Blog Review: Jan. 2

Running out of juice; drones; food for thought; layered verification; mobile tips; cleaner vehicles for China.


ARM’s Lori Kate Smith has been scouring the market for cool devices. Her pick: the Epic Giveaway wrist computer for runners. She says the only drawback is the 10-hour battery life, but if you can run that long and still have some juice left in your body you probably need a GPS, instead.

Mentor’s J VanDomelen has been tracking orders from the United Arab Emirates’ and its neighbors for military vehicles—particularly the mine-resistant, ambush-protected kind of vehicles—as well as a slew of drones. Considering some of the advanced electronics in these devices, this is good for the semiconductor world.

Cadence’s Richard Goering provides some links to more than 300 presentations given at CDNLive last year, ranging from stacked die to low power and mixed signal. Grab a knife and fork and dig in.

Synopsys’ Richard Solomon bids farewell to 2013 with a recap for the year in PCIe. This may be an unusual way of connecting calendars.

Independent blogger Gaurav Jalan provides some helpful hints about sequence layering in UVM. This is an increasingly important technique in verification, and you’ll probably be hearing a lot more about layering this year in verification as a new way of dividing and conquering the rising complexity in SoCs.

ARM’s Peter Harris offers up some tips on how to do <x> in assembler. If you’re working in high-volume mobile devices, this is probably a good thing to know.

Mentor’s John Day looks at a joint venture between NXP and Datang Telecom in China, which is focused on ASICs for the automotive market. The intent is to develop zero-emission power trains for the domestic Chinese market, where clean vehicles are sorely needed.

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