Blog Review: Oct. 7

Backing up the brain; battle of the bulbs; Ethernet & HDDs; New York Maker Faire; Turing in biology; privacy by design; DVD burner microsupercapacitors; improvements in resist sensitivity & EUV.


Ansys’ Sunil Nakum takes a look at backing up the brain and concludes that we would need to keep following Moore’s Law for a long time given the current approaches and leave several questions unanswered.

There is a battle brewing between high-efficiency LED lighting and vintage-style Edison bulbs. With the latest lighting fad, Mentor’s John McMillan asks, is style and nostalgia beating high-tech efficiency?

What does Ethernet have to do with HDDs? More than you might think, says Cadence’s Arthur Marris, with an update from the latest IEEE 802.3 meeting, plus progress on automotive Ethernet standards.

ARM’s Mark Woods was clearly impressed with a number of developments at the New York Maker Faire and was wowed by the promise of being able to print clothes while traveling – a business traveler’s dream come true.

While Turing is a well-known name for mathematics and cryptography, Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff turns his attention to some of Turing’s chemical and biological work and the biological process that causes an organism to develop its shape.

Companies need to prevent security breeches from the start, but how can that be achieved? In a video for NXP, Ann Cavoukian of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University has some ideas.

Ansys’ Bill Vandermark publishes his top 5 engineering articles for the week including a look at microsupercapacitors being developed at UCLA that can be made with a DVD burner.

Plus, technology editor Katherine Derbyshire addresses what improvements in resist sensitivity mean for EUV’s commercial viability.