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Less Pessimism, Please

POCV is the Latest Salvo in Improving Timing Analysis Accuracy

by Bryon Moyer

When I was a teen, I remember someone coming to help my Dad plan a big move of some piece of equipment on our orchard. What struck me was how this guy could pre-visualize all the various scenarios and then consider the consequences and, in particular, all the things that could possibly go wrong for the different cases.

I was pretty impressed. It seemed like such thorough analytical capabilities were a skill and a gift. Over time, however, I’ve noticed that such an ability isn’t always appreciated. Because most of the world likes to assume best-case conditions, the “value add” of the more thorough approach is to point out that there are potential negative consequences too. Which makes you Mr. Negative. The pessimist. Always there to dash cold water on a hot idea. Doesn’t matter if you’re right.  Read More


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I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 6:24 PM by Lord Loh.

Lord Loh.
What is a counterfeit FTDI chip? USB to serial chips are generic. So are these chips that have their VID set to FTDI? And what exactly was being counterfeit? Was it just malefic labelling a generic USB to serial devices as FTDI and using their VID?

If …

Let’s Get This Party Kickstarted

Posted on 10/30/14 at 3:23 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
I saw a presentation today at the Touch Gesture Motion conference by a company called Tactonics where the speaker asserted that most crowdfunding efforts aren't in fact about raising funds - they could get the funds in other ways.

Instead, they're simp…

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 3:17 PM by Jim Turley

Jim Turley
> I just hope they made sure that the end users knew what went wrong.

Okay, but *how* will end users know what went wrong?

For example, my wife's FitBit stopped working a few weeks ago. Was it because of a counterfeit USB chip, or was it just a coi…

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 1:36 AM by Noam

Well done FTDI. I just hope they made sure that the end users knew what went wrong.

End users who bought a device claimed to be legitimate, should ask/sue the seller for a replacement or money-back since the end product is faulty.
The seller should al…

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/29/14 at 11:10 AM by dougwithau

I also feel FTDI did no wrong here.
Really they were lucky they could tell the difference between their chip and the counterfeits, and could disable them.
Far worse are counterfeits that identify themselves as larger or better memories, but really are …

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/29/14 at 10:47 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
As long as things continue to work, then people can sell counterfits and make a huge profit, as long as they continue to work.

I think FTDI did the right thing ... I think every vendor that has that ability should do it.

There is NOTHING better to s…

Sights on Systems

Posted on 10/28/14 at 1:15 PM by kevin

kevin
What does your team use to coordinate multi-board system designs? How do you make sure that changes to one board are propagated correctly to other affected boards? How do you partition your system into multiple boards in the first place?

Constraining Light

Posted on 10/27/14 at 10:23 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Are you designing parts of a photonic chip? What do you think about the state of design tools?

Let’s Get This Party Kickstarted

Posted on 10/24/14 at 12:25 PM by kevin

kevin
I've also heard of cases where being over-funded turned out to be a curse. The project team under-estimated the cost of their widget, and ended up having a slight loss on each of their units for their Kickstarter supporters.

Since they got dramatically…

Grabbing Keys Out of Thin Air

Posted on 10/22/14 at 4:00 PM by steverino

There is a long history of security solutions getting better as security flaws are publicised.

What is to keep someone from implementing an unecessary set of 32 bit wide parity registers for a lot of sensitive data. Even if you can see power signatures…

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