Blog Review: May 25

Drone delivery; memory challenges; IoT: growth, security vs. safety, and weighing vulnerabilities; from ADAS to autonomous; maker boards in new places.


As a prelude of drone delivery, shipping company DHL set up a carbon fiber tilt-rotor to ferry packages between two villages in the Alps, in this week’s top five tech picks from Ansys’ Bill Vandermark. Plus, IBM’s phase-change memory, see-through wood that’s stronger than glass, and perhaps a Babel fish.

There have been considerable investments in new memories, but getting to them won’t be all roses, says Applied’s Er-Xuan Ping in presenting an overview of some of the interconnect issues and the need for new materials.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan sits in on Mike Demler’s keynote at the Linley IoT conference on the slow growth of consumer IoT, and when it will overtake industrial.

Mentor’s Robert Bates looks at IoT from the perspective of not only preventing breaches through security measures, but using safety standards to make executing exploits difficult.

The complexity of medical devices means that there are almost certainly flaws, says Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi, but it’s important to figure out the actual impact of a vulnerability on patient safety.

How do you make the jump from ADAS to fully autonomous? NXP’s Hillary Cain shares key points from two panels at FTF Technology Forum.

ARM’s Eric Gowland looks back at Maker Faire 2016 and some of the interesting ways platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi are being used, from underwater drones to space.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff asks if open source hardware could help alleviate margin erosion in the semiconductor industry.

Aldec’s Louie De Luna asks, what is the hardest part of putting DO-254 into practice?

Independent blogger Gaurav Jalan takes a look at the difference between errors and mistakes when it comes to verification.

And don’t forget the blogs featured in last week’s Manufacturing, Design & Test newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling contends that it’s getting tougher for equipment makers and foundries to stay in the game for shrinking features.

Executive Editor Mark LaPedus finds some bright spots in otherwise sluggish reports.

Technical Editor Katherine Derbyshire looks at the mystery of unexplained noise.

Mentor Graphics’ Michael White digs into changes in rule checks in sub-resolution litho.

Coventor’s Mattan Kamon examines where to build efficiency into the MEMS design flow.

Semico Research’s Joanne Itow questions whether fab capacity will keep up with the growth expected in sensors and IoT.

SEMI’s Evgeny Suvorov points to infinite possibilities and opportunities as IoT grows in Russia.