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.  Read More

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October 27, 2016

Xilinx Addresses Rigorous Security Demands at Fifth Annual Working Group for Broad Range of Applications

October 26, 2016

Mouser Electronics Gives Customers New Ways to Find Products Easier and Faster on Mouser.com

Synopsys Custom Compiler Certified for Samsung's 10-nm Process Technology

Machine Learning Veterans Launch 'Element AI' – A Montreal Based Artificial Intelligence Startup Factory

UltraSoC enhances support for ARM with industry first AMBA 5 CHI NoC monitor

October 24, 2016

Synopsys' Galaxy Design Platform Enables Superior Low-Power Designs on Samsung's 10-nm Process Technology

Pentek Introduces New Portable, Rugged Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Recorder

Cadence Reference Flow with Digital and Signoff Tools Certified on Samsung’s 10nm Process Technology

October 21, 2016

PRO DESIGN Expands FPGA Prototyping Portfolio with High-Speed proFPGA Virtex® UltraScale™ based FPGA Modules

October 20, 2016

Mentor Graphics Integrates its Questa Verification Solution with Jenkins Ecosystem Enabling Maximum Regression Speed

October 19, 2016

Orange Tree announces Gigabit Ethernet FPGA module with TCP/IP Offload Engine

October 18, 2016

EMA Puts SiliconExpert Part Insight into the OrCAD Design Environment Reducing Supply Chain Risk

October 17, 2016

Baidu Adopts Xilinx to Accelerate Machine Learning Applications in the Data Center

October 13, 2016

Synopsys Releases LucidShape CAA V5 Based Beta Version for Automotive Lighting Simulations

October 12, 2016

Avnet Releases Zynq Transceiver Evaluation Kit Globally

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Editors' Blog

A More Secure Time Server

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)

QuickLogic Goes Full SoC for Sensors

posted by Bryon Moyer

QuickLogic has announced a new device that builds on ArcticLink, intended to act as the always-on manager for phones and wearables. (30-Jul)

Rumors Intel Altera Deal is Close

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)

Intel/Altera Agreement (Partially) Tells the Tale

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)

Intel Altera Deal Off?

posted by Kevin Morris

Multiple financial news sources are reporting today that talks between Intel and Altera have ended... (9-Apr)

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Cyberwarfare and Cyber Whack-a-Mole

Posted on 10/27/16 at 1:34 PM by TotallyLost

As for the IoT devices that became part of the BOT nets, it was not coding errors that allowed access.

It was sales, marketing, and engineering specifications for the product that did not include strict security as a "must have" requirement. As a resul…

Cyberwarfare and Cyber Whack-a-Mole

Posted on 10/27/16 at 12:54 PM by TotallyLost

@Dick - please provide references to back up your assertion that released product software "Among the contributory factors, in his view, are: general acceptance of poor quality software (where there is typically one error in every 30 lines of code)"


Is Your Design Process Secure?

Posted on 10/26/16 at 8:43 PM by TotallyLost

Hopefully there will be some significant class action lawsuits, that put these idiots out of business, and firmly plant a legal line in the sand that establishes either get security right, and stand behind it ... or get the h*** out of town (this industry…

Is Your Design Process Secure?

Posted on 10/26/16 at 8:35 PM by TotallyLost

I've been very vocal about just how big a mistake IoT security is likely to be.

This week, just a very small part of that nightmare reared it's head.



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