Blog Review: June 7

1,000X improvement for computer vision; 10 years of formal; portable stimulus; mixed signal at 300mm; FPGA architectures and verification.


Cadence’s Paul McLellan listens in on Jeff Bier’s Embedded Vision Summit keynote, where he argues the cost and power consumption of vision computing will decrease by about 1000X in the next three years.

Synopsys’ Sean Safarpour points to three reasons formal has grown in the last ten years to become a standard part of the verification toolbox.

Mentor’s Matthew Balance checks out the ability to call C code in the language being developed for Portable Stimulus, and the ability to reuse existing descriptions.

GlobalFoundries’ Dave Lammers examines why an increasing amount of digital content in mixed-signal chips is leading to a shift toward 300mm fabs.

Aldec’s Zibi Zalewski digs into how modern FPGA architecture influences verification methodologies.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff questions whether the threat of malware will keep smart cities from becoming viable.

A Lam Research writer checks out some rosy predictions for the growth of wireless technologies.

ARM’s Alex Mercer focuses on emerging mobile use cases, from docked mobile computing to on-device personal assistants.

A National Instruments writer points out three things to keep an eye out for at the 2017 International Microwave Symposium.

Nvidia’s Serge Lemonde introduces an AI-powered recycling sorting robot.

Mentor’s Jeff Miller looks at the history of light to guide and communicate, from lighthouses to photonic propulsion for spacecraft.

Cadence’s Meera Collier digs into the six SAE levels for vehicle autonomy and the challenges of partial autonomy, when someone is required to immediately react to a task they weren’t focused on.

Synopsys’ Jim Ivers considers the risks associated with connected medical devices – in particular medication-delivering infusion pumps.

And don’t miss this week’s blogs featured in the IoT, Security & Automotive and Packaging, Test & Electronic Systems newsletters:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling finds the technology focus is much more practical and much more interesting at this year’s Maker Faire gathering.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler examines the after-market car stereo market now that automotive OEMs are pulling premium audio in-house.

Rambus’ Asaf Ashkenazi contends that an unsecured IoT ecosystem introduces real-world risks—and we’re already seeing the consequences.

Marvell’s Nick Ilyadis explains why harnessing the low cost and high bandwidth of Ethernet in autonomous vehicles makes sense.

ClioSoft’s Ranjit Adhikary argues that what works for the software industry does not always work for the semiconductor industry.

Mentor’s Andrew MacLeod observes that billions of dollars in M&A suggests the auto chip market isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Michael (Mac) MacNamara provides a quick overview of three days of activities at DAC and what to plan for.

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling contends the shift toward software-defined hardware is significant, but it’s not enough.

Optimal Plus’ Guy Cortex argues that using actual device performance data is a critical safeguard to ensure quality and profitability.

Technology Editor Jeff Dorsch points to alternatives for buying test instruments.

ARM’s Brian Fuller suggests how to stay productive while driving—even with both hands on the wheel.

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