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DRAM Price Spikes; Engineering Productivity; Get a Date (Great Reads 9-7-2013)

Comments(0)Filed under: EDA tool vendors, EE Times, EDA tool companies, EDA tools, EDA companies, Brian Fuller, Cadence CEO, engineers, engineering, EDA vendors, EDA software, Fuller View, Endgadget, EDA cloud

There's more to the world than global conflict. Here are some things from our world that caught my eye: 

Sneeze in Wuxi; Catch Cold Globally 

A fire at SK Hynix's Wuxi, China, fab is going to disrupt the DRAM supply chain in the coming months, according to EE Times' Peter Clarke.

He writes:

"The fire happened on Sept. 4 during the installation of equipment and burned for about 90 minutes. One person suffered minor injuries..."

It'll take six months to get the cleanroom back in shape, and meanwhile DRAM spot prices already have surged 20 percent.

Here's the complete story.

Boosting Engineering Productivity

I think we often fail to marvel at how verification carries a much bigger burden today, in the world of system design. Gone (pretty much) are the days when select verification teams were responsible for just portions of a design. Now a system has to be verified in its use context.

Valerio Marra of COSMOL writes on Design News:

"In the last decade, as ever-faster computer hardware spurred software innovations, a new multidisciplinary approach emerged: multiphysics simulation. This approach replaced the artificial segregation of different physics with a single, unified simulation environment that replicates the real behavior of natural systems."

It's a little out of the realm of electronics engineering per se, but it's an intriguing piece nevertheless.

Cloud Formations 

We're paying more attention to cloud computing trends, especially as to how they may affect business models and design methodologies in EDA.

I got Nimbic CEO Raul Camposano's take on the trends this week, and there's more to come in that series.

Now, research firm Gartner says the cloud's big dog at the moment, Amazon Web Services (AWS), is under the gun from competitors such as Microsoft, VMWare, and Google that are targeting markets AWS has neglected.

Here's The Register's version of things.

Gearing Up

Each day we move closer to the Star Trek teleportation technology, don't we? We have jet packs, mobile television sets (er, smartphones), and autonomous vehicles.

Now comes the Dick Tracy watch, courtesy of Samsung.

Samsung this week in Berlin showed off its Galaxy Gear device, which looks just like the cartoon detective's famous watch.

Here's a cool video that shows off the cleverly designed watch:

Engineering Date Tips

One of my favorite engineers in the whole wide world is Todd Sierer, who used to post hilarious YouTube engineering videos when he worked at National Instruments.

He moved on a few years ago to Edmund Optics and is now running the company's Asian marketing operations. Fortunately, his videos are still on YouTube and I still watch them to put a smile on my face. Here's his classic dating tips advice for engineers.  

What Makes a Good Engineer?

 I guess it's this obvious:

what makes a good electrical engineer








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