Blog Review: Oct. 29

Tractor beams; bandwidth vs. power; stacked memory; hybrids; driver assistance; firecrackers; pressure loss; cores vs. bits; legal persistence.

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Ansys’ Bill Vandermark uncovers the top engineering articles for the week. Check out the tractor beam in Australia that can push and pull objects and Naim’s soundbar that may act like a gateway drug to bankruptcy.

It may sound counterintuitive, but ARM’s Jakub Lamik draws a direct link between bandwidth consumption and power consumption and explains that’s the case.

Samsung’s Farhad Tabrizi predicted in his MemCon keynote that TSVs and high-bandwidth memory will transform DRAMs. Cadence’s Richard Goering was there to capture it and add his perspective.

Synopsys’ Mick Posner has found some new hybrids, from prototypes to large cats. What’s wrong with the picture?

Mentor’s John Day takes a look at Ford’s new driver assist system, which can help drivers avoid pedestrians as well as rear-end collisions. This kind of technology is long overdue.

Ansys’ Todd McDevitt details what makes sustainable model-based systems engineering initiatives successful.

Cadence’s Brian Fuller looks at more cores versus more address space in a MemCon speech by Mike Demler. Guess which one has a bigger future.

Independent verification blogger Gaurav Jalan finds a connection between strings of firecrackers and semiconductor verification. In drought-stricken California, where firecrackers are illegal, we’ll have to take his word for it.

Mentor’s Don Miller digs into a different side of energy efficiency—how to deal with pressure loss and non-replicable results caused primarily by black-box design.

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

Technology Editor Brian Bailey examines a case that spanned two continents, eight companies and 26 years—and it still won’t go away.

Cadence’s Frank Schirrmeister points to a future that is multi-platform, with natural human input and realistic output.

Mentor Graphics’ Jon McDonald applies Sun Tzu’s Art of War principles to system-level modeling.

Open-Silicon’s Jeff Scott finds die reuse only improves costs when the dies are actually re-used.

And eSilicon’s Mike Gianfagna finds that real-time quoting for semiconductor transactions is hitting a nerve.