Cyberwarfare and Cyber Whack-a-Mole

Are the Aggressors Going to Win, and Who Wears the White Hat?

by Dick Selwood

Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz, the Prussian general who also was a theoretical thinker, wrote, "War is a mere continuation of politics by other means." What exactly he meant by this is the subject of serious debate. Today, however, we are seeing another "continuation of politics by other means", as cyber attacks are moving from data gathering and financial fraud and theft by criminals to attacks on physical systems, including elements of national infrastructures by nation states or organisations closely linked to nation states – in short, cyberwarfare


Being and Nothingness

ARM’s Cortex-M23 and -M33 Battle Intel’s E3900 for IoT Supremacy

by Jim Turley

The two companies could not be more different, nor their announcements more similar.

On the same day, Intel and ARM both announced new processors for IoT applications. In Barcelona, the California-based chip giant took the wraps off of the new Intel Atom E3900 microprocessor chip, while halfway around the world in Santa Clara, British-based ARM rolled out its new Cortex-M23 and -M33 designs.


Tackling System Design

Mentor Xpedition Multi-Board

by Kevin Morris

What is a system? Each of us probably has a different definition. Many of us probably have more than one. Even though the term “System on Chip (SoC)” has been popular for years, we all know deep in our hearts that SoCs are not really systems. Systems are, well, bigger. After all, chips, including SoCs, always go on boards or in modules. Does that make a board a system? Well, most of our end products consist of more than one board, plus some mechanical elements like enclosures, actuators, sensors, displays, and other stuff - all connected to those boards by cabling. Then, of course, some systems are actually combinations of a variety of such boxes - interconnected by various means, including wirelessly.


Analog Circuit and Model Exploration

Two Tools for Vetting and Optimizing

by Bryon Moyer

Call it a new age of exploration. You’ve got a design to do – an analog one in particular – and you’ve got to come up with circuits that perform and that yield across the range of both operating environment and process variations.

You need to figure out whose process to use, for one thing. You may have a long-term relationship going with this foundry or that, but… wouldn’t it be nice to know what you’re missing (if anything) in those other foundries?


Industrial, My Dear Watson

Wind River and IBM’s Watson Tackle Industrial IoT

by Amelia Dalton

What do Wind River, IBM’s Watson, and Industrial IoT have in common? This week’s Fish Fry of course! My guest Dinyar Dastoor (Wind River) and I investigate the ingenious intersection between IBM’s Watson and Wind River’s VxWorks in the world of Industrial IoT. We also discuss what edge-to-cloud recipes are all about and why security, safety, and virtualization are vital to the IIoT landscape.


Ethics and Horizontal Integration

Engineering in an Age of Denial

by Kevin Morris

“Obviously bad people could use this to…” The presenter paused, and didn’t finish his sentence. The audience was left to fill in the obvious gap, completing the phrase for themselves. The presenter wanted to cast light on the positive potential of the technology, while at least making a “full disclosure” nod to the possibility of misuse.

It’s a common theme these days, as technological progress steams full speed into an era with both amazing and terrifying potential. If you want to envision a Star-Trekkian utopia, there’s plenty of evidence to support you. If you prefer to forecast a late-coming “1984,” there’s lots of fodder for that as well. Anyone with a modicum of vision can see both the half-full and the half-empty potential of the vectors of modern progress.

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