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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Power Week in Review: Solid-State Battery, Energy Harvesting Forecast, Remote Microgrids & More
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10/16/2013   2 comments
This week, a solid-state battery that promises to extend EV range, forecasts for energy harvesting devices and remote microgrids, and a new approach in a lithium cell monitoring IC.
Invensense Buys ADI's MEMS Mic Unit
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10/15/2013   2 comments
Invensense Inc. agrees to buy the micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) microphone business unit at Analog Devices Inc.
UBM Tech Announces EE Live! 2014: Featuring the Embedded Systems Conference, Summits & Boot Camps
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10/14/2013   9 comments
The biggest annual event for the electronics industry has a new name and lineup of cutting-edge educational programs.
Modular Robots Self-Assemble
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10/9/2013   5 comments
MIT researchers have created a module robotic paradigm called M-Robots that does not have external moving parts.
Mobile IC Vendors to Alter Automotive SoC Market
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10/8/2013   5 comments
The rise and fall of smartphone SoC companies has become intricately intertwined with the future of automotive chip suppliers. Many automotive IC companies are racing to dominate the fast-growing segment of in-vehicle infotainment SoCs.
Mike Noonen, GloFo Executive VP, Resigns
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10/7/2013   19 comments
Mike Noonen has resigned from his position as the executive vice president at GlobalFoundries. Noonen was responsible for global products, design, sales, and marketing at the world’s second largest foundry.
Video: Impact Caused Tesla Battery Fire
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10/7/2013   17 comments
A fire in a Tesla Model S electric sedan has once again placed a spotlight on the issue of lithium-ion battery safety.
Boston Dynamics Unleashes Wildcat, the Sprinting Quadruped Robot
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10/4/2013   44 comments
Boston Dynamics continues to surprise with robots that move with incredible speed, agility.
Intel Quark Rides Arduino
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10/3/2013   19 comments
Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich appeared on the Maker Faire Rome stage to show an Arduino-compatible board using Intel's new Quark processor.


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