Toyota Case: Vehicle Testing Confirms Fatal Flaws News & Analysis 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.
Qualcomm Buys Arteris Tech, Team News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Sensor Hubs Arrive for Android News & Analysis 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.
SK Hynix Licenses BeSang's 3D IC News & Analysis 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.
ARM Drives Mali GPU to New High News & Analysis 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.
Is ARM Adopting Microsoft Model? News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed News & Analysis 10/25/2013 104 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.
Acceleration Case: Jury Finds Toyota Liable News & Analysis 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.
Oklahoma Jury to Deliberate Toyota Acceleration Case News & Analysis 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.
IBM Grabs ARM for ASICs News & Analysis 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.
Synthetic Biology Ramps Semiconductors News & Analysis 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.
Unbounded Robotics Unveils Co-Robot News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments