Blog Review: May 6

Making choices in transistors and prototyping; in-car desires; EUV and SoCs; Internet of Dogs; ordering the usual; Win10 embraces sensors; utilizing NOAA’s data.


How do you choose between bulk planar transistors, FinFETs, and FD-SOI? Cadence’s Richard Goering got some answers during a session at the Electronic Design Process Symposium. Check out the Q&A in the second part, too.

Synopsys’ Michael Posner tackles a question about the differences between a prototyping bridge and hybrid prototypes and the limitations each has to solve various kinds of verification task. One of them is the hands down winner.

With explosive growth forecasted for vehicle consumer connectivity systems in the next five years, Mentor’s John Day takes a look at which apps today’s car shoppers seek in their new ride. And while music streaming is often a must-have, auto makers shouldn’t ditch AM/FM radios and CD players just yet.

ARM’s Greg Yeric highlights his keynote presentation at the SPIE EUV conference. Rather than concentrating on pitch and wafers per second, he looked at how lithography affects power, performance, area, and cost and highlights some of the important second order considerations.

If your pet is ready for the Internet of Dogs, there’s now a connected collar to aid in training, tracking, and keeping tabs on the furry family. And if you don’t have a pup to clean up fallen scraps, there’s a dustbin that will do it instead in Ansys’ Justin Nescott’s top five tech picks of the week.

“The usual” is not just what you order at your favorite diner, says NXP’s Roman Budek. While wireless beaconing will let a connected home serve up each person’s particular preference, the next challenge may be mediating individual settings.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff digs into how Microsoft embraced the IoT sensor explosion with a universal driver set and an API that factors in as-yet-unthought-of sensors, giving those novel sensors a better chance of gaining foothold in the market.

I regularly check NOAA’s website for the weather report, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does a lot more than the daily forecast. With more than 20 terabytes of environmental data collected from satellites per day, the White House’s Maia Hansen and Alan Steremberg are asking the private sector to engage in a massive Big Data endeavor.

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