Blog Review: July 20

The changing memory landscape; teaching neural nets with traffic signs; timing and embedded systems; secure C; a microscopic microscope; RISC-V.


Applied’s Er-Xuan Ping addresses the challenges facing materials and processing in a changing memory landscape, and the opportunities that may arise.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan looks at teaching neural networks to perceive things more like humans do, through German traffic signs.

Mentor’s Colin Walls digs into managing timing and peripherals in embedded systems.

Synopsys’ Robert Vamosi chats with Nelson Tam about developing secure code in C and the impact of MISRA on the automotive and medical industries.

The world’s first microscopic microscope features in this week’s top tech picks from Ansys’ Justin Nescott. Plus, burnt toast insulation and a sci-fi bicycle design.

Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff takes a look at SiFive, the startup working to develop and sell chips based on the open source RISC-V architecture.

ARM’s Freddi Jeffries sees Pokémon Go as a sign that augmented reality has the potential to go mainstream much faster than VR.

Participants in the Mexico City Marathon will be wearing smart shirts, which NXP’s Adrian Rosas says could lead to both swifter medical attention and new marketing opportunities.

And don’t forget the blogs featured in last week’s Low Power-High Performance newsletter:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling observes that discussions are shifting to what can be done with technology, not how to improve it.

Executive Editor Ann Steffora Mutschler contends that getting power right makes the designer’s job much more interesting.

Ansys’ Karthik Srinivasan points to a number of challenges facing the power management IC market and how to deal with them.

Cadence’s Christine Young examines advances in brain/machine interfaces and new ways to look inside the brain.

Mentor Graphics’ Ahmed Eisawy and On Semi’s Andrew Talan dig into verifying chips that must survive harsh environments.

ARM’s Brian Fuller argues that as IoT becomes more successful, hacking it will become increasingly attractive.

Synopsys’ Eric Huang sheds some light on which flavor of USB should be used when designing an IoT SoC.

Independent power architect Barry Pangrle zeroes in on the Olympics of supercomputers.

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