Blog Review: April 8

Moore’s Law 2.0; cache coherency in ARM AXI; FPGA verification study; 90MPH bicycle; tech in libraries; which embedded board?; HAPS development update; TSMC’s take on trends; drowsy drivers; hurricane simulator.


No other human endeavor has seen such sustained exponential growth. But it’s the end of an era for Moore’s Law, says Cadence’s Axel Scherer—and only the beginning of one for Moore’s Law 2.0.

Synopsys’ Amit Sharma tackles the cache coherency extensions of the ARM Advanced eXtensible Interface (AXI) and points out that the infrastructure required for their verification needs to scale up in sophistication as well. The blog looks at some of the latest UVM capabilities required to solve this challenge.

In the latest installment of his functional verification study, Mentor’s Harry Foster continues looking at the data points necessary to determine the effort spent in FPGA verification.

In this week’s top five articles, Ansys’ Bill Vandermark collects the extraordinary and the unbelievable. Check out the extreme race in the desert to push a human powered bicycle past 90 MPH. Plus, CERN’s project from a galaxy far, far away.

NXP’s Kurt Bischof argues we should all visit our local libraries more. If you’re already a library lover, check out the behind-the-scenes automation giving librarians more time with patrons.

ARM’s Alban Rampon has the latest updates for the ARM Community, including a new guide to determine which ARM-based board to use for your next embedded project.

Synopsys’ Mick Posner gives us an update on the development process of HAPS systems for Xilinx’s UltraScale VU440 devices.

Two paths diverge in the semiconductor woods… In an interview with Suk Lee, Cadence’s Brian Fuller asks if TSMC can take both.

According to AAA, 37% of drivers report having fallen asleep while driving. Mentor’s John Day highlights the rapidly-adopted smart car feature battling the statistic: a drowsy driver alert system.

It’s not your everyday wind tunnel. Ansys’ Murali Kadiramangalam takes us inside the Wall of Wind, Florida’s Category-5 hurricane simulator for full-size buildings.

Check out the blogs featured in last week’s IoT & Security newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling contends that the IoT is changing more than just the way we interact with our environment—it’s altering the fundamental way we design that interaction.

Technology Editor Ernest Worthman argues that social media sites have a responsibility to protect data on their network.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler finds that even the lowly backyard chicken is being touched by the IoT.

Andes’ Emerson Hsiao dissects older MCU technology and explains why it’s impractical for IoT applications.

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