Blog Review: Sept. 13

Planning an auto IC; LPDDR4; making pacemakers; medical cyber risks; portable stimulus; deep learning.

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Mentor’s Andrew Macleod points to some important things to consider when beginning an automotive IC project and why differentiation, not commoditization, should be the goal.

Synopsys’ Amit Paunikar examines the architecture changes that make LPDDR4 faster while consuming less power.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan shares highlights from CDNLive Boston, from the latest in silicon photonics to how to design a pacemaker.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff looks at what’s behind the growing risk of cyberattacks against healthcare providers and medical devices.

Verification blogger Mark Glasser looks at why Pascal didn’t become a major programming language and warns that problems in the Portable Stimulus standard could lead it to the same fate.

Aldec’s Farhad Fallahlalehzari provides an introduction to Xilinx’s Zynq processing system, its programmable logic, and the design flow for the architecture.

Independent blogger Gaurav Jalan chats with DVCon India keynote speaker Vishal Dhupar about the AI and deep learning revolution and what lies ahead.

Ansys’ Sandeep Sovani relates how CFD was used to improve the design of LED headlight heatsinks.

Lam’s Rick Gottscho considers primary sources of variation in multiple patterning and techniques being developed to address them.

Nvidia’s Abdul Hamid Halabi points to a surge in startups as one sign of how quickly deep learning is entering the healthcare market.

ARM’s Freddi Jeffries considers the combined computing power of all the new Mali GPUs last year.

ON Semi’s Michael DeLuca looks back at the image sensor powering the first DSLR camera.

Writing for Intel, Mary Catherine O’Connor points to yet another use for computer vision: monitoring fishing vessels to discourage illegal and unreported catch.

Synopsys’ Eric Huang checks out what’s new in the upcoming USB 3.2 spec.

In a video, Cadence’s Mengjun Leng explains why and how to compare different deep learning platforms.

Mentor’s Nitin Bhagwath provides a brief primer on the DDR memory bus.

And don’t miss the blogs featured in the latest IoT, Security & Automotive and Packaging, Test & Electronic Systems newsletters:

Editor in Chief Ed Sperling examines a new study that cites cost and security as obstacles to IoT, but points to growing optimism.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler contends that prototypes and mass production are very different.

Rambus’ Asaf Ashkenazi argues that in the rush to enter the smart home market, OEMs are inadvertently creating major security risks.

Marvell’s Jeroen Dorgelo explains why hardware encryption is so important for embedded storage.

Mentor’s Nicolas Williams digs into a mask-forward design flow to incorporate MEMS and electronics on a single die.

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling digs into how and why the concept of subsystems is changing.

Technology Editor Jeff Dorsch questions what will become of the ATE vendor Xcerra.

Calibra’s Jan Willis argues that GPU acceleration opens the door to more accurate mask models.