Blog Review: Aug. 3

Talking about cars; smartphone landscape; Type-C authentication; blimp-bots; quantum computing; medical data security; V2X; car infotainment.

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Mentor’s Andrew Macleod presents three hours of highlights from this year’s IESF automotive conference in Detroit with topics from making cars more affordable to reaching an efficiency of 54.5 MPG.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan checks out the state of the smartphone landscape now that consolidation in the market seems to be complete at the Linley Mobile Conference.

Synopsys’ Eric Huang considers how USB Type-C and the USB Authentication Specification to certify chargers as genuine, and hopefully improve safety. Plus, moth facts.

In this week’s top tech picks, Ansys’ Bill Vandermark highlights efforts to improve access to digital financial services as part of the global fight against poverty. Plus, using tiny robots to repair blimps and the first US offshore wind farm.

The White House’s Altaf H. Carim, William T. Polk, and Erin Szulman report on challenges, opportunities, and the path forward in quantum and high-performance computing.

ARM’s Karthik Ranjan digs into the difficulties of securing the medical and health data generated by wearables as it travels from the sensor to the phone and up to the cloud.

NXP’s Birgit Ahlborn chats with Werner Pfliegl and Franz Schober of Siemens about what it will take to get Vehicle-to-X technology on the road.

GlobalFoundries’ Ian Williams looks to the future of in-vehicle infotainment, a market that is expected to reach $33.8 billion by 2022.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff considers the perception of being watched by cameras from HAL 9000 to webcams, and whether a different way to monitor activity is warranted.

In a new video, Cadence’s Chris Rowen describes how to use processor clusters to implement neural networks, leading to increased accuracy.

Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi takes a look at the White House’s new threat scale aimed at improving coordination among government agencies when cybersecurity incidents occur.

Plus, check out the blogs featured in last week’s System-Level Design newsletter:

Editor in Chief Ed Sperling predicts China and other big players will wait until the price of borrowed capital increases before making big moves.

Technology Editor Brian Bailey contends EDA has been underpaid for so long that the necessary levels of investment have not been made in tools designers need today.

Cadence’s Frank Schirrmeister considers the value of models in software development and architectural analysis.

Synopsys’ Pat Sheridan examines how background power consumption impacts the energy efficiency of an SoC.

OneSpin’s Dave Kelf finds practical experience and new techniques in abundance at the recent TVS formal event.

NetSpeed Systems’ Rajesh Ramanujam explains how HG Wells’ observations apply to dynamic workloads in SoC applications.

Mentor Graphics’ Paul Musto digs into AMS design challenges with high-speed analysis.

ARM’s Matt Sealey drills down into how to improve the control flow and data management when writing and observing code.

Aldec’s Krzysztof Szczur discusses why it’s no longer necessary to choose between emulation and prototyping.