Blog Review: April 6

Wall of ice; cars, cars, and more cars; UFS gains momentum; IoT power and security; finding Heartbleed.


A wall of underground ice is being built to contain contaminated water runoff from the Fukushima nuclear power plant and Swedish researchers want to make windowpanes out of wood, in this week’s top tech picks from Ansys’ Justin Nescott. Plus, if you’re concerned about being spied on by aliens, there’s a way the earth could hide.

Mentor’s Andrew Macleod digs into the problems of centralizing the processing power in cars, and the tradeoffs between ECU consolidation for autonomous-driving functions and the greater weight and cost of additional cabling to make it possible.

Autonomous vehicles could be pivotal to a more sustainable world, but industry must step up to self-regulate for safety and reliability, said Jim Hogan in a recent talk. Cadence’s Christine Young has the highlights.

Creating more eco-friendly cars goes beyond just building electric vehicles, says NXP’s Tom Zemites, from a renewable-powered grid to cleaner factories to electrified powertrains.

UFS is gaining momentum, and Synopsys’ Hezi Saar highlights improvements over eMMC and looks to the future of removable UFS cards.

The IoT isn’t going to happen if we have be continually changing batteries, argues a recent presentation at Bluetooth World. ARM’s Brian Fuller listens in for why it’s necessary to optimize power-constrained devices and effectively use energy-harvesting systems.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff looks the IoT’s growing pains when it comes to security, with an explosion in the number of devices resulting in bugs being created far faster than they’re being fixed.

Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi chats with Rauli Kaksonen on how the OpenSSL vulnerability Heartbleed was found two years ago.