Blog Review: Nov. 7

HDMI scrambling; the trolley problem; monitoring PDNs.


Arm’s Shidhartha Das looks into maximizing the benefits of power delivery networks and explains a non-intrusive technique using an on-chip digital storage oscilloscope that can directly sample the power-rails to probe potential runtime bugs due to power delivery weaknesses.

Synopsys’ Snigdha Dua argues that scrambling is one of the most important features introduced in HDMI 2.0 and takes a look at how it works to reduce electromagnetic and RF interference.

Cadence’s Meera Collier considers the moral implications of the choices autonomous cars will need to make and points to an MIT project that aims to gather people’s views on various Trolley Problem scenarios.

Mentor’s Colin Walls follows up on his latest USB 3 embedded software webinar with answers to questions on things from bandwidth to power consumption.

SEMI’s Maria Vetrano shares highlights from the recent MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress, where the need for sensor makers to get involved in cybersecurity and efforts to shorten the MEMS product cycle were key themes.

Verification blogger Gaurav Jalan chats with Qualcomm’s Srini Maddali about the new challenges in verification of complex SoCs and some of the techniques that can help.

ANSYS’ Gilles Gallée points to how simulation and VR are being used to cover some of the 8 billion miles of testing needed to get autonomous vehicles ready for the consumer market.

Silicon Labs’ Kevin Smith digs into clock trees with a noisy source and the reasons for adding a jitter attenuator and its impact on clock tree jitter estimation.

Intel’s David Hoffman proposes a new, comprehensive privacy law in the U.S. and is seeking input on the latest draft.

Nvidia’s Tony Kontzer checks out a project that uses AI and drones to prevent commercial shipping vessels from striking and injuring endangered whales.

And be sure to check out the blogs featured in the latest IoT, Security & Automotive and Packaging, Test & Materials newsletters:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling finds growing confusion as AI is used in more ways and applications.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler points to self-driving technology that is already being rolled out in stages.

Synopsys’ Melissa Kirschner explores features that make one-time programmable memories ideal for a range of IoT devices.

Marvell’s Maen Suleiman and Gorka Garcia examine the different technologies needed to park a car.

Mentor’s Dirk Vogel looks at car-to-charger communication and why that makes charging away from home a simpler process.

Arm’s Udi Maor digs into the complex regulatory requirements and time required to make security solutions certifiable.

Flex Logix’s Geoff Tate drills into neural inferencing architectures.

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling explains why a trade war isn’t all bad for the semiconductor materials market.

Advantest’s Judy Davies examines what happens when people begin interacting with machines.

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