To Err is Human

Holding Technology Accountable

by Kevin Morris

When a Tesla automobile using the new “Autopilot” feature struck a semi trailer resulting in the death of the driver, the inevitable questions began: “Should Tesla disable the feature?”, “Are self-driving cars a good idea?” Of course, the driver was using the feature beyond its recommended envelope. But the incident highlights an interesting quirk of humans. We want to make our own mistakes. When human error - particularly our OWN human error - causes a problem, we are brimming with forgiveness. After all, it could happen to anybody, really. It was a momentary lapse of concentration. We were tired. The kids were acting up. The situation was just too complicated. We were unlucky.

But when the mistake is made by someone else or - most importantly - by our technology, we are suddenly overwhelmed with righteous indignation. How could they have let that happen? What were the engineers thinking? Doesn’t anybody with half a brain DESIGN these things?  Read More


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posted by Bryon Moyer

Time servers allow us to track multiple events from different systems and networks with a consistent time base. But an evildoer can flood such servers with requests, causing crashes. Microsemi has released a new time server that addresses this vulnerability. (13-Jan)

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posted by Kevin Morris

The NY Post reported today that sources told them that an Intel/Altera deal was close, and could be done by the end of next week. At the same time, we are hearing from multiple Altera customers who are opposed to the deal. (28-May)

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posted by Kevin Morris

We did a lot of speculation in our recent articles about the rumored Intel bid to buy Altera. One of the areas of most intense speculation was the 2013 agreement the two companies signed - for Intel to manufacture 14nm FPGAs for Altera. More than two years after that deal was signed, Intel is rumored to be making an offer to buy Altera for upwards (maybe far upwards) of $10B. But, is the existing 2013 agreement potentially weakening Intel’s bargaining position? (4-May)

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Stand (Tall) and Deliver

Posted on 07/22/16 at 6:50 PM by Lord Loh.

Lord Loh.
Did a Co. seriously have a height requirement for employees? I am sure it was a joke.

Or, I would not be surprised if got sued for discrimination...

From Boards to Systems

Posted on 07/21/16 at 7:43 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
And exactly the same problem occurs for FPGA synthesis, place and route software ... and FPGA/EDA companies get it wrong. Including mentor.

The majority of design wins come from Tall/Thin engineers ... the big companies have specialists.

Tall/Thin e…

To Err is Human

Posted on 07/20/16 at 11:44 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
Tesla Claims their technology is safer after a single death in 130M miles, however that is a single period, single event, that does not yield a valid standard deviation with a low margin of error. The next event could kill a dozen people, in less than 20M…

When Galaxies Collide

Posted on 07/19/16 at 2:37 PM by RahRho

Coventor's tool is not a process simulator in the TCAD sense. They themselves have referred to SEMulator3D as a process emulation tool.

http://www.coventor.com/blog/process-simulation-vs-process-emulation-is-semulator3d-really-tcad/

Coventor had a …

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