Blog Review: Dec. 7

Verification results; portable stimulus; JESD204B; MEMS capacity; biometrics.

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Mentor’s Harry Foster looks at verification results findings in terms of schedules, number of required spins, and classification of functional bugs, in the latest installment of the Wilson Research Group verification study.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan provides an overview of the portable stimulus standard currently being worked on at Accellera.

Synopsys’ Anika Malhotra checks out JESD204B, a standard that provides bit rates up to 12.5Gbps for serial interfaces and reduces the number of digital inputs and outputs between high speed data converters and FPGAs and other devices.

Semico’s Joanne Itow highlights a MSIG Executive Congress discussion on the availability of MEMS manufacturing capacity, the utilization of that capacity and the impact on the market.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff looks beyond fingerprint scanners to new methods of biometric authentication.

NXP’s Mike Dow checks out efforts to reduce to barriers to entry in the Point of Sale market.

Icon Labs’ David West argues that OEMs should care about an IoT device’s security and notes a few basic capabilities can make devices dramatically more secure.

Arteris’ Kurt Shuler points toward a helpful introduction of the role and functions of semiconductors in driverless cars and how current ADAS systems differ.

ARM’s Jason Andrews offers an introduction to branch prediction and its impact on Cortex-R8.

Cadence’s Priya Balasubramanian highlights upcoming changes in Bluetooth 5 that could help it become a better connectivity option for connected home useage.

Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi says that a vulnerability in the mobile app for Telsa customers can be hacked, enabling criminal hackers to locate, unlock, and potentially steal a vehicle.

In two new videos, Mentor’s Colin Walls looks at power issues and start up time in embedded systems, plus the benefits and drawbacks of operator overloading in C++.

Plus, check out the featured blogs from last week’s IoT, Security & Automotive newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling contends that making technology for self-driving vehicles is only one piece of the puzzle.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler looks at the impact of automotive technology now driving instead of following consumer electronics trends.

Technology Editor Jeff Dorsch argues that the bright, shiny prospect of IoT may be losing its luster.

Rambus’ Asaf Ashkenazi digs into what the Department of Homeland Security considers necessary to secure the IoT.

Mentor Graphics’ Brian Derrick observes that to leverage sensor-based technology at the edge of the IoT, both designers and ecosystems are changing.