The Week In Review: Design


M&A ARM made two acquisitions to add the new NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) low power wide area connectivity standard to its designs: Mistbase, founded in 2015 in Sweden, provides a complete NB-IoT physical layer implementation solution, while London-based NextG-Com, founded in 2008, offers a complete layer two and three software stack for NB-IoT. Tools Synopsys released the latest versio... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


M&A ARM Holdings this week announced the acquisition of two firms, Mistbase and NextG-Com, to help bring narrowband Internet of Things technology to its chip designs. In addition, the company announced the development of ARM Cordio-N radios to reduce the complexity of adopting cellular IoT connectivity. Meanwhile, Blu Wireless Technology of the U.K. reported that ARM made an equity investment ... » read more

Custom Hardware Thriving


In the early days of the IoT, predictions about the commoditization of hardware and the end of customized hardware were everywhere. Several years later, those predictions are being proven wrong. Off-the-shelf components have not replaced customized hardware, and software has not dictated all designs. In fact, in many cases the exact opposite has happened. And where software does play an elev... » read more

Blog Review: Feb. 22


Mentor's Brian Derrick digs into the state of the electric vehicle industry and whether established OEMs will be able to make the changes required to meet new consumer demands. Cadence's Paul McLellan listens in on how to greatly improve the efficiency of machine learning, without using custom hardware, in a talk by Stanford's Kunle Olukotun. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi warns not to overlook ... » read more

Blog Review: Feb. 15


Mentor's Jean-Marie Brunet looks at factors driving the growth of hardware emulation for SoCs. Cadence's Dave Pursley asserts that the role of hardware developers is about to change for the better. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi says that major software vulnerabilities are becoming less frequent, in spite of hype surrounding named bugs. ARM's Rhonda Dirvin discusses the release of the OpenFog... » read more

Real-Time Virtualization – How Hard Can It Be?


What’s the first association you make when you hear of virtualization? Server farms? ‘The cloud’? Most people don’t think of embedded systems - never mind hard real-time - yet these are areas where virtualization is now becoming commonplace. Markets such as industrial, automotive and medical—many of which also have requirements around functional safety for products like car braking... » read more

Blog Review: Feb. 8


Mentor's Craig Armenti looks at some of the challenges involved with multi-board PCB or system design. Cadence's Paul McLellan highlights a presentation by Igor Keller on the state of the art in static timing analysis. Synopsys' Eric Huang has some ideas for USB interoperability testing. Intel's Ron Wilson delves into the current state of 5G, and why perspectives on that differ. Ans... » read more

IoT Security Ratings Needed


Concerns about security have been growing alongside adoption of the IoT, and it seems to be making some headway. This is good news, if it continues, because one of the biggest concerns about buying connected devices is that they can provide inroads into personal data. Data security has been a persistent annoyance for several years. Almost anyone who travels or shops at major department store... » read more

Rapid SoC Proof-Of-Concept For Zero Cost


A new breed of designers has arrived that is leveraging inexpensive sensors to build the intelligent systems at the edge of the Internet of Things (IoT). They work in small teams, collaborate online, and they expect affordable design tools that are easy to use in order to quickly produce results. Their goal is to deliver a functioning device to their stakeholders while spending as little money ... » read more

Chaos, Progress In Mobile Payment Security


Semiconductor suppliers and their embedded software partners, internally and externally, have made tremendous strides in recent years supporting secure mobile payment processing. It hasn't been easy. Or simple. And it's still evolving. The result of those efforts, which is now set to play an increasingly important and widespread commercial role in 2017, are trusted execution environment t... » read more

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