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 102 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.
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.