Blog Review: May 18

Pollution bots; automotive security; attacking hardware; SAE lessons; quantum diamonds; hobbyist boards in industry; mobile payments; teaching design on tight budgets.


Lead-absorbing bots may be the future of cleaning up polluted industrial wastewater, in this week’s top five tech picks from Ansys’ Justin Nescott. Plus, the Hyperloop is getting closer, and two years of Curiosity.

In his latest podcast, Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi chats with Chris Clark about the current automotive security landscape and what gaps exist when it comes to standards.

From an EDPS Cyber Security Workshop, Cadence’s Paul McLellan digs into two different approaches used to attack hardware: side channel analysis and fault injection.

From how to think about security to the future of the CAN bus, Mentor’s Joe Hupcey III reflects on five key points from this year’s SAE World Congress.

Diamonds aren’t just for jewelry, says Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff, who investigates a recent study on the material’s quantum effects in relation to new sensor technologies.

Will ‘Maker’ prototype boards like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and BeagleBone move into the mainstream industry scene? ARM’s Eric Gowland looks at why they may.

NXP’s Jeff Miles looks at the trend towards mobile and contactless payment systems, plus projections for the future.

Cadence’s Christine Young continues her look at the challenges in education, particularly teaching advanced-node design when budgets are tight.

Mentor’s Martin Keim travels the road ahead for 3D IC test and what it means for die-level test quality.

Synopsys’ Ajay Garg provides a rundown of MIPI D-PHY and the unique features giving it a boost in the smartphone market.

GlobalFoundries’ Dave Lammers looks at the IoT market challenge of combining processors and other digital cores with memories and RF, and the progress of RF SOI.

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

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling finds experimentation is replacing a neatly ordered future, which isn’t all bad.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler observes that when it comes to statistical calibration, what you do with the data can make a difference.

Synopsys’ Srikanth Jadcherla examines the use of island ordering to counter an explosion of power states.

Sonics’ Drew Wingard digs into power management from the architectural design level.

Mentor Graphics’ Mohit Kumar looks at why deep sequential analysis is so valuable.

ARM’s David Maidment digs into new design approaches when implementing Cat-M and NB-IoT.