Blog Review: Feb. 10

Hybrid planes; thermal as the new power; simulating sky lanterns; Type-C prototype; US government’s cybersecurity plan; drone navigation; thermal resistance.

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You could be flying on a hybrid plane that uses hydrogen fuel cells in the future, and might even be able to hear the loudspeaker announcements while waiting for the flight, in this week’s top tech picks from Ansys’ Justin Nescott. Plus, smart soccer balls.

Thermal is the new power, argues Cadence’s Paul McLellan, and when it comes to SoCs treating thermal analysis as an afterthought is no longer adequate.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Mentor’s Robin Bornoff investigates the aerodynamics of sky lantern through both experimentation and simulation.

Synopsys’ Michael Posner and Morten Christiansen present a short video of the DesignWare USB Type-C physical prototype in action.

The White House’s Greg Shannon and Tim Polk dig into the recently revealed Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Plan.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff takes a look at recent advances in drone navigation and height detection when coming in for a landing.

NXP’s Christopher Hill returns to his series on determining Tj from Tcase with the concept of thermal resistance.

Cadence’s Christine Young covers a recent talk by Dr. Ren Wu of NovuMind on some history and new developments for neural network computing.

If you’re on the fence about attending DVCon (or even if you are going), Mentor’s Dennis Brophy has some highlights to check out.

And for more conference news, ARM’s Philippe Bressy takes a look at what the company will be up to at Embedded World in Nuremberg.

Rambus’ David G. Stork gives a personal remembrance of artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky.

Plus, check out the blogs featured in last week’s IoT & Security newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling observes that experimentation is growing as non-traditional companies and traffic set up shop in close proximity.

Technology Editor Ernest Worthman finds direct marketers are using hiddenware to figure out what we’re thinking.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutscher predicts more verification requirements for anything that touches a hybrid vehicle.

Kilopass’ Jen-Tai Hsu contends that embedded memory with high security will be essential for connected vehicles in his blog.

Mentor Graphics’ Jeff Miller notes that analog, digital, RF and MEMS all need to work together.