Blog Review: July 8

Safety for cyclists; BBC Micro:bit details; prototype modular electric vehicle; dark side of constraints; productive verification with VIP; FPGA routing congestion; fleet driver activity patterns.


In this week’s picks for his top five technology articles, Ansys’ Justin Nescott rolls in with two ways for cyclists to improve safety, the development of the wheelchair and the advancement of fingerprint scanners for healthcare and security.

With the launch of the BBC Micro:bit, one part of a program to inspire young people to get into coding and digital creation, ARM’s Gary Atkinson shows off the board’s features and shares some of the challenges on the road to its final design.

NXP’s Martijn van der Linden takes a look at “Nova,” the latest prototype modular electric vehicle from students at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Cadence’s Marat Teplitsky explores the dark side of constraints on ‘do-not-generate’ fields with examination of a common pitfall, including what to look for in the debug process and a way to prevent it.

Mentor’s Pradeep Salla presents a guide to what’s needed to get to productive verification with VIP, with PCIe VIP as an example.

Synopsys’ Michael Posner discusses a new capability in the Synopsys FPGA/FPGA-based prototyping tools to help solve FPGA routing congestion.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff highlights a real-world driving experiment by Ford and Hewlett Packard using analytics to explore the patterns and multiple dimensions of fleet driver activity.

Plus, check out the featured blogs from the latest IoT & Security newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling observes that threats may come from inside or outside, even from devices that have no direct connection.

Technology Editor Ernest Worthman argues that proprietary products need to talk to each other in the IoE world.

Kilopass’ Linh Hong finds that storing your keys in the freezer isn’t a sustainable model.

Andes Technology’s Emerson Hsiao contends that the IoT’s next hit product is already showing up on retail store shelves.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler digs into the innovation explosion, meaning the number of patents filed is spiking with the level of sophistication in wearable products.