VW at CES – a Mea Culpa and a Bid for Redemption

VW at CES – a Mea Culpa and a Bid for Redemption
by Bernard Murphy on 01-10-2016 at 12:00 pm

There must be few less enviable jobs right now than Chairman and CEO of VW. Image RemovedAccording to Dr. Herbert Diess who has that dubious honor, the VW board debated whether they should attend CES this year and decided that on balance it was better to be visible, face the music and present their technology progress and visions than… Read More


My Choice for Coolest Thing from CES 2016 (Day 1)

My Choice for Coolest Thing from CES 2016 (Day 1)
by Bernard Murphy on 01-06-2016 at 4:00 pm

I’ll admit up-front I’m cheating. I’m writing this from the comfort of my home office Image Removedwithout having to go anywhere near the CES madness (I was there last year; 170,000 people packed into the center of Las Vegas, block-wrapping lines to get taxis, never again). I’m relying instead on the Wired preview of the first… Read More


More Medical Tech –Smart Bandages for Wound Management

More Medical Tech –Smart Bandages for Wound Management
by Bernard Murphy on 01-06-2016 at 12:00 pm

I have a bias (as you may have noticed) for solutions in a domain that take advantage of Image Removedtechnology but are developed within that domain. A recently example is intelligent bandages, developed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard, Purdue and several other research centers. The purpose of such a bandage is to… Read More


A System Spin on IoT Security

A System Spin on IoT Security
by Bernard Murphy on 01-04-2016 at 4:00 pm

A lot of progress has been made in infrastructure to secure edge nodes in the IoT and to Image Removedsecure communications between edge nodes and gateways, all of which is good and necessary to block manifest evil, but it’s never enough. Perfect security is and always will be an asymptotic goal, so there should always be room for … Read More


How Not To Be Incoherent

How Not To Be Incoherent
by Bernard Murphy on 01-01-2016 at 7:00 am

The advantage of working with cache memory is the great boost in performance you canImage Removed get from working with a local high-speed copy of chunks of data from main memory. The downside is that you are messing with a copy; if another processor happens to be working in a similar area, there is a danger you can get out of sync when… Read More


Lighting Up The Cloud

Lighting Up The Cloud
by Bernard Murphy on 12-30-2015 at 7:00 am

In our rush to imagine a world populated with IoT devices, tech advances at the top endImage Removed of this ecosystem (the cloud) don’t seem to get much airtime. But this isn’t because they are limited to modest refinements. As one example, there is active technology development in connectivity around fiber-based communications… Read More


Auto Introspection

Auto Introspection
by Bernard Murphy on 12-20-2015 at 4:00 pm

It is an indictment of our irrationality that our cars are now more health-conscious than we Image Removedare. Increasingly safety-conscious readings of the ISO26262 standard now encourage that safety-critical electronics (anti-lock braking control for example) automatically self-test, not just at power-on but repeatedly… Read More


What’s Driving Real Medical Tech

What’s Driving Real Medical Tech
by Bernard Murphy on 12-17-2015 at 12:00 pm

I just watched a webinar on non-invasive bio-imaging as a way to detect and track disease, which Image Removedgave me a sense of the way tech progresses in the medical field and makes for a positive counterpoint to my views on medical IoT, at least as envisioned in much of our industry. The webinar, on new approaches to in-vivo imaging… Read More


Palladium Moves Power (and Temperature) Modeling to the System Level

Palladium Moves Power (and Temperature) Modeling to the System Level
by Bernard Murphy on 12-13-2015 at 12:00 pm

I had a debate with Steve Carlson of Cadence earlier in the year at the EDPS conference Image Removedon whether there were really any truly effective solutions for doing power estimation in emulation. I thought there weren’t and he said I was wrong. After attending the Cadence front-end summit last week, I have to admit he has a point.… Read More


Powering the IoT – Wishful Thinking versus Reality

Powering the IoT – Wishful Thinking versus Reality
by Bernard Murphy on 12-11-2015 at 12:00 pm

There’s a lot of discussion these days on IoT applications, architectures, communication, Image Removedsecurity and more, all very good stuff, but little debate on how these devices will be powered. If you can plug them in, this maybe isn’t an issue (though we may need to think about increased demand on our overstrained power generation… Read More