Blog Review: April 26

Cosmic radiation; worm war; who’s responsible for IoT security; STT-MRAM; semiconductors and services.


Cadence’s Paul McLellan provides an introduction to single-event effects and the challenges created when high-energy neutrons bombard chips.

Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi looks at the strange turf war between two worms battling for control of IoT security cameras.

Mentor’s Ayan Pahwa contends that it’s the duty of IoT device developers to take security as paramount factor and provide good security features and options for consumers.

Applied’s Mahendra Pakala discusses what is driving the adoption of STT MRAM and highlights some of the initial challenges and progress on making it commercially viable.

Intel’s Matthew Rosenquist raises concerns about how cybersecurity will be impacted when attackers see value in making machine learning algorithms, and the sensors that inform them, a target.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff highlights a talk by Rambus CEO Ron Black, who proposes that, in the wake of industry consolidation, semiconductor companies may need to shift to a services oriented model.

Ansys’ Sudhir Sharma checks out a few reasons the American Council for Energy Efficient Economy calls semiconductors the driving force behind U.S. energy efficiency gains.

ARM’s Evens Pan shows how start-up PerceptIn embedded a deep learning inference engine with the ARM Compute Library.

In a video, Cadence’s Tom Hackett traces a few ways the von Neumann architecture has evolved in attempts to overcome a series of processing bottlenecks.

Mentor’s Pete Decher points to an in-depth report on the state of the AI market and the industries the technology is poised to disrupt.

Synopsys’ Eric Huang questions whether autonomous cars will make high speed trains difficult to justify in urban areas.

And don’t miss the blogs featured in last week’s Manufacturing & Process Technology newsletter:

Editor in Chief Ed Sperling examines why a number of individual EUV steps proved so difficult, and how that will play out for future chips.

Executive Editor Mark LaPedus questions whether China can succeed in the IC equipment industry.

Technical Editor Katherine Derbyshire shows how restrictions on hiring will unfold for people who have nothing to do with technology.

Coventor’s Mustafa Akbulut explains how tiny variations can result in much bigger problems.

SEMI’s Jamie Girard zeroes in on issues involving trade, taxes, immigration and R&D in discussions with U.S. policymakers.

Semico Research’s Rich Wawrzyniak contends that while design costs have been rising steadily since 40nm, the acceleration at 7nm and 5nm is worrisome.

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