Blog Review: Sept. 11

Dancing USBs; T-shirts; Lua; seeing clearly; job security; verification epic; fly swatting.

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By Ed Sperling
Synopsys’ Eric Huang has unearthed the weirdest USB video ever produced—a dancing USB lighter. The messaging is pretty bizarre, too.

Cadence’s Brian Fuller takes a whirlwind tour of the engineering accomplishments for the week. Check out the T-shirt message. Clearly they’re not talking about semiconductor engineers.

Mentor’s Colin Walls looks at the Lua scripting language, which has been around for a couple decades, although certainly not in plain sight. Most embedded programmers never heard of it—but strangely they know how to use it.

Synopsys’ Navraj Nandra looks at next-generation TVs and the HDMI 2.0 interface that will support it. It will still be the same garbage on TV, but you’ll be able to see it much, much better.

Applied Materials’ Kathryn Ta observes that all the cool new electronic gadgets will require a combination of new materials, advanced process technology and new architectures. Sounds like good job security for engineers. /

Mentor’s Harry Foster is shooting for a record. He rolled out part 12 of his epic on functional verification, this one on schedules and respins. The charts are particularly noteworthy.

Cadence’s Richard Goering looks at programmable memory built-in self-test, which is one of the more intriguing developments in the DFT world. This is like trying to swat a moving fly.