Blog Review: Sept. 20

Hacking MEMS; SAS 24G; TSMC roadmap; AXI; IoT in retail; evolving firewalls.

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Mentor’s Jeff Miller warns that MEMS accelerometers are vulnerable to takeover using specially constructed sound waves, as demonstrated in a new paper.

Synopsys’ Pooja Gupta and Srinivas Vijayaragavan explain some major technology updates in SAS 24G with a look at Binary primitives, Extended Binary primitives and primitive parameters.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan shares highlights from TSMC’s process roadmap update and what to look forward to in the mobile, HPC, and IoT segments.

Aldec’s Farhad Fallahlalehzari digs into AXI and how it’s used as the interconnect between the processing unit and programmable logic in Xilinx’s Zynq architecture.

Arm’s James De Vile looks at IoT adoption in the retail and consumer goods sector and finds more companies are actively planning customer-facing implementations.

Intel’s Ron Wilson examines how firewalls have evolved to address new threats and what the latest developments mean for edge security.

Marvell’s Yaron Zimmerman argues that port extenders offer flexibility and cost advantages when upgrading data center infrastructure.

In a video, VLSIresearch’s G. Dan Hutcheson discusses trends in mask making with D2S CEO Aki Fujimura.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff notes that proximity mobile payment transactions are on the rise in the U.S., set to total $49.29 billion in 2017.

Sondrel’s Andrew Miles takes a look at the security of four common household RF devices.

Ansys’ John Graham considers how CFD can help build a better smoker grill.

Cadence’s Madhavi Rao listens in as Qualcomm’s Venugopal Puvvada discusses the rise of machine learning and why 5G is necessary for mission-critical services.

Mentor’s Nitin Bhagwath explains the DDR data bus, the three types of signals, and options for when more memory is required.

Synopsys’ Sean Safarpour points to a growing interest in formal verification in Asia and the process by which it’s adopted by companies.

For more good reading, check out the blogs featured in last week’s Low Power-High Performance newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling contends that power and performance will continue to improve, but not necessarily because everything is smaller.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler finds the U.S. government is taking its own approach to heterogeneous integration.

Helic’s Magdy Abadir explains what electromagnetic crosstalk is all about and how to deal with it.

Synopsys’ Richard Solomon digs into a new I/O specification and how it will benefit high-performance applications.

Mentor’s Ben Whitehead and Paul Morrison show why verification of complex SSD controllers needs to happen earlier and with more flexibility.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff looks at what’s behind a sales spike in NVDIMM.

Cadence’s Thomas Wong questions why there is suddenly so much interest in automotive chips.

NetSpeed’s Rajesh Ramanujam argues that the race to autonomous cars is a relay, not a sprint.

Ansys’ Anusha Prakash explains how to reduce the effects of heat while minimizing finFET design time.