Smart Cities, Challenging Issues


Smart cities are coming. Not everything will be connected, and not everything will be connected at once. Still, governments around the globe are beginning to tap into a world of connected devices and sensors for reasons ranging from cheaper lighting to less traffic, lower crime, and improved air quality. Smart cities encompass all manner of usage models and equipment — parking meters, traf... » read more

Incorporating IoT Security At The Design Phase


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has outlined six Strategic Principles for securing the Internet of Things. Perhaps the most important of these principles is the concept of implementing security at the design phase, with the DHS recommending the use of hardware that incorporates security features to strengthen the protection and integrity of a device. This includes leveraging comp... » read more

Making Mobile Payments Simple


Shopping will one day become a truly interactive experience, with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi beacons scanning digital profiles, stored in the cloud and accessed on mobile devices and wearables, to generate recommendations in real time. Although beacon deployment is still ramping up, the technology is poised to play a critical role in the evolution of mobile payments as consumers begin to truly interac... » read more

Blog Review: Nov. 30


Cadence's Paul McLellan presents a three-part series on the future of EDA, with insights from both academia and industry. Mentor's Harry Foster focuses on power management trends in ASIC design, in the latest installment of the 2016 Wilson Research Group verification study. Plus, what aspects of power are verified and how designers describe power intent. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi reports th... » read more

Blog Review: Nov. 23


Mentor's Brian Derrick argues that both designers and ecosystems are changing to leverage advances in sensing technology at the edge of the IoT. Cadence's Paul McLellan listens in on a DVCon Europe keynote by NXP's Jürgen Weyer on what automotive is learning from mobile and where the big challenges lie. Synopsys' Tumuluri SantoshaLakshmi talks about seven of the biggest challenges in JED... » read more

Blog Review: Nov. 16


Cadence's Paul McLellan highlights a talk from the recent Jasper User Group by ARM's Daryl Stewart on how the company saw the value of formal verification. Synopsys' Patrick Sheridan looks at the benefits of using SystemC TLM-2.0 AT for virtual prototype architecture modeling. Mentor's Jim Martens argues for the importance of a reliable power delivery network. A Lam Research staff writ... » read more

Partitioning For Power


Examine any smartphone design today and most of the electronic circuitry is "off" most of the time. And regardless of how many processor cores are available, it's rare to use more than a couple of those cores at any point in time. The emphasis is shifting, though, as the mobility market flattens and other markets such as driver-assisted vehicles and IoT begin gaining traction. In a car, turn... » read more

Faster SerDes For More Efficient Data Centers


The evolving data center presents an imposing set of challenges for system architects as Dennard Scaling fades and Moore’s Law wanes. These include an exponential increase in data, shifting architectural bottlenecks and a never-ending demand for higher performance within the same power and thermal envelopes. The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data analytics, in-memory computing and machine ... » read more

Making Mobile Payments Simple


The origins of commerce can be traced back to prehistoric times when early civilizations bartered goods and services. Although the introduction of currency in various forms marked a critical milestone for commerce, very little has actually changed since the early days of open-air markets. Plastic may have replaced paper, yet fundamentally, the brick-and-mortar experience has remained static for... » read more

Blog Review: Nov. 9


Mentor's Andrew Patterson highlights two of the main debates around IoT: how to connect and how much security is enough. Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out one company's design for a dataflow processing unit to speed up deep learning networks. Prepare for USB to be everywhere in the autonomous car, says Synopsys' Eric Huang. Rambus' Aharon Etengoff argues that the end of Dennard Scalin... » read more

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