Blog Review: July 11

What to expect in the year’s second half; router vulnerabilities; initializing non-volatile RAM.


Synopsys’ Taylor Armerding warns that while significant router vulnerabilities have been known about for years, security mostly hasn’t been getting better, leading to a 539% increase in attacks targeting routers since the fourth quarter of 2017.

In a video, Mentor’s Colin Walls walks through how to deal with the initialization of non-volatile RAM in embedded programming, including suggestions on how to set up a signature and integrity checks.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan covers the ESD Alliance’s recent Digital Marketing Workshop, which discussed why inbound marketing can help smaller companies scale up from early market development.

In a video, VLSI Research’s Dan Hutcheson and Andrea Lati chat about the semiconductor industry’s prospects for the rest of the year, supply and demand balance, and what collateral damage a trade war could inflict.

Arm’s William Wang notes that while emerging non-volatile memories hold revolutionary potential, persistent memory use cases pose challenges that will need addressing such as ensuring correct system recovery.

UltraSoC’s Gajinder Panesar points to RISC-V as a big opportunity that could boost India’s chip design startup scene without the cost burdens that come with traditional architectures.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff looks at why the hacking of Bithumb, South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, sent the general cryptocurrency market into a slide.

Intel’s Charlotte Dryden argues that developers of computer vision systems should take more responsibility for balancing consumers’ privacy and convenience by allowing consumers to define their own terms for data privacy.

ANSYS’ Paolo Colombo points to what’s changing in the aerospace industry, including the growing role of startups and universities as well as the use of simulation to deal with a greater design space.

Plus, check out the blogs featured in the latest IoT, Security & Automotive newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling observes that concerns about breaches is up, but the number of attacks is still rising.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler contends that automotive OEMs need to be able to adapt to new regulations and specifications as they evolve.

Mentor’s Andrew Macleod questions how the industry should respond as the public conversation around autonomous vehicles shifts to safety.

Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi finds more questions than answers when it comes to progress in autonomous vehicles.

Marvell’s Sree Durbha examines the impact of improved WiFi communication on entry-level drone cost and reliability.

Flex Logix’s Geoff Tate explains why to get top performance from neural network inferencing, you need lots of MACs/second.

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