Blog Review: Mar. 7

New in LPDDR5; explaining FEC; IoT security standardization; embedded vision; CFIUS changes.


Synopsys’ Amit Paunikar and Shaily Khare take a look at new features in LPDDR5, from improved data bandwidth and Deep Sleep Mode to WCK clock.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan dives into forward error correction, a technique for automatically correcting errors in transmitted network data, with a look at why it’s important and how it works.

In his latest embedded software video, Mentor’s Colin Walls explains inlining C/C++ functions, how it may benefit code execution, and what the downsides may be.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff checks out NIST’s Draft Report on International IoT Cybersecurity Standardization about potential risks of unsecured consumer IoT components to the wider network, plus looks at the security-as-as-service model.

Ansys’ Mike Bak dives into structural analysis of PCBs and how to assess their ability to survive vibratory load environments from model creation through to evaluating component integrity based on the results of random vibration analysis.

Aldec’s Farhad Fallahlalehzari takes a look at some of the important embedded vision applications for ADAS along with how to implement driver drowsiness detection with FPGAs.

SEMI’s Jay Chittooran argues that an effort to change how CFIUS operates—the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is the body that reviews sales and transfers of U.S. companies to foreign entities—could create new problems for the semi industry.

Verification blogger Gaurav Jalan presents a concise explanation of what Accellera’s Portable Stimulus Standard hopes to achieve.

Lithography blogger Chris Mack finishes up his overview of this year’s SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium. Check out the blogs on day three, two, and one for an example of the conference’s dominant themes.

Arm’s Rob Coombs examines what IoT can learn from smartphones with four main security pillars, plus how the company’s Platform Security Architecture (PSA) plans to address them.

GlobalFoundries’ Gary Patton posits that strong demand for semiconductors isn’t just part of a normal cycle, but is instead driving by the opening of new horizons like IoT and 5G.

Nvidia’s Jamie Beckett points to research on how AI can help fight mosquito-borne illnesses like malaria and dengue based on recordings of captured mosquitoes and wearable devices around the world.

Cadence’s Meera Collier looks at the issues in transitioning to autonomous cars when a sizeable percentage of those on the road have a driver and no car-to-car communications.

Synopsys’ Saurabh Kumar Singhal outlines the new features of MIPI CSI-2 v2.1 interface between camera and host processor, including dropped frame synchronization and generic 8-bit long packet data types.

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

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling argues that the lack of news about security breaches doesn’t mean the problem is solved.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler looks beyond the obvious technical changes to what self-driving vehicles mean to society.

ClioSoft’s Ranjit Adhikary observes that building IP to rigorous safety standards is tough, but so is handling all the data required to meet them.

Achronix’s Alok Sanghavi explains why hard-wired physical security is a necessity for edge devices.

Flex Logix’s Geoff Tate shows how early adopters approach integrating a new technology.

Mentor’s Scot Morrison contends that connecting millions of devices will require overcoming some major obstacles.

Synopsys’ Gordon Cooper points to a dedicated CNN engine as the difference between meeting a design’s power budget or missing it.

Rambus’ Bart Stevens digs into whether side-channel countermeasures are effective based upon Test Vector Leakage Assessment.

Editor in Chief Ed Sperling contends that uncertainty about new applications, coupled with splintering markets, will redefine how chips are developed and sold.

Technology Editor Jeff Dorsch looks at the aftermath of a failed acquisition after CFIUS quashed a sale to China.

National Instruments’ Gent Paparisto, Joel Kirshman and David Vye dig into the next wireless standard, including how it differs from 4G LTE and why it matters.

Advantest’s Judy Davies explains why, from energy harvesting to prosthetics, semiconductor technologies have the potential to improve the human condition.

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