Blog Review: Sept. 4

Bug bounties; chiplet chips; reducing neural net requirements.


Synopsys’ Taylor Armerding checks out Apple’s newly expanded bug bounty program, with bounty payouts are increasing to compete with malicious actors, and why even with security-oriented development the practice of bug bounties will remain needed.

Mentor’s Colin Walls shares a few more embedded software tips, this time on external variables, delay loops in real time systems, and meaningful parameter names.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan notes the large number of new chips presented by many companies at Hot Chips that utilize chiplets and advanced packaging techniques.

Arm’s Matthew Mattina looks at reducing the memory requirements of advanced neural networks using quantization, where weights and activations are stored in a lower bit width format to reduce overall storage requirements.

ANSYS’ Chris Montgomery points out that warranty expense can eat up 1% to 2% of the total revenue for consumer electronics and what to do to reduce warranty cost and protect reputation.

A Rambus writer highlights DARPA’s new Automatic Implementation of Secure Silicon (AISS) program, which aims to develop a design tool and IP ecosystem to enable security to be inexpensively incorporated into chip designs with minimal effort and expertise.

Lam Research’s Tina Correia takes a look at highlights from the recent Flash Memory Summit including the value of data, 3D scaling, and new architectures.

SEMI’s Emmy Yi chats with Stefano Zanella of TDK InvenSense about the market trends driving automotive manufacturers to increase the variety and volume of MEMS sensors in cars.

Nvidia’s Melody Tu points to how researchers are using deep learning to protect Taiwan’s endangered leopard cat, the only remaining native wild cat species on the island, by keeping them away from roadsides.

For a change from reading, watch some of the latest videos:

An inside look at Manufacturing Printed Sensors and the unique properties and uses of this technology.

Why In-Memory Computing is so interesting today and what it really entails.

How Process Window Optimization deals with variation, and interactions between various types of variation.

How to boost performance in network interface cards with Smart NiCs.

Using Compression For High-Bandwidth Video to achieve better performance with no loss in quality.

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