System Bits: June 10

SlothBot swings through the trees, slowly A robot that doesn’t often move, spending its days, weeks, months, in the forest canopy, monitoring the local environment – that’s SlothBot, from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The robot has two photovoltaic solar panels for its power source. It is designed to stay in the trees for months at a time. It’s gone through trials on the Geor... » read more

Week in Review: IoT, Security, Auto

Internet of Things Microsoft has new services and capabilities for Azure-connected Internet of Things devices. There’s a new IoT security tool called Azure Security Center for IoT, which ties in with other tools within Azure IoT Hub. Azure Security Center for IoT uses Azure Security Center, Microsoft’s threat intelligence offering. The new IoT security tool also hooks into Azure Sentinel, ... » read more

Week in Review: IoT, Security, Auto

Internet of Things Automotive, health care, manufacturing, and the public sector could be transformed this year by Internet of Things technology, Bob Violino writes. Taqee Khaled, director of strategy at Nerdery, a digital business consultancy, predicts 2019 will see rapid evolution in enterprise IoT pilot initiatives and implementations. "This acceleration is due, in part, to advances in manu... » read more

Blog Review: Oct. 5

Mentor's Michael White explores why established nodes are experiencing such an unexpectedly long lifespan and how that is driving new challenges for designers. Cadence's Ann Keffer checks out the history of Ethernet and how it won the battle to become the dominant network protocol. Is your IoT device fueling a botnet? Vulnerable firmware on internet connected devices was behind one of the... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 5

Fresh from the July 2015 Type-C InterOp Event, where USB engineers wheel a prototype on a cart from hotel room to hotel room, testing interoperability, Synopsys' Morten Christiansen says Type-C has arrived. Mentor's Colin Walls discusses the reasons to tackle embedded software development with a bottom-up approach. In their latest video, Cadence's Kishore Kasamsetty discusses why choose L... » read more

Blog Review: May 20

FinFETs change the equation for power optimization, says Mentor's Vincent Lebars – and while companies are attacking some power gains, there is much more to be had doing datapath optimization within the place and route flow. Cadence's Richard Goering talks with Oz Levia about the future direction of formal and its integration into other product lines now that the merger between Cadence and... » read more

Blog Review: May 6

How do you choose between bulk planar transistors, FinFETs, and FD-SOI? Cadence's Richard Goering got some answers during a session at the Electronic Design Process Symposium. Check out the Q&A in the second part, too. Synopsys' Michael Posner tackles a question about the differences between a prototyping bridge and hybrid prototypes and the limitations each has to solve various kinds of... » read more

Blog Review: Nov. 12

ARM's Eoin McCann provides a primer to software-defined networking, which uses a higher level of abstraction to create a centralized controller. This is a new twist on networking—with a bit of deja vu thrown in. Mentor's Matthew Ballance points to a perfect storm for verification—shrinking features, more layers and more embedded processors. He has some tips for how to deal with all of t... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

Tools Synopsys uncorked the next version of its verification tool, which includes static and formal verification, new debug capabilities, and low-power and X-propagation simulation. The company says the new tool offers up to 5X performance improvement. Cadence rolled out a new version of its verification solution for designs using ARM’s interconnect IP, speeding up verification and analys... » read more

The Week In Review: System-Level Design

Cadence bought TranSwitch’s high-speed interface IP assets. TranSwitch, which made chips for communications equipment, filed for bankruptcy in November. (The company’s Web site is no longer active.) Cadence also won a deal with Microsoft, which will use Tensilica processors in the new Xbox One audio subsystem. And Cadence rolled out HiFi Audio Tunneling for Android, which takes advantage of... » read more

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