Security, Safety, and IoT

Tales of the 2014 EELive Conference and Expo

by Amelia Dalton

We stormed the gates. We took no prisoners. Electronic engineering conferences will never be the same. EE Journal scoured this year's EELive Conference and Expo to bring you the the biggest trends, the coolest demonstrations, the best giveaways -- and this is just the beginning. In this week's Fish Fry, my guest is Matt Osminer, Director of Engineering at Cardinal Peak and the presenter of a special presentation at EELive called "Best Management and Technical Practices for Engineering an IoT Product". Michael and I chat about the unique challenges of designing connected products and investigate how (and why) management practices play a big role in designing for IoT. Also this week, I announce my top five highlights of this year's show - including details of Michael Barr's scary Tuesday keynote, some sugary delights at the Fantastical Theatre of Engineering Innovation and more.


Exposed by Tools

The Dark Side of Reporting Features

by Bryon Moyer

Do you like to be watched while you work?

Most people don’t. There’s this fine line between making sure that stakeholders know about your progress on a project and having those stakeholders all up in your business all the time. The latter is micromanagement, and no one likes that.

More and more EDA tools are being provisioned with management and reporting features. These make it easier for you as a designer to let your supervisor or project manager know what you’ve accomplished and what remains – and you spend less time writing up those annoying status reports.


Ray-Tracing Wizard Requires Imagination

New PowerVR GPU Includes Ray-Tracing Hardware

by Jim Turley

Ray tracing is one of those cool things that computer geeks often play with at some point in their careers. I fiddled with ray-tracing software a number of years ago and decided that (a) it was pretty cool technology, and (b) I was no good at it.

If you’re not into graphics, “ray tracing” is a way of producing computer graphics by mathematically calculating how rays of light would actually bounce around a scene if it were real. That is, instead of a graphic artist drawing the scene on his/her computer, you instead model the scene and let physics take its course. Got a desk over here, a few walls over there, and some sunlight coming through the window? Splendid. Let the ray-tracing software take over and it will tell you how the scene appears.


Augmented Reality

A Compelling Mobile Embedded Vision Opportunity

by Tom Wilson, Brian Dipert, Marco Jacobs, Tim Droz

The prior article in this series, "Embedded Vision on Mobile Devices: Opportunities and Challenges," introduced various embedded vision applications that could be implemented on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile electronics systems (Reference 1). In this and future articles, we'll delve into greater implementation detail on each of the previously discussed applications. Specifically, this article will examine the processing requirements for vision-based tracking in AR (augmented reality), along with the ability of mobile platforms to address these requirements. Future planned articles in the series will explore face recognition, gesture interfaces and other applications.

Computer graphics pioneer Ivan Sutherland established the basic concepts of AR as known today in his seminal 1968 paper “A Head-Mounted Three Dimensional Display” (Reference 2). Sutherland wrote, “The fundamental idea is to present the user with a perspective image which changes as he moves.


The Annual EUV Update

No, We’re Not There Yet. Am I Gonna Have to Turn This Thing Around?

by Bryon Moyer

OK, folks, SPIE Advanced Litho happened last month, so it must be time for… wait for it… wait for it… wait for it…

That’s the best clue I can think of.

Still waiting for it? Yup, we are. EUV is the thing we’re awaiting, of course.

So this is the obligatory update on the The Technology that Will Finally Save the Imminent End of Moore’s Law. Which would, of course, be disastrous. Ending Moore’s Law, that is. I mean, what other unifying theme could then be used on all technology presentations everywhere no matter how dissimilar?


High Speed Converters, Nanowires, and our Smarter Life

by Amelia Dalton

This week's Fish Fry is a feast of EE awesomeness but don't just take our word for it. Pull up a chair and dig in! First, we'll whet your appetite with some unique research from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science. We check out how a team of researchers from KAIST hope to stem the tide of counterfeit parts, one silver nanowire fingerprint at a time. Next, we toast the winners of Newark element14's Smarter Life Challenge with Dianne Kibbey (element14). Dianne tells us about the winning projects from this years contest and gives us a tasty sneak peek into element14's next design contest. To finish off this week's episode, we serve up some sweet analog-to-digital conversion with high speed converters. The dinner bell is ringin' - it's time for Fish Fry.

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