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Toyota Case: Vehicle Testing Confirms Fatal Flaws
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10/31/2013   68 comments
With gag orders, code reviews locked in windowless rooms, and a car attached to a dynamometer, Bookout v Toyota had enough engineering intrigue to make a good thriller. But what the experts found was serious stuff. Here's how they showed the defects that cause unintended acceleration.
Power Week in Review: Wireless EV Charging, E-Field Flame Shaping & Si Supercap
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10/31/2013   5 comments
This week we've seen progress in developing a silicon supercap, an electric field technology that controls flame shape for reduced-emission combustion, the results of a study on wireless charging of electric vehicles and more.
Test & Measurement on EDN, October 2013
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10/31/2013   Post a comment
Here's a roundup of technical articles on test and measurement that appeared on EDN in October 2013.
Qualcomm Buys Arteris Tech, Team
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10/31/2013   11 comments
Arteris says it will continue to license, support, and enhance its on-chip networking technology even though Qualcomm now owns the IP and the design team.
Uncle Sam Puts Out IoT Challenge
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10/31/2013   39 comments
The US has kicked off a challenge to build and operate multiple test beds to show what can be done and what's lacking in the Internet of Things.
Spreadtrum Sees Opening for Single-Core Chipset
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10/30/2013   5 comments
Spreadtrum Communications announced this week that the company's single-core WCDMA/HSPA+ smartphone chipset, dubbed SC7710, is now in mass production.
Toyota Case: Inside Camry’s Electronic Control Module
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10/30/2013   45 comments
In many recent Toyota cases, one nagging question recurs: If software bugs are in the system, why have millions of owners never experienced unintended acceleration? The trial transcript explains the complexity.
Sensor Hubs Arrive for Android
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10/30/2013   5 comments
Turnkey sensor fusion, gesture recognition, and context-aware functions are performed by Hillcrest's first sensor hub (SH-1), which come pre-integrated with Atmel's SAM D20 ARM Cortex M0+ based microcontroller.
HP Preps 64-Bit ARM Server for 2014
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10/29/2013   8 comments
Hewlett-Packard is running 64-bit ARM servers based on Applied Micro's XGene, and it aims to ship them next year.
Toyota Trial: Transcript Reveals 'Task X' Clues
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10/29/2013   37 comments
Expert witness Michael Barr said he’s not allowed to talk about specifics on Task X. However, the trial transcript offers ample clues about what it does.
SK Hynix Licenses BeSang's 3D IC
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10/29/2013   8 comments
Besang's 3D IC technology finds a home at SK Hynix, which has licensed it for undisclosed future chips – probably 3D DRAM that is 100-times denser than stacked die.
Industry View: Addressing Datacom Memory Pain Points
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10/29/2013   Post a comment
Memoir leverages memory access patterns to serve the needs of terabit computing
ARM Drives Mali GPU to New High
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10/29/2013   9 comments
ARM announced two new Mali mobile GPU cores, the T760, which it claims outperforms archrival Imagination, and the T720 for middle-market devices.
UNH-IOL, Telebyte Open G.Vector Test Lab
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10/29/2013   2 comments
A first-of-its kind lab offers interoperability and performance testing services.
Cisco Re-Org Exemplifies Rise of IoT
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10/29/2013   3 comments
Cisco created a new business unit and investment fund for the Internet of Things, an example of increasing corporate attention on IoT.
Intel Makes 14nm ARM for Altera
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10/29/2013   17 comments
In a case of strange bedfellows, Intel will make next year 14nm versions of Altera FPGAs using 64-bit ARMv8 cores.
Samsung Courts Apple, Google Developers
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10/28/2013   10 comments
At a developer's conference attracting 1,300 registrants, Samsung rolled out a swath of new APIs for its smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.
Free Webinar: Fundamentals of PCB Design
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10/28/2013   6 comments
If you are wanting to learn about the fundamentals of PCB design and you've not seen this course, then you are missing out.
Wearable Display Goes 1 Step Beyond Google Glass
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10/28/2013   8 comments
The i-Air Touch glasses from Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute go one step beyond Google Glass by tracking hand movements to enable touch-activated interaction with a virtual display.
Is ARM Adopting Microsoft Model?
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10/28/2013   5 comments
XMOS Semiconductor has signed a deal to use ARM-based chips from Silicon Labs alongside its own deterministic multicore silicon in a single package.
Vicarious AI Passes Turing Test
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10/28/2013   11 comments
Vicarious's artificial intelligence is as smart as a human for the Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart – CAPTCHA.
DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge Offers $2 Million Purse
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10/25/2013   8 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency offers a $2 million prize to the smartest cyberdefense system that can sense and defeat cyberattacks in real-time.
China & Automotive Steady Freescale's Q3 Growth
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10/25/2013   6 comments
Automotive demand and wireless infrastructure building in China is helping to buoy Freelance's Q3 results.
Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed
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10/25/2013   107 comments
Could bad code kill a person? It apparently did. The Bookout v Toyota Motor Corp. case, which blamed sudden acceleration in a Toyota Camry for a wrongful death, touches the issue directly.
Rambus Pursues Disposable PicoCam
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10/25/2013   8 comments
New diffraction gratings promise ultra-low-cost, tiny, disposable imagers for a broad range of applications, said a Rambus researcher.
Acceleration Case: Jury Finds Toyota Liable
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10/24/2013   43 comments
A jury finds that Toyota's electronic throttle control system caused the sudden acceleration of a 2005 Camry in a 2007 accident that killed one woman and seriously injured another on an Oklahoma highway off-ramp.
Lattice Always-On Sensor Solutions for Context-Aware Mobile Devices
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10/24/2013   3 comments
New iCE40 FPGAs slash power consumption by 100x and are so small they can fit almost anywhere to make always-on, context-aware sensor integration a reality.
Oklahoma Jury to Deliberate Toyota Acceleration Case
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10/24/2013   9 comments
The focus of the Toyota case in Oklahoma is on software and electronics used in the electronic throttle control, rather than the entanglement of the accelerator pedal with a floor mat, which Toyota previously cited as the cause of accidents.
Come Home, Bill & Dave
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10/24/2013   11 comments
The new test-and-measurement company should pay homage to the names Hewlett and Packard.
Power Week in Review: EV Body Panel Batteries, V2G Forecast & More
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10/24/2013   7 comments
This week, technology that turns a car body into a battery, forecasts for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and UPS/backup batteries, a single IC for intelligent USB charging from a vehicle battery, and a Quick Charge 2.0 reference design.
IBM Grabs ARM for ASICs
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10/24/2013   9 comments
Signaling a shift from the PowerPC, Big Blue will use ARM Cortex and Mali cores for a range of router, switch, set-top box and other customer ASICs.
Mentor to Bring Virtualization to Automotive Designers
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10/24/2013   16 comments
The need to run a growing number of operating systems, applications, and tasks safely on the same ECU inside cars has gotten practically everyone in the automotive food chain talking about hypervisors.
Perlmutter, 34-Year Veteran, to Leave Intel
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10/23/2013   13 comments
Once considered a candidate for the CEO job, Dadi Perlmutter has decided to leave Intel on Feb. 20.
3D Memory Gets a Boost
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10/23/2013   9 comments
Imec talks about its technology to improve the performance of vertical memory.
Intel Capital Injects $65 Million Into 16 Startups
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10/23/2013   8 comments
Intel Capital announced a $65 million investment in 16 startup companies from nine countries.
Synthetic Biology Ramps Semiconductors
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10/23/2013   13 comments
The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) launched its Semiconductor Synthetic Biology (SemiSynBio) program which aims to meld biology with electronics in hybrid bio-semiconductor systems.
ARM Unveils New Architecture for Automotive
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10/23/2013   17 comments
ARM has unveiled new real-time microprocessor architecture featuring a hardware-assisted virtualization mode. Nvidia is likely to be among the first to license the new architecture.
Apple Slims iPad With Power-Efficient 64-Bit A7
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10/22/2013   26 comments
The 64-bit A7 is the real star of Apple's announcements today, giving the iPad Air and Mini their lightness of being.
Oracle Laser Lights Way to Silicon Photonics
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10/22/2013   18 comments
Oracle is working on a low-power laser that it hopes will drive the next-generation silicon photonics needed for high-end servers.
Altera & Enpirion: Great Things Have Arrived
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10/22/2013   7 comments
As wonderful as today's high-end FPGAs undoubtedly are, it cannot be denied that their power requirements are becoming ever-more complex.
ARM Snags New Customers in Record Quarter
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10/22/2013   12 comments
With 48 licensing deals closed in its third quarter, ARM reported sales up 26 percent and profits up 36 percent, year-over-year.
Meticom: Bridging FPGAs & MIPI-Enabled Devices
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10/22/2013   Post a comment
MIPI was originally intended for mobile applications, so interfacing to FPGAs was not a priority, but MIPI is now found in medical, industrial, and automotive applications, as are FPGAs.
Violin Tunes Memory Array Platform to Speed Up Microsoft Apps
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10/22/2013   1 comment
Both data and applications have direct access to persistent memory to reduce latency and improve throughput.
Nokia Guns for 6-Inch Phablets
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10/22/2013   16 comments
Nokia showed off its first tablet (10-inch screen) and two six-inch screen 'phablets' at the company's annual event in Abu Dhabi.
Unbounded Robotics Unveils Co-Robot
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10/22/2013   5 comments
Unbounded Robotics' first model is designed for researchers and businesses looking for a mobile platform that is designed to perform human-scale tasks.
China's SMIC Responds to Soaring 3D IC Market
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10/21/2013   5 comments
To capture the rapidly growing thru-silicon-via technology-based stacked device market, China Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. has formed an R&D and manufacturing center dedicated to 3D IC.
Touch Me, Feel Me: QuickLogic's Sensor Fusion Solution
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10/21/2013   3 comments
Sensor fusion involves taking the raw data coming out of multiple sensors and combining it and processing it to generate useful information.
Nominate Your Best-in-Test Product & Test Engineer of the Year
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10/21/2013   4 comments
Nominations are now open and will close on November 15, 2013. Awards will be announced at DesignCon 2014.
Silego's 20-Minute Design Contest: $500 Reward
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10/21/2013   Post a comment
On October 22, starting at High Noon Pacific Time, the folks from Silego will be holding a 20-minute design contest with a $500 prize.
PCs Down 11%, Tablets Up 53% in 2013
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10/21/2013   24 comments
A day before Apple launches its fifth-generation iPad, Gartner predicted a continued decline this year for PCs and a continued surge in tablets.
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