Blog Review: May 25

Democratizing MEMS; fast cars; a party with a purpose; jobs; another kind of bit; power over USB; decoding Ubuntu.

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By Ed Sperling
Cadence’s Richard Goering follows Jim Hogan’s talk about the democratization of MEMS. This market is showing big gains lately, but to really release the emergency brake will require a different design approach.

Mentor’s Robin Bornoff revs up the engine and turns on the neon underbody lighting in this look at the overclocking market, shifting effortlessly from cars to PCs and from hot products to heat sinks. This should be an interesting series.

Synopsys’ Eric Huang looks at the rise of USB 3.0 in laptops and PCs, and uses his platform to advertise new jobs at Cadence. That’s a first.

Si2’s Steve Schulz looks at the standards efforts in place at DAC, as well as a party with a purpose—no, not the Denali party. That may be a standard, but we’ve yet to find a purpose.

Cadence’s Qingyu Lin digs into CPF low-power simulation with an AMS design. This is great inside information that you’d probably only find at a technical conference where there are no windows, bad acoustics and terrible coffee. Yes, we’ve all been there.

Mentor’s Colin Walls looks at delivering power over USB. That should cut down on the connections—as well as the energy requirements.

Synopsys’ Karen Bartleson and Yvette Huygen interview Holly Stump and Carol Hallett about challenges for women in technology. This is an important topic, and one where some progress is being made.

Cadence’s Jason Andrews looks under the covers at Ubuntu, the Debian-derived Linux, and traces his steps backward from an error message.

Semico’s Tony Massimini examines different kinds of bits—oil drill bits—and the sensors needed to relay accurate information.