Blog Review: Nov. 5

Auto safety and security; NASA’s partners; FPGA pyramid; zombie-proof housing; games in China; processor choices; IoT economics.


Cadence’s Brian Fuller zeroes in on ISO 26262, the automotive safety standard that’s supposed to guard against nightmare failures in your car. Hopefully it works.

They won’t protect against cyber terrorism, though. Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff takes a look at the challenges of connected vehicles.

Mentor’s J. Van Domelen looks at NASA’s increased reliance on commercial partners, which has not been entirely successful.

Synopsys’ Mick Posner has come up with a three-phase approach to successful FPGA prototyping. Like all good business plans, this one is an inverted pyramid.

Ansys’ Justin Nescott reviews the top five engineering articles for the week. Check out the new LED lightbulb. It looks far more like a standard bulb than ever before. There’s also a zombie-proof house for people who take that kind of stuff seriously—very seriously.

Gaming is now big business in China. ARM’s Alan Chuang has the pictures to prove it.

NXP’s Laurent Dardé taps into the buzz over near-field communications and sheds some light on some unusual features, like only one device has to be powered on for it to work.

Cadence’s Richard Goering captures the tradeoffs for IoT and mobile design over what gets done on chip and what gets done in the cloud. This is a tough issue, and there are no simple answers.

Ansys’ Sudhir Sharma looks at product design in the IoT economy—and why mistakes will be much more costly.

ARM’s Eric Gowland walks through a movie vision demo based on Android’s RenderScript computation framework. How does your world look in red?

Cadence’s Steve Carlson examines the growing pain for mixed signal verification and what’s available to help reduce it.

How fast can you grow a mustache? ARM’s Brad Nemire raises that question for a good cause.

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