“You must unlearn what you have learned.” – Yoda
Learning something new is hard. But un-learning something is even harder. It’s tough to convince people of something they think they already know.
This kōan-like axiom comes into play whenever we design a user interface. A good UI leverages the user’s preconceived notions of how things should work, while avoiding the subtler … Read More → "Ignorance Is Bliss"
In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the world of formal verification. Dave Kelf (OneSpin) joins us to discuss the mechanics of systematic verification and random verification and why automotive and other safety-critical applications may prove to be the most effective use of formal verification yet. We also chat about the themes found at this year’ … Read More → "Driving Toward Functionality"
We all know that cybersecurity, software piracy, and IP theft are becoming bigger and bigger problems in today’s semiconductor industry. But what can we do about it? Dragging our heels and pretending that it’s not a problem isn’t really working out so well, and those cyber thieves are only getting more sophisticated. In this week’s Fish Fry, we welcome Ted Miracco (CEO … Read More → "IP Thieves at the Gate"
“Patents are like fertilizer. If you apply too many… you can leach the land, making growth more difficult.” – Alex Tabarrok
If my tree accidentally lands in your yard, can you drag me to Saudi Arabia to sue me? If you get shortchanged at a Boston coffee shop, can the shopkeeper be punished in Singapore? Do the laws in Botswana limit the time you can park … Read More → "Patent Trolls Take a Hike"
If you have attended the Design Automation Conference in the last couple years, you will know that the scope of this event reaches far beyond your standard EDA tools of years past. Sure, we’re still talking about design automation software, but now there’s a whole slew of IP vendors (and their software compatriots), IC packaging companies, embedded FPGA fabric distributors, and more. This week’ … Read More → "Design Automation for Fun and Profit (But Mostly Fun)"
“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain
Friends, engineers, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come not to bury Itanium, but to praise it.
In case you missed the news – and it was easy to miss – Intel quietly pulled the sheet over the still-warm corpse of Itanium, the company’s fabulously … Read More → "Intel Pulls the Plug on Itanium"