Blog Review: March 15

What DRC needs; DisplayPort and Type-C; RTOS and power; emerging MEMS; ransomware grows.

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Cadence’s Christen Decoin looks back at the changes in design rule checking and asks, with growing design sizes and rule complexity, has DRC run out of steam?

Synopsys’ Eric Huang provides some background on DisplayPort and its integration with the USB Type-C connector.

In his latest video, Mentor’s Colin Walls investigates the relationship between the choice of operating system and the power consumption of an embedded system.

From fingerprint sensors to MEMS-based LIDAR, Applied’s Mike Rosa looks ahead to an emerging class of MEMS devices.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff warns that the number of ransomware families increased by a whopping 752% in 2016, with spam ranked the top infection vector.

Marvell’s George Hervey checks out the role port extenders play in ensuring data centers keep up with the growing demands of cloud compute and storage.

If you’re at Embedded World this week, NI’s Rahman Jamal has three trends to watch out for.

Ansys’ Thierry Marchal considers three key aspects to using computer models of a human being in medical treatment.

ARM’s Jason Andrews provides a tutorial on using ARM DS-5 Development Studio with custom Fast Model systems.

March 14 has passed, but a Lam Research staff writer finds some additional days to celebrate pi.

From Mobile World Congress, Cadence’s Paul McLellan shares some not-so-rosy views on the future of the mobile industry.

An SSD controller is a complex embedded system, and Mentor’s Richard Pugh points out five must-have capabilities for any SSD verification solution.

And if you missed last week’s Low Power-High Performance newsletter, check out these featured blogs:

Editor in Chief Ed Sperling argues that stopping governments from listening to your conversations at home will require much more power-hungry and sophisticated devices.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler examines the often-forgotten antenna, and why it is now the center of attention.

Rambus’ Bill Fuller observes that high-bandwidth memory is gaining significant traction, but poses unique challenges for PHY, chip and subsystem design.

Teklatech’s Tobias Bjerregaard contends that power integrity optimization no longer can be a reactive step in the backend process.

Synopsys’ Morten Christiansen shows how USB headsets can be power-competitive with analog and displace the 3.5mm jack.

Mentor Graphics’ Russell Klein digs into a tricky power problem with a practical example of debugging.

ARM’s Antonio Russo explains why running trace and in-field debug through I/O is long overdue.