Blog Review: Oct. 4

Type-C Alternate Mode; emulation & SSDs; state of IoT; 5G & fog computing; UVM basics.

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Synopsys’ Prishkrit Abrol digs into how USB Type-C Alternate Mode allows MHL, DisplayPort, HDMI, and Thunderbolt over cable.

Mentor’s Paul Morrison dives into how hardware emulation can help verify the complexities of new storage devices.

Cadence’s Madhavi Rao listens in as Somshubhro Pal Choudhury of Bharat Innovations describes the IoT stack, hype cycle, and why it’s happening now.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff argues that 5G and fog computing will enable computation to migrate towards the edges of the network, improving the ability to analyze large amounts of data for IoT and mobile devices.

Aldec’s Vatsal Choksi provides an introduction to the basics of UVM with a look at the most essential features that create the base of the UVM structure.

NXP’s Davina Verges and industry experts note that for autonomous vehicles to be accepted, designers will need to consider the role how it interacts with societal values.

Ansys’ Jason Bommer takes on a project teaching engineering simulation to high school students.

A Lam Research writer notes several examples of how social robots are already interacting with people around the world.

ARM’s Rob Coombs provides six mobile security practices worth using in IoT devices.

Intel’s Marjorie Dickman details a new set of IoT policy recommendations for the U.S. government, including standardization, cooperation with consortia, and defining what IoT means for consumer and industrial segments.

Mentor’s Ricardo Anguiano warns of the complications software brings to the automotive industry.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan listens in as Google’s Jeff Dean explains why AI and neural nets are finally seeing major adoption and what it needs for the future.

Synopsys’ Eric Huang explains USB Power Delivery and how power supplies and devices exchange information to charge safely.

For more reading, check out the featured blogs from last week’s System-Level Design newsletter:

Editor in Chief Ed Sperling points to new and potentially huge opportunities for EDA.

Cadence’s Frank Schirrmeister examines what’s next for system integration.

Mentor’s Progyna Khondkar shows how to use Liberty libraries to accumulate cell-level attributes and power down functions.

Synopsys’ Tom De Schutter explains why putting together LEGOs is like building an SoC.

Aldec’s Radek Nawrot digs into PLDs for low-power devices and how to optimize them.

ARM’s Jason Andrews details how to use the same software images for virtual and FPGA prototyping.

eSilicon’s Mike Gianfagna looks at an intensive training program for finFET ASIC design.

OneSpin’s McKenzie Ross points a spotlight on formal and functional safety at DVCon Europe.

Technology Editor Brian Bailey asks whether the Accellera Portable Stimulus Standard is ready to be released.

XtremeEDA’s Neil Johnson argues that if we keep putting generically reusable on the box, all we’re doing is selling our colleagues a generically reusable piece of garbage.