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Bluetooth Hack for Bad Guys

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Bluetooth. And, to be perfectly honest, it leans a bit more toward the “hate” end of the spectrum. As a consumer using various Bluetooth-enabled devices, I’ve experienced the frustration (shared by many, I’m sure) of flaky and unreliable pairing, mysterious behavior, and general lack of user-friendliness. Much of this is the less-than-optimal design of systems using the standard, but a good chunk of the problem likely lies with Bluetooth itself.

Take a deep breath. Bluetooth has been hacked.</ … Read More → "Bluetooth Hack for Bad Guys"

Thank You for Your Service

“O wad some Power the giftie gie us / To see oursels as ithers see us!” – Robert Burns

We dread calling customer service because we know it’ll be a uniformly bad experience. The customer service “technicians” seem like ill-informed drones reciting canned suggestions in response to predetermined diagnostic questions, with no real idea how to – or incentive to – actually help us solve a problem. 

Customer service and tech support probably aren’t even staffed by the product company’s own employees. As … Read More → "Thank You for Your Service"

How Do We Tackle Chip Security?

Security was huge at this summer’s DAC. By that, I don’t mean that you had to get frisked to get in; I mean that it was a hot topic of discussion. It came together at a luncheon hosted by the Accellera standards body, with further depth in a separate discussion with Accellera. The highest-level take-away would be… that we – and you – have a lot of work to do. The good news is that concrete steps may be underway.

The lunch panel was supposed to be about IP security, … Read More → "How Do We Tackle Chip Security?"

Acceleration Battlefield

The market for accelerating specialized data center workloads is expected to grow dramatically over the next few years. The acceleration market was estimated to be in the two-billion-dollar range in 2018, and it is expected to grow to a staggering $21 billion by 2023 – around a 50% CAGR. This growth is not unexpected. The world is producing data at an exponentially growing rate. Estimates are that something like 90% of all the world’s data has been generated just in the last couple of years. And, in that same “very recent” time frame, AI technology has evolved to the point where … Read More → "Acceleration Battlefield"

Another Fine Mesh

“There is no shame is being ambivalent about almost everything in your life.” – Louis Theroux

Hey, kids, let’s all make something! If your STEM summer camp counselor has got you soldering instead of swimming, chances are you’re building some sort of home-automation appliance. Which means you’re probably hacking hardware, slinging code, and testing network compatibility. Well, Silicon Labs has got just the campfire kit for you. 

It’s called EFR32MG12P, but to its camp friends, it’s Read More → "Another Fine Mesh"

More AI Moves into EDA

Anyone who’s anyone has at least one AI angle working for them. Unwilling to settle for just one angle, Mentor Graphics discussed two angles at this summer’s DAC. As an EDA company, they have two specific opportunities to find value with AI. One is to improve the design tools they provide; the other is to create design tools specifically for AI designs. Very different things (although the latter might be used internally to benefit the former). We’re covering the first today; we’ll look at the second one soon.

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Super-Reliable Inertial Sensors for Smart Cars

“A man with a watch always knows the time. A man with two is never certain” – anonymous

They say you should never go camping without a compass, but don’t ever go with two. Either pack one compass or three, but not two. Because if they ever differ, which one will you believe?  

Aceinna follows a similar strategy with its automotive IMU (Read More → "Super-Reliable Inertial Sensors for Smart Cars"

To the Cloud, Alice!

It’s like Manifest Destiny all over again (hopefully without the dark side). There’s an inexorable move to the cloud for computing – and yet all the pieces aren’t in place yet to make it ridiculously easy to get secure cloud connections. So today we discuss three different stories about moving to the cloud. One is EDA-related; the others apply to automotive and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Rolling Rolling Rolling Your Own

Part of what’s happening is the gradual move from roll-your-own cloud … Read More → "To the Cloud, Alice!"

Driving Down Intelligent Vision

For FPGAs, machine vision represents perhaps the ultimate killer app. First, the video landscape is varied enough that there is no “one size fits all” way to manage the data coming into and out of the compute engine. With so many resolutions, frame rates, encoding standards, and so forth – the permutations are dizzying. So dizzying, in fact, that FPGAs have become a go-to solution for design teams wanting to make any kind of video solution robust and agnostic when it comes to video in and out.

So, since you’ve … Read More → "Driving Down Intelligent Vision"

A Nontechnical Solution to a Technical Problem

“I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.” – David Lee Roth

It’s summertime, and time for a little light reading – of engineering textbooks. 

But what if you can’t read? That is, what if you’re blind, dyslexic, or otherwise not able to access printed material the way most people can? Should that be an impediment to engineering school? How would incoming students study Electrical Engineering 101 if they couldn’t read the books? 

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