Blog Review: Sept. 21

Preventing pile-ups; codecs and compression; ditching 3.5mm jacks; IoT and security; STEM education; memory and data centers.

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Mentor’s Ricardo Anguiano takes a look at a proposal to prevent auto accidents from becoming pile-ups: the relaying of hazard information to the cloud and on to upcoming vehicles.

Why get rid of 3.5mm audio jacks? Synopsys’ Michael Posner says it’s all about the power optimization in the upcoming USB Type-C digital audio specification.

NXP’s Anand Kannan also thinks Type-C should be the dominant audio port, citing increased sound quality and communication between devices.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan digs into codecs, compression, and Netflix’s influence on how internet video is transmitted.

In the rush to bring the IoT to consumers, security and privacy are often overlooked. Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff advocates for a new paradigm to provide secure foundations for connected devices.

The Indian transport minister wants to test the Hyperloop, in this week’s top tech picks from Ansys’ Tom Smithyman. Plus, the first robot-assisted eye surgery and how Senegal is promoting women’s STEM education.

A STEM-focused education alone is not sufficient cultivate a diverse tech workforce, contends Applied’s Julie Lata – students must have a solid background in reading and writing, as well.

Altera’s Ron Wilson investigates two big things that are taking data centers by storm: neural networks and the disintegrating boundary between storage and memory.

In his latest video, Mentor’s Colin Walls considers the possibilities for software in multicore embedded designs.

Synopsys’ Joe Jarzombek lays out the new requirements for supply chain management and software testing for those selling to US Government organizations.

Cadence’s Daniel Bayer provides some tips on how to gain verification coding efficiency with modern software development tools.

NXP’s Michael Edwards considers the benefits of government service integration and looks at secure authentication as a way to reduce security risks.

ARM’s Stephanie Usher presents highlights from a recent webinar, including how attacks on devices are becoming more sophisticated and the impact on security solutions.

Plus, Cadence’s Paul McLellan peeks into the wide world of proposed Ethernet standards.