From our perspective [this situation] gives us more breathing room to be clever about
design. Most people run to the current process node as fast as they can. That's going to
change. Instead of running to the next node, you will come up with new architectures and
circuit designs, and that will create more opportunities on the design side, bringing more
value to a company like Broadcom.
Qualcomm vs. Broadcom: Race on China’s BeiDou Nav System
China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system has become the biggest bone of contention in the
Qualcomm vs. Broadcom competition to deliver more accurate positioning information to mobile devices.
Qualcomm announced late last month its support for the BeiDou constellation within Qualcomm IZat
location solutions. The San Diego-based company revealed its collaboration with Samsung to launch
the first wave of BeiDou-enhanced consumer smartphones.
As many as 11.5 million small-cell base stations could be deployed by 2018, up from just
168,000 today, according to a status report from the Small Cell Forum. The trade group gave
the update and released guidelines on using the systems in businesses as part of a regular meeting in Dallas today.
Small-cell base stations are seen as an inexpensive way to add capacity quickly to cellular
networks swamped with mobile data from the rise of smartphones and tablets.
Which is More Important -- Technology or Marketing?
Some people argue that the key for start-up is marketing, aka, searching for product-market
fit, while other people argue the key is really making good product. All you need to do is make a great product.
This reminds me of a joke about the military. When the general asks a solider what is important
in army, the solider doesn't say combat training or better weapon, but he said "women". Why?
Because there is no women in the army. The moral of this story is people tend to think what they
don't have is important.
MIPI, which stands for Mobile Industry Processor Interface, was originally conceived as a
low-power interface intended to interconnect functional units (e.g., camera sensors and displays) within handsets.
This has led to an interesting dilemma. Since MIPI as an interface was never intended to
serve non-mobile applications, interfacing to FPGAs was never made a priority. This makes
perfect sense, since the majority of FPGAs are not well-suited for use in high-volume mobile
devices. On the other hand, FPGAs are quite common in medical, industrial, and automotive applications.
The end result is that the lure of using low-cost MIPI-enabled devices and the need to connect them to
FPGAs has forced designers to look for bridging solutions.
Raytheon, GrammaTech team on U.S. malware prevention effort
“Mobile phones, network routers, computer workstations and other networked devices
can be secretly modified to function in unintended ways or spy on users”.
Companies have been tasked with developing tools and techniques to enable
organizations to inspect the software and firmware that exist inside such network-enabled
devices and protect them from attack.
Raytheon BBN Technologies plans to develop techniques that enable analysts to prioritize
elements of software and firmware to examine for hidden malicious functionality. GrammaTech
plans to develop the tools that actually examine the software and firmware to allow analysts
to demonstrate that they do not have exploitable security vulnerabilities.
Weighing Risk Against ROI in the Face of DDoS Threats
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are not limited to a single season.
Hackers motivated by money, idealism or competitive edge do not hang up their tools on
December 26, nor do they give their targets a pass 11 months out of the year. Bringing
down websites is a year-round endeavor. So why do so many businesses bolster their
DDoS mitigation efforts around the holidays and then pull them down along with the
tinsel and holly? Certainly, DDoS attacks pose a particularly strong threat...
Putting your digital assets in the cloud is safer than keeping them in your datacenter.
However, moving your digital assets to the cloud also makes nearly all of your existing
security investments irrelevant.
Security executives routinely have to make tough decisions about which risks to mitigate, which to
avoid or transfer and which to accept. Your security budget has its limits. You have a finite amount
of cash to spend on people and technologies to keep your business’ risk to an acceptable level, so
you have to make your decisions wisely.
Making these decisions and presenting them to company leadership requires a thorough understanding
of the impact of the risk, knowledge of available safeguards and sometimes the guts to make a tough
call. The goal of this article is to arm you with an approach to help guide you in these difficult risk decisions.
Embedded Processor Selection Using FPGA-based Profiling Fadi Obeidat* and Robert H. Klenke**
* Intel Corporation, Austin, TX, USA
** Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, USA
In embedded systems, modeling the performance of off-the-shelf processors is very important to
enable the designer to estimate the capability of each candidate processor against the target
application. Considering the large number of available embedded processors, the need has increased
for building an infrastructure by which it is possible to estimate the performance of a given
application on a certain processor with a minimum of time and resources. This paper presents
the use a Xilinx MicroBlaze softcore processor ...
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