Up in the Air
Apple's iPad Air became available this week, the latest in
the big consumer company's tablet lineup. And our friends at iFixit have already
broken theirs - for our benefit.
Rick Merritt at EE Times reports the device packs a faster
A7 microprocessor (believed by Chipworks
via its teardown to be 1.4GHz compared with 1.3GHz in earlier Apple tablets).
Merritt, referencing iFixit, writes:
the biggest change in the iPad Air is the use of a significantly smaller
battery to get to the tablet's thinner size and lower weight. The Air's 3.73V,
32.9 WHr, two-cell battery replaces the previous iPad's 43 WHr, three-cell
behemoth, iFixit noted."
A barge floating in San Francisco Bay has tongues wagging. CNET Editor Daniel Terdiman, employing some classic Reporting 101 digging, first reported on the mystery early in the week. His take was that the mystery box was to be a floating data center or warehouse for Google glass (see CNET photo, right).
Late in the week, the San Jose Mercury News surmised that it might be a floating showroom for Google X projects.
The mystery continues.
What do you think?
Or do you even care?
Upsetting news earlier this week reported by John Cooley
via Lori-Kate Smith: Gary Smith, the legendary EDA analyst, was rushed to the
hospital with lung issues late last week.
As of Halloween, Gary was reportedly about to be discharged
home with antibiotics and some oxygen as he works to get his lungs back into
shape. Gary had a bout with cancer several years ago; the radiation during that
time reduced his lung capacity, according to Lori-Kate.
Looking forward to seeing his jovial self ASAP and perhaps
getting him back for another episode of Unhinged! In Episode #2, Gary talks
turkey about EDA (no surprise there!).
Get well, Gary!
Just imagine portable devices or clothing that could harvest
energy from vibration or some other manner. (I've always thought heated
clothing for extremely cold climes is a perfect application).
That what the folks at Intel Labs are thinking as well, as
reported by our friends at Intel Free
Research scientist Alanson Sample captures the hope in this
beautiful quote: "I think solving the power problem will create the illusion of magical
Sample goes on to say:
"Some of the devices that I create are kind of
like cold-blooded animals - when it's cold they don't move, when it's warm,
they do. When a device doesn't have much power, it may only be able
to send a packet once every couple seconds, but when there's more power it has
more functionality; maybe it can tell you location, temperature, velocity or
even stream audio or video. It's all dependent on how much power it has."
out this great story on the Intel Free Press site. (BTW, I had lunch this week with Managing Editor Benjamin Tomkins and
founding editor Bill Calder. Theirs is one of the most interesting and
pioneering sites for electronics journalism today).
The era of ubiquitous and complex IP integration is in full
swing, but often design teams end up using older verification methodologies to
Hao Wen and Jianhong Chen
of Spreadtrum and Dave Huang of Cadence, writing
in Chip Design Magazine, describe a systematic approach to tackle the
challenge and improve verification efficiency. They discuss a verification
environment that they created with the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM).
Connecting with the Connected
you design with ARM-and that would be a lot of you!-then you've probably tapped
into the worldwide ARM Connected
Community for help and insight. ARM this week relaunched the community on
the Jive platform, making a great place for technical conversation even better.
don't take my word for it. I caught up with our old Cadence colleague Joe
Hupcey (now a product marketing director at Jasper Design) at ARM TechCon to
chat about the new community's benefits:
a reason we can never have enough verification. We have an innate human desire
to know for certain that our designs are bullet proof. And often it's to make
them as safe as possible.
Toyota lost a U.S. court case in a fatal accident involving unintended
Times' Junko Yoshida reports that a report used during the trial found, among
other things, software bugs that caused memory corruption as well as
unmaintainable code complexity.
out her complete
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