shrimal and Sanjiv Naryan look at how to explore multiple design choices fast.

Synopsys’ Mike Thompson observes that looking back a decade may give some hint about just how much things will change over the next 10 years.