The Great Auto Race Goes Internal


Carmakers have discovered a new competitive threat, and it's coming from within their own supply chain. In the past, OEMs leveraged their suppliers to compete against other OEMs, often tapping the same Tier 1 players as their competitors because there was enough differentiation in acceleration time, braking distance, cabin amenities and price to create distinctive brands. Porsche is known fo... » read more

Securing Data In Motion With MACsec


For end-to-end security of data, it must be secured both when “at rest” (processed or stored in a connected device) and when it is “in motion” (communicated between connected devices). For data at rest, a hardware root of trust anchored in silicon provides that foundation upon which all data and device security is built. For example, the security of applications builds on an uncompromis... » read more

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Importance Of Remote Patient Monitoring Technologies


During a pandemic like COVID-19, healthcare resources in hard-hit areas are under extreme stress. As a result, patients with chronic conditions are having to postpone certain treatments. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6 in 10 American adults live with at least one chronic disease and 4 in 10 adults have two or more. Conditions such as heart disease, canc... » read more

Increasing eFPGA Adoption Will Shape eFPGA Features/Benefits


eFPGA adoption is accelerating. eFPGA is now available from multiple suppliers for multiple foundries and on nodes including 180nm, 40nm, 28nm, 22nm, 16nm, 12nm and 7nm. There are double-digit chips proven in silicon by multiple customers for multiple applications. And many more in fab, in design and in planning. The three main applications are: Integration of existing FPGA chips int... » read more

Simulation-driven EV Battery Pack Design And Manufacturing In The Decade Of Vehicle Electrification


In the last decade, the electric vehicle (EV) industry has grown tremendously from just few offerings to today, when every automaker is working to electrify its vehicle portfolio. A lion’s share of this growth can be attributed to the advancements in lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology. Since 2010, Li-ion battery costs have come down by 87% [1] and energy density has tripled [2]. Automake... » read more

A New EDA Paradigm Emerges In Computational Software


Cadence has a new white paper out on Computational Software. I've written on these topics before, most recently in the posts: Computational Software System Analysis: Computational Software at Scale To set the scene, here is the abstract from the white paper: Electronics technology is evolving rapidly, becoming pervasive in our lives. There are more smartphones in use than there a... » read more

Optimizing Embedded Narrowband IoT Modem Solutions To Meet IoT Connectivity Challenges


As the concept of the internet-of-things (IoT) was taking shape, the communications industry started addressing the anticipated need to connect these “billions of IoT devices” (Figure 1). Since these devices are meant to address low-cost, low-power (battery operated) applications, cellular technology trends to increase bandwidth – driven largely by mobile phones – needed to be revisite... » read more

3 Ways To Improve Design Collaboration


In my experience, design engineers are zealous folks who want to extract every ounce of performance out of their design. They continue to make incremental changes to the design until the very end, as close to tape out as possible. Each change made to the design requires corresponding changes to be implemented in the layout. If you are a design engineer, how do you answer this question from y... » read more

Lane Departure Warnings For The Auto Industry


The automotive chip market is undergoing a series of subtle but significant shifts behind the scenes that could have major implications for the global automotive supply chain. After a few years of racing toward autonomous vehicles and setting in motion a frenzy of activity, some of the big auto makers have begun taking the design of key functions such as centralized logic in-house. There... » read more

The IoT Of COVID-19


Data from the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile devices is providing a surprising view on the COVID-19 pandemic. Like an invisible hurricane churning over us, the pandemic’s effects are huge, but the tiny virus that causes it is very difficult to see directly. Data can save lives. Early detection, isolating those who are positive, contact tracing and isolating those who had contact are k... » read more

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