Blog Review: July 12

Challenges for autonomous cars; unusual applications of formal; optimizing DNN architecture; IIoT; security and supply chains.

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Mentor’s Puneet Sinha points to five big engineering stumbling blocks in building commercially-viable autonomous vehicles.

Synopsys’ Anders Nordstrom checks out some exotic applications of formal verification.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan listens in on a talk by Cadence’s Michelle (Xuehong) Mao on how the company’s deep neural network, CactusNet, works for optimizing network architecture.

Several NI writers examine four different aspects of Industrial IoT and their potential impact.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff checks out what the payments industry thinks the future of shopping will look like.

ARM’s Rob Kaye digs into modeling GPUs using virtual prototypes with ARM Fast Models.

Intel’s Jakob Engbloms considers the benefits of building virtual platforms for early system integration, with a focus on Simics platforms.

Silicon Labs’ Deirdre Walsh talks with Propeller Health’s Greg Tracy about what goes into building a connected inhaler addon to help manage asthma and COPD.

IBM’s Jen Clark considers ‘smart cricket,’ plus connected bikes at the Tour de France.

In a podcast, Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi and Chris Clark chat about cybersecurity challenges facing the automotive supply chain.

Cadence’s Meera Collier notes the importance of trusting leadership to make moral choices when it comes to technology.

Mentor’s Minghui Fan looks at new features for Calibre in optical proximity correction and model development.

And don’t miss the featured blogs from the latest IoT, Security & Automotive and Packaging, Test & Electronic Systems newsletters:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling argues that as machines begin training and talking to other machines, the integrity of that data becomes more critical.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler looks at why so much work is underway in and around the vehicles of tomorrow.

Mentor’s Brian Derrick maps out the industrial automation supply chain.

Rambus’ Asaf Ashkenazi observes that understanding the needs of OEMs is important to increase adoption of IoT security practices.

Marvell’s Nick Ilyadis examines new standards that address the need for speed without the cost of extensive rewiring.

ARM’s Philip Sparks explains why the IoT will have as large an impact on the economy as the Internet.

Kilopass’ Paolo Piacentini points to the importance of keeping a car’s crash data secure.

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling finds that the biggest advantage in advanced packaging is still missing, but that’s expected to change.

Technology Editor Jeff Dorsch finds that big ATE and test and measurement vendors are in short supply at Semicon West.

Optimal Plus’ Guy Cortez examines the results of a post mortem on RMAs backed by big data analytics.

SEMI’s Clark Tseng notes that China’s 200mm fab capacity is expected to grow from 700,000 wafers per month to 900,000 wpm by 2021.