Blog Review: Oct. 1

LP software; 3D printing in space; unexpected answers; ARM cores; anger management; education; innovation; time to market


Cadence’s Richard Goering writes about a pair of IEEE working groups that are focused on standardizing ways to lower power of software and firmware. The importance of this effort is huge.

Mentor’s J. VanDomelen looks at the use of 3D printers in outer space. This is a new chapter in manufacturing custom parts in extreme environments.

Synopsys’ Mick Posner gets an unexpected answer to a routine question while visiting a customer. It might be a good time to short the customer’s stock.

ARM’s Steve Steele looks at OpenCL, a language that supports programming across heterogeneous platforms, including a new single-instruction/multiple-data (SIMD) architecture.

Cadence’s Brian Fuller digs into ARM’s new processor cores and how they balance performance and power.

Mentor’s Nazita Saye hits the roof over a popular blog pointing to engineering fields that are dead or dying. So why is there such low unemployment in EDA?

And in case you missed last week’s System-Level Design newsletter, here are some noteworthy blogs:

Technology Editor Brian Bailey points out that education is the main limiting factor for growth of EDA.

Mentor’s Jon McDonald observes that hardware and software engineers often lack visibility into the impact of their decisions on system power consumption.

Synopsys’ Tom De Schutter finds three primary use cases where hybrid approaches provide significant benefits.

Sonics’ Randy Smith argues that hardware designers need to look at Agile software development to see what can be applied.

Cadence’s Frank Schirrmeister notes that lots of innovation will be required across multiple ecosystems, keeping us busy (and employed) for years to come.

eSilicon’s Mike Gianfagna reports that schedule and time to market topped the business challenges in a new survey, while complexity and performance topped the technical challenges.

Open-Silicon’s Swamy Irrinki writes that new methodologies and approaches are needed to speed up the process.

Arteris’ Kurt Shuler notes that migrating from mobility into new markets means dealing with new issues such as reliability, security and QoS.

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