Blog Review: Jan. 22

Social engineering; GDS to OASIS; persistence of memories; cable modem vulnerability.


Synopsys’ Taylor Armerding explains different types of social engineering scams that target everyone from CEOs to gamers to smart appliance users, and what training and tools can better protect people and their organizations.

Mentor’s Dennis Joseph points to some important things to consider if you’re thinking about switching from GDS to OASIS and some tips for converting files.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan checks out two key emerging persistent memories, 3D-Xpoint and MRAM, and the importance of becoming cheaper than DRAM to eventual success.

A Rambus writer explains Cable Haunt, a newly-identified critical remote code execution vulnerability in hundreds of millions of cable modems, and why it demonstrates the need for a security by design approach.

In a video, VLSI Research’s Andrea Lati and Dan Hutcheson chat about what’s in store for the semiconductor market in 2020 and how current issues are likely to affect the manufacturing supply chain.

ANSYS’ Luke Munholand checks out efforts to make commercial supersonic travel viable over populated areas by reducing the loudness of sonic booms.

Arm’s Rhiannon Burleigh shares some of the most exciting work from Arm Research in 2019, from securing hardware side channels without compromising performance to improving recurrent neural networks.

Consultant Walt Custer takes a look at how some key electronics-producing countries and regions finished 2019 and points to a rebounding semiconductor capital equipment as a signal the business cycle may be on the upswing.

Intel’s Mario Romao argues that the EU should put in place a coherent strategy for AI in healthcare so that the benefits from AI can be felt by patients, healthcare systems, and society at large.

Plus, check out the blogs featured in last week’s Low Power-High Performance newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling points to an explosion of new ways to improve performance with less power.

Mentor’s Madhur Bhargava finds a better way to represent low-power objects created in UPF for fast and reliable low power coverage infrastructures.

Synopsys’ Himanshu Bhatt and Paras Mal Jain explain how to achieve some powerful debug and coverage mechanisms for CDC jitter using the best of both static verification and simulation.

Fraunhofer EAS’ Roland Jancke shows how digital twins go beyond classic system modeling approaches by providing a longer lifetime and greater efficiency.

Rambus’ Suresh Andani lays out the key aspects of building a PCIe 5 implementation that can meet the rapidly growing demands of cloud computing and AI/ML applications.

ANSYS’ Craig Hillman demonstrates an important technique for capturing an electronic component’s response to simulated thermal, thermo-mechanical and mechanical loads.

Adesto’s Joao Marques highlights ADC architecture considerations for applications requiring fast sampling rates.

Cadence’s Madhavi Rao reminds us of some fundamental differences between computers and the human brain.

Arm’s Chet Babla reports that the automotive focus at CES has shifted from autonomy to the digital cockpit, driving experience, and the latest ADAS.

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