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Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain
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3/27/2015   1 comment
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year's Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware.
Robotic Bacteria Senses Humidity
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
A bacterial spore studded with graphene quantum dots makes the world best humidity sensor according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
How did Bosch achieve a future “MEMS titan” status? Why is STMicroelectronics slipping? Get the lowdown of MEMS Industry status and technology breakdown.
DARPA Robotics Challenge Gears Up For Finale
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
The latest highlights from DARPA's years-long robotics competition show us just how creative we can be. Here's what you need to know in advance of the grand finale in June.
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
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3/24/2015   6 comments
Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
Multicore MCU Brings Gigabit Ethernet to IoT
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Multiple cores bring blazing speed to low-cost MCUs for Ethernet connectivity and audio applications.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA
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3/20/2015   1 comment
Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
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3/19/2015   5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
AeroMobil Self-Flying Car Previews At SXSW
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3/17/2015   1 comment
AeroMobil has introduced a flying car, and soon the car will fly itself. The company detailed its plans at SXSW.
Are AGVs Ready for the Assembly Line?
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3/16/2015   Post a comment
A Michigan-based company is putting a new wrinkle on the decades-old concept of using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) on the factory floor.
Layoffs Hit 1,600 in Cypress Deal
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3/13/2015   1 comment
Cypress and Spansion are expected to lay off more than 20% of combined staff or about 1,600 people following their recently approved merger.
Vehicle-in-the-Loop Speeds Automotive Design Cycles
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3/13/2015   Post a comment
Confronted with increasing complexity and safety requirements for tomorrow’s vehicles, car designers increasingly use virtual test approaches to assure the correct functions of their systems. Complementing the known tool array of Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) and Software-in-the-Loop (SiL), technology company IPG GmbH suggests an approach it calls Vehicle-in-the-Loop (ViL), allowing users to significantly reduce the time to develop their Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
ST's Vigna Wins IEEE Award
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3/12/2015   Post a comment
Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president for the analog, MEMS, and sensors group at STMicroelectronics NV has been given a top IEEE award for his role in the development and commercialization of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms
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3/11/2015   4 comments
There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
NXP to Focus on All CMOS Radar Future
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3/9/2015   9 comments
NXP CEO sees making “big and clunky radars” small is critical for ADAS. NXP has an RF CMOS-based 80GHz radar front-end transmitter chip — a working prototype – in the hands of its lead customers for several months.
Harman: Connected Car to Alter Infotainment
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
With the Connected Car becoming reality, the infotainment landscape in the vehicles will undergo massive changes. At the recent Euroforum industry meeting on automotive electronics in Munich, Harman sketched they way from today's relatively simple infotainment systems to the connectivity hubs of the future.
Low-Power Wireless MCUs Proliferate
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Wireless device developers now have a new range of RF options that are low-power and easy to design with.
Parrot Takes Instant 3D Mapping to the Sky
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
On Nvidia's booth at embedded world, a robot arm was swinging a stereo camera assembly, in a drone-like fashion, demonstrating Parrot’s software capabilities to turn cheap stereovision into real-time 3D mapping using nVidia’s Jetson TK1 development kit.
NXP CEO: ‘Security, IoT, Cars’ Drove Freescale Deal
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3/3/2015   2 comments
NXP CEO spoke with on the overlapping businesses with Freescale, once the merger goes through. Products that don’t belong to NXP’s focus on “security and connectivity with a smarter world” are Freescale’s network processors and NXP’s standard products.
Spansion Adds RAM to HyperBus
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Combination of new HyperRAM and HyperFlash connected to a common HyperBus interface reduces pin counts and means smaller packages for use in automotive and Internet of Things devices
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better
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3/2/2015   13 comments
The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
Freescale Unveils Vision SoC for Accident-Free Cars
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Freescale has unveiled an automotive vision system-on-chip. Besides advanced vision algorithms and sensor data fusion features, the new SoC provides protection against external wireless attacks, a much needed feature in the era of “Connected Cars.”
NXP, Freescale Plan Mega Merger
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3/1/2015   23 comments
NXP bid to acquire Freescale to create a $10 billion embedded chip giant that would be a world leader in automotive chips and microcontrollers.
3D Printing Everywhere from Lab to Factory
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3/1/2015   Post a comment
3D printers have moved out of the toy store and onto the factory floor, at Local Motors, and into the physic lab, at Princeton University.
Infineon: CAN FD Success Goes at Expense of FlexRay
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2/27/2015   Post a comment
The faster version of the venerable CAN bus, CAN FD is currently taking off at several carmakers. Infineon's Thomas Böhm, Head of Body / Automotive, believes this could well go at the expense of FlexRay.
Tessera Buys Smart Sensors for Iris Recognition
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2/26/2015   Post a comment
FotoNation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of chip packaging company Tessera Technologies Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has acquired Smart Sensors Ltd. (Bath, England), a developer of iris recognition biometric technology.
Radar Can't Spot Mystery Drones over Paris
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2/26/2015   5 comments
Unidentified drones were spotted in the skies above Paris two nights in a row this week. The French authorities don’t know who is controlling them, the number of drones involved, or even if they were all coordinated.
5 Trends to Watch at Mobile World Congress
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2/25/2015   4 comments
Anything and everything in the world that demands wireless connectivity – cars, phones, homes, retail transactions, factories, buildings, wearables, public transportation systems, you name it – is descending upon the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona.
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft
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2/23/2015   2 comments
We talked with Yannick Levy, vice president of Parrot (Paris), to find out how the FAA’s draft drone rules are viewed in Europe, and where the focus of the drone debate will move next.
Self-Driving Cars in Real-World Traffic With Real Customers
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2/20/2015   Post a comment
Volvo has provided details of its plan to carry out a project with 100 self-driving cars in Gothenburg's real-world traffic. The project reveals which problems autonomous driving will be confronted with.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
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2/18/2015   12 comments
Under the FAA’s proposed rules, gone are such antiquated rules as [drone] operators must be “licensed pilots.” Intact are “see and avoid” principles; must fly within line of sight of the operator.
Microsoft, Google Beat Humans at Image Recognition
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2/18/2015   14 comments
The world's first algorithm to classify images more accurately than humans is claimed by Microsoft.
NeuroMem IC Matches Patterns, Sees All, Knows All
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2/17/2015   7 comments
NeuroMem, a startup, spun out of General Vision, is betting the farm on the growing demand for pattern recognition in data analytics.
Volvo Cars Share Road-Condition Info in the Cloud
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2/13/2015   Post a comment
In a joint project, carmaker Volvo and the Swedish and Norwegian public agencies combine V2X communications and cloud-based data storage and processing. The purpose: spreading information about hazardous road condition as quickly as possible.
Nvidia Envisions Self-Driving Cars
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2/13/2015   1 comment
Automotive and mobile gaming were growth areas for graphics processor company Nvidia in 2014; Nvidia sees Tegra X1 and deep learning leading way to self-driving cars.
Rear Axle Becomes Steerable… by Wire
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2/11/2015   3 comments
In an innovative approach to automotive kinematics, ZF Friedrichshafen, which recently took over mechatronic systems supplier TRW Automotive, introduces a steerable rear axle design in which decisive elements are controlled by software.
Nanorobots Must Self Repair
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2/11/2015   Post a comment
Beyond MEMS is the realm of molecular machines 1000-times smaller and using self-repairing mechanisms according to Columbia University.
ST Extends MEMS Pilot Line Project
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2/10/2015   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV is set to benefit from an extension of the Lab4MEMS pilot project that has been agreed by the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) Joint Undertaking (JU), a public-private partnership in nanoelectronics.
Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now
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2/9/2015   15 comments
From open source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Scalable Electric Powertrain Targets Utility Vehicles
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2/5/2015   Post a comment
While electromobility gains traction, the development of commercial vehicles with electric powetrain lags. Their powertrain is just too expensive, clumsy and heavy. Fraunhofer researchers addressed this problem with an optimized axle module with integrated motor.
Sony to Ramp CMOS Image Sensor Production
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2/3/2015   Post a comment
Sony is spending in FY15 on image sensor production to meet smartphone demand and reinforce its number one position, while closing down an IC development site.
Diamond Qubits: Everybody's Best Friend
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2/3/2015   1 comment
Quantum computers got a big boost recently when scientists at MIT found a way to embed then in artificial diamonds.
Toyota Tests Silicon Carbide Tech in Near-Series Designs
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2/2/2015   3 comments
Silicon carbide (SiC) power devices will get a test drive in Toyota's prototype car. If successful, SiC-based power control units may lower power needs in hybrids.
CMOS Image Sensor Market on 10.6% CAGR
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
The rapid uptake of CMOS image sensors in automotive applications has raised the predicted growth rate for a market already transitioning with the rise of the smartphone, according to Yole Developpement.
SanDisk's Flash to Go Auto-Grade
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2/2/2015   5 comments
Now with its memory chips AEC-Q100 certified, SanDisk hopes to make automotive a strong focus, meeting the design and supply needs of Tier Ones and car OEMs.
Sony Joins FDSOI Club
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1/30/2015   50 comments
Sony Corp. revealed that the company’s next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip will use 28-nm Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator (FDSOI) process.
Rambus Readies Lensless Image Sensor Platform
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1/30/2015   4 comments
Intellectual property licensor Rambus is going to provide a "platform" for the maker community and others to use to experiment with its previously announced lensless image sensors, according to CEO Ron Black.
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