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.
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.
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.
Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed
News & Analysis 10/25/2013 95 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.
Slideshow: The Evolution of Robots, Part 1
Slideshow 10/24/2013 4 comments
The robot industry is exploding, from fun applications to safety-critical ones. Here is a two-part slideshow on the Evolution of Robots. Part 1 highlights robots, except for the last entry, that were introduced during 2013.
Mobile IC Vendors to Alter Automotive SoC Market
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Intel Quark Rides Arduino
News & Analysis 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.