Blog Review: Oct. 5

Longer lifespan for established nodes; how Ethernet rose to the top; IoT botnets; startups in India; giving schools engineering tools; functional safety; picking the right IoT IP.

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Mentor’s Michael White explores why established nodes are experiencing such an unexpectedly long lifespan and how that is driving new challenges for designers.

Cadence’s Ann Keffer checks out the history of Ethernet and how it won the battle to become the dominant network protocol.

Is your IoT device fueling a botnet? Vulnerable firmware on internet connected devices was behind one of the largest DDoS attacks in history, and Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi says the code for the attack has just been released.

From haptic footwear for the visually blind to mobile point of sale solutions, Ansys’ Kaustubh Nande checks out what’s new in the vast world of Indian startups.

GlobalFoundries’ Fernando Guarín argues that inspiring the next generation of engineers starts with providing local communities and schools the tools for learning.

NXP’s David Lopez highlights three essential things to know about functional safety.

ARM’s Prithi Ramakrishnan notes that picking the correct IP for IoT devices is a complex process, as IP in this space will inherit the complexities of both digital and RF IP.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff looks at the future of mobile payments and how shopping could become a truly interactive experience.

What will 5nm look like? No one can really tell you, argues Cadence’s Paul McLellan.

A Lam Research staff writer checks out four ways smart devices are changing homes across Asia.

Concerned about getting access to personal data stored by third parties? Alexander Macgillivray and Jay Shambaugh at the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy solicit public comment about the potential benefits and drawbacks of data portability and sharing of information.

One side effect of Moore’s Law was that there was little time for architectural innovation, but Cadence’s Paul McLellan sees that changes are on the horizon.

Synopsys’ Deepak Nagaria looks at why eMMC has been an optimal choice for flash memory in mobile devices.

Do you use CFD? Mentor’s Nazita Saye suggests attending the first FloEFD Simulation Conference, held in Frankfurt, Germany in early November.

Plus, check out the blogs featured in last week’s System-Level Design newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling observes that concerns are growing about machines hurting or replacing people.

Mentor Graphics’ Steve Pateris contends that automotive test solutions risk overlooking the majority of automotive IC field failures.

OneSpin Solutions’ Dave Kelf argues that in the wake of the Yahoo hack, chipmakers need to increase the focus on security verification.

Synopsys’ Tom De Schutter examines new prototyping solutions that integrate hardware and software, making it easier to achieve performance goals in less time.

Cadence’s Frank Schirrmeister finds that connecting traditionally disconnected flows is an important part of a strong ecosystem.

Aldec’s Brandon Wade explains why AXI has become the most widespread AMBA interface.

ARM’s Jason Andrews digs into development tools for the Cortex-R52.

eSilicon’s Mike Gianfagna points out how to close the gap in online IP procurement.