Blog Review: Aug. 9

SoC malware; code hygiene; semi and equipment trends; GPUs and machine learning; wireless in cars.


Cadence’s Paul McLellan digs into a recently discovered vulnerability in the Broadcom Wi-Fi chip used in many smartphones and why it should be a wakeup call for SoC designers.

Mentor’s Craig Armenti considers whether work-in-process design data management is an asset or a liability.

Synopsys’ Thomas M. Tuerke notes that in code, as in medicine, proper hygiene is should be treated as a continual process.

In a video, VLSIresearch’s G. Dan Hutcheson and Andrea Lati discuss market trends for semiconductors and equipment in the biggest growth period since 2010, plus where opportunities lie.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff reports on a new push in the U.S. Senate to require stronger security measures for government-purchased IoT devices.

ARM’s Freddi Jeffries looks at why GPUs are so good for on-device machine learning.

Gary Dagastine highlights two recent keynotes by GlobalFoundries’ Sanjay Jha and Tom Caulfield, who both consider how the semiconductor industry will need to change to innovate for the future.

Marvell’s Avinash Ghirnikar looks at the automotive industry’s embrace of wireless, from IR-based keyless entry systems in the ’80s to Wi-Fi that enables vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

Aldec’s Janusz Kitel says that while traceability is becoming increasingly important in most engineering projects, it doesn’t have to be a headache.

Ansys’ Susan Coleman takes a look at using simulation to optimize a wireless charging system for wearables.

Sonics’ Randy Smith says that when it comes to power management, most chip architectures are designed like a car without a gas pedal.

Samsung’s Jim Elliott contends that NAND flash will be a key pillar of the fast growing big data and analytics market.

Applied’s Russell Tham argues that education in both science and the arts is important, and each gives kids tangible skills.

In a video, Mentor’s Colin Walls looks at embedded systems and the magic of complier optimization.

In a video, Cadence’s Sharon Rosenberg details the modeling of state machines using the Portable Stimulus standard.

Plus, check out the blogs from the recent IoT, Security & Automotive and Packaging, Test & Electronic Systems newsletters:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling observes that the introduction date for self-driving vehicles is less obvious than it was a year ago.

Marvell’s Avinash Ghirnikar contends that connectivity and throughput will alter the way we interact with cars, and how cars interact with each other.

Mentor’s Puneet Sinha points out that autonomous vehicle engineering is more than just adding sensors to a vehicle.

Rambus’ Asaf Ashkenazi argues that device makers must do more to implement security measures in everything from video cameras to toys.

Achronix’s Volkan Okem zeroes in on ways to make eFPGA timing closure easier.

Cliosoft’s Ranjit Adhikary examines behind-the-scenes technology for the Large Hadron Collider.

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling argues that efforts to trim costs follow proof points that fan-outs and SiP are working.

Technology Editor Jeff Dorsch examines the differences between new offerings from Advantest and Xcerra.

National Instruments’ Sherry Hess looks at why mentoring and STEM are so important for the next generation of engineers.

The IoT Security Foundation’s Haydn Povey notes that government and industry groups are beginning to ramp up efforts to limit IoT breaches.

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