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Bob Pease PCB; Secret Smart Watch; ESL Lives! (Great Reads 8-23-2013)

Comments(2)Filed under: Cadence, EDA tool vendors, Electronic Design Automation, EDA tool companies, EDA tools, EDA, EDA companies, Gary Smith, engineers, engineering, design automation, computer processor, Gary Smith EDA, EDA vendors, electronics design, Intel, David Manners, Paul Jacobs, Chris Gammell, Bob PeaseOut in the big wide world, there's continuing turmoil in the Middle East, Mark Zuckerberg wants universal Internet access for all, and watch pitchwoman Maria Sharapova is out of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. But who cares, really? THIS is what matters: 

Bob Pease Tribute

It's arguably the highest praise for a late and legendary analog design engineer.

Boldport has created a PCB in memory of Bob Pease. You have to see it (1:43):



Electronic System Level Design Emerges

That's a big focus this week in the wake of a number of blog posts and one summary webinar on the topic.

First, props to industry analyst Gary Smith, who has been beating the Electronic System Level design (ESL) drum for many years now. Now the EDA guru says the ESL flow is here now. Smith presented a webinar on the topic recently to push the concept along, and my colleague Richard Goering summed it up nicely

The question to you is, are you bought into the program yet? How many ESL concepts have you incorporated in your design today? Have you crafted an ESL flow yet? 

Watch List

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs is an articulate speaker about the future of the electronics industry and, perhaps, a Trojan Horse as well? Jacobs spoke at the Computer History Museum earlier this month about tablets, the industry's history and Moore's Law ("we can see the end from here."). But what got the blogosphere blabbering was what he wore on his wrist: an unidentified smart watch.

Jacobs, at one point in his conversation with museum CEO John Hollar, referenced the watch but then reportedly pulled his sleeve back down over the device.


Moore's Law: Saved by Software

We're perpetually hand-wringing about the future of Moore's Law, and clearly it's running into scaling issues. But Krste Asanovic, a U.C. Berkeley computer science professor, thinks software will come to the rescue.

"We're actually relying on software developers to pick up the slack and come up with more efficient code," he said in an interview with Intel Free Press. Here's the 1:38 interview:

Delivered with a Bow

Europe's got a new system-in-package. According to David Manners with Electronics Weekly, the 9-country, 40-partner ESiP (Efficient Silicon Multi-Chip System-in-Package Integration) project partners completed its system-in-package development.

Here's the complete story. Over at EE Times, Junko Yoshida offers her take on the impact of the development.

Tweets of the Week 


--Brian Fuller

Related stories:

--Coolest System Design—Ever (Great Reads 8-16-2013)

--3D-ICs; Marvelous Memories; EE, Heal Thyself (Great Reads 8-9-2013)  

--Moto X; Noyce Quits; China’s Chromecast (Great Reads 8-2-2013) 


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