Insightful Reads – June 2013

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Here are some interesting standards-related articles that have crossed our desktops that we thought were worth sharing. Hope you enjoy!

Quality-of-Life Standards — The “Standard for Health Informatics—Personal Health Device Communication Part 10441: Device Specialization—Cardiovascular Fitness and Activity Monitor” supports interoperable communications among devices that measure both a person’s activity and physiological responses, and compute engines, such as cellphones, computers, and set-top boxes. – from The Institute, by Ania Monaco

What’s The Difference Between JTAG (IEEE 1149.1) And IJTAG (IEEE P1687)? — The JTAG (Joint Test Action Group) standard, known formally as IEEE 1149.1 boundary-scan, has been widely used for testing printed-circuit boards (PCBs) and integrated circuits (ICs) since at least 1990. The JTAG control port, called the test-access port (TAP), not only controls the boundary-scan logic and tests, it also has been used in a variety of ad-hoc manners to access embedded instruments such as built-in self-test (BIST) engines, complex I/O characterization, and embedded timing instruments. To standardize the protocols used to test, access, and control the growing use of embedded instruments, the industry is in the process of creating a new Internal JTAG, or IJTAG (IEEE P1687), standard. This article will detail the differences between the IEEE 1149.1 JTAG standard and the updated IEEE P1687 IJTAG standard. – from Electronic Design, by Martin Keim

Technologies Improve Quality of Life — As people live longer, the number of those with disabilities will rise significantly. About 15 percent of the world’s population today lives with some form of disability, up from 10 percent in the 1970s, according to the World Health Organization. Many disabled people are hard-pressed to do such household chores as cleaning and cooking or even simply moving around. But innovative technologies are being developed to help, and IEEE members are at the forefront of these efforts. – from The Institute, by Ania Monaco